Watercolor Tutorials and Watercolor Paintings

I just wanted to share and invite you to come and play with water, paint, brushes and paper and watch some of your favorite local artists demonstrations at Meininger’s this week, Friday, June 23rd from 12–5pm, and Saturday, June 24th from 12–4pm.

I will be doing demonstrations between Noon and 2pm on both Friday and Saturday at the Denver Meininger’s location at 499 Broadway.

Make sure to come by and see all the artist demos – it’s free and you can visit vendor tables where you can learn about and test out different watercolors, brushes and surfaces. Plus get FREE samples available at vendor tables while supplies last!

Here’s an image from Meininger’s newsletter, I’m proud to have my work featured as the banner for the event!

Meininger's Watercolor Days in June 2017

This event is for you:

  • If you’ve been timid about painting in watercolor
  • If you are looking to try out different brands of watercolors, watercolor pencils, surfaces, brushes and more
  • If you want to get started in watercolors
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Denver Watercolor Tutorial - Workshop at Botanic GardensDenver Botanic Gardens Watercolor Workshops
Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Summer Months 2017
Dates: June 17 & 18 and July 29 & 30
Please email me if you’re interested

As we head into the summer and the season of gardening, dig out your easel and paints to join Dennis Pendleton at the Botanic Gardens.  Flowers, foliage, and water offer the artist a rainbow of colors and diversity of forms.  And this year the magnificent sculptures of Alexander Calder will be on display in the gardens.  Monet, the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, once said, “I perhaps owe it to flowers that I became a painter.”  The garden gave him freedom to break new ground and explore.  Just like Monet, you will be enchanted by the gardens as you learn from Dennis how to compose, identify values, and mix colors.  Each day there will be a demonstration, personal instruction, and critiques.  Your paintings will blossom as you investigate flowers, trees, water, sunlight, and the sculptures by Alexander Calder.  Come see the garden with fresh eyes! Dennis will demonstrate each day and then give personal attention to the students.

The price of the workshop is $100 per weekend
Or, if you can only make one day, the cost is $50 for a single-day Workshop.

If you are interested or have any questions email me at pendletonstudio@gmail.com

Watercolor Workshop in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
August 11, 12, & 13
Price: $350
To register contact the Steamboat Art Museum: 970-870-1755

Join me in Steamboat Springs Colorado to capture the unique beauty of the Yampa and Elk River Valleys in this watercolor Landscape Workshop. Working ranches with horses and cattle, old barns and haystacks, and emerald fields against the blue indigo mountains provides the ultimate setting for the watercolor artist.  Dennis will demonstrate lessons on painting aspen trees, rivers and streams, haystacks, old barns, and the historical train depot.

Plan on returning home with a portfolio of memories and photo reference material. Basic watercolor experience needed.

Students are responsible for their lodging and meals. Dottie at the Steamboat Art Museum can make recommendations on lodging.

I am happy to announce that I just won an award for one of the best art instructors in Colorado. It was based on student satisfaction, classes available,media presence and a few other categories.  It is posted on my website if you would like to read more about it.

I just finished teaching a five day watercolor workshop in Taos New Mexico at the famous Mabel Dodge Luhan House.  The weather was excellent and we visited different locations for painting each day.  This old adobe house was a fascinating subject and the cast shadows from the tree made it even more interesting.  The painting was done in an Aquabee Watercolor Sketchbook with Winsor&Newton paints and sable travel brushes.  The French Impressionists showed us that shadows and cast shadows are full of color rather than just darker tones of gray and black.  The rich mixture of mineral violet and yellow ochre for the cast shadows on the adobe add life and interest to this painting.

Check out my Taos & Sante Fe Portfolio for more paintings of Taos New Mexico.

Here are some photos from the June Taos Watercolor Workshop with Dennis Pendleton in May 2017:

A student watercolor setup while painting at the Couse House in Taos:

Painting at the Couse House:
Taos Watercolor Workshop - Dennis Pendleton

Painting in beautiful Arroyo Seco:

We have daily critiques to admire and discuss everyone’s work for the day. Typically everyone painted 1-2 paintings a day. Some students think the best part of the workshop is the critique, as it’s so wonderful to see and get inspired by what everyone painted.

