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UPCOMING ON-LINE COURSES


See immediately below for the TEXTURE TECHNIQUES FOR WINNING WATERCOLORS I course

Scroll down for the TEXTURE TECHNIQUES II: TEXTURE AND BEYOND course

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TEXTURE TECHNIQUES FOR WINNING WATERCOLORS I

AT A GLANCE

LOCATION: On-line via Zoom

UPCOMING COURSE:  SEND ME AN E-MAIL AT bradley@bradleyhendershot.com for questions or to receive an invoice to sign up.

Dates / Times: 6 weeks; THURSDAY evenings from 7:00pm until 8:30 EST, beginning March 4, 2021 and continuing through April 8, 2021. The two January-February sections sold out within a couple of weeks, so get your request in to me soon via e-mail. I hope that you will join us in March!

Please Note Prior to Signing Up: Emphasis is placed on real-time instruction and group discussion and questions. Therefore it is necessary that participants attend actual classes. Classes are not recorded and there will not be make-up classes. Students must have Zoom capabilities as well as reliable internet connection and are responsible for their own technology set-ups.

Cost and Registration: $ 225.00/person (includes non-refundable $ 50 registration). PayPal and Visa/MasterCard only. Send me an e-mail at bradley@bradleyhendershot.com if you have any questions or to sign up for the class. I will send you an invoice via e-mail. Registration deadline is Thursday, February 26, 2021.

Cancellation Policy: Refund via PayPal of $ 225.00 minus the $ 50 registration fee. Cancellations up until 7 days prior to the first class.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate. You should have some knowledge of the basics of watercolor and you have done some watercolor painting. We will not be describing basic watercolor procedures in this class.

Overview: This is the first in a series of courses designed to work with texture techniques developed by, and