Taos Watercolor Workshop - Dennis Pendleton

Dennis doing his daily Watercolor demonstration:
Taos Watercolor Workshop - Dennis Pendleton

 

Here’s a sampling of some student work from the Taos Watercolor Workshop:Student Work from Taos Watercolor Workshop - Dennis Pendleton

Join us next time! Learn more about the Taos Watercolor Workshop » 

Dennis Pendleton also offers other Urban Sketcher Workshops and Watercolor Workshops thorughout the year in Denver, Colorado, and teaches at the Art Student’s League of Denver.  View all of his Watercolor Classes & Workshops »

Urban Sketching Workshop Three Sundays In June
All 3 Classes: $150 • Single Day Workshop: $50
June 4, 11 & 25
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(July-August dates TBA)

Places where we live, work, and play are fascinating subjects for drawing and painting.  Join me weekly on location this summer as I demonstrate the fundamentals of urban sketching.  Fill your sketchbook with bustling cityscapes and quiet neighborhoods.  This “how-to” workshop will teach you to capture the essence of a scene quickly at home and prepare you to record your travels.  Come with me and open new avenues of inspiration on the road.

If you are interested or have any questions email me at pendletonstudio@gmail.com

To insure your space for the June session, send your check for $150 (or $50 per workshop desired) to:

Dennis Pendleton
5220 S. Ulster Street #2119
Greenwood Village, CO.  80111

Denver Watercolor Instructor AwardI am honored to share that I recently won an Expertise award in the Best Painting & Drawing Teachers in Denver category by Expertise.com. I was selected as one of the top 10 teachers they selected for the award.

I love teaching Watercolor Classes and Workshops in Denver, Taos and beyond.

Here’s Expertise.com’s review:

“Dennis Pendleton Studio brings a lifetime of experience to painting and drawing lessons in the Denver area. He specializes in teaching people how to paint watercolors, and watercolor classes and workshops are available all year long. The instructor also has numerous online tutorials available for purchase for beginners as well as advanced painters, with topics such as how to select watercolors, proper supplies, mixing colors, creating shapes and edges, brush strokes, and various techniques. Individuals interested in scheduling a private lesson or workshop can contact the studio directly on its website, and people can also view some of the teacher’s recent work online as well. Interested students can sign up for his blog on his website and can sign up for a mailing list for classes and workshops by visiting www.dennispendletonstudio.com.”

Check out my current Watercolor classes here »

Check out my online Watercolor tutorials »

Below is a screenshot of the award page:

Best Watercolor Teacher in Denver

My name is Dennis Pendleton, and I teach watercolor classes in Denver, Colorado. I love teaching Watercolor Classes and Watercolor Workshops in Denver, Taos and the world!

Check out my current Watercolor classes here »
Check out my online Watercolor tutorials »

I was proud to have recently won an teaching award, here’s Expertise.com’s recent review:

“Dennis Pendleton Studio brings a lifetime of experience to painting and drawing lessons in the Denver area. He specializes in teaching people how to paint watercolors, and watercolor classes and workshops are available all year long. The instructor also has numerous online tutorials available for purchase for beginners as well as advanced painters, with topics such as how to select watercolors, proper supplies, mixing colors, creating shapes and edges, brush strokes, and various techniques. Individuals interested in scheduling a private lesson or workshop can contact the studio directly on its website, and people can also view some of the teacher’s recent work online as well. Interested students can sign up for his blog on his website and can sign up for a mailing list for classes and workshops by visiting www.dennispendletonstudio.com.”

 

Plein air painting, painting outdoors on location, is one of my favorite things and I did this painting during a workshop in Tuscany Italy.  The weather was perfect for the entire workshop and scenes like this were everywhere.  As a demonstration, I talked about this painting in terms of middle ground, back ground, and foreground.  The gray and blue hills are the background, the area with the house and cyprus trees is the middle ground and the green hills with the garden are the foreground.  In landscape painting the middle ground often contains the most interest with a big value range, more details, warm and cool colors, and different ways to direct the viewers eye.  The large gray hills on the left and the dark values at their base are used to balance the painting so that the house and cyprus trees don’t tip the painting to the right.  I will be posting more plein air paintings on my blog and starting in May I will be teaching an Urban Sketchers Workshop here in Denver where we will be doing lots of plein air painting.  If you would like information on the workshop send me an email to pendletonstudio@gmail.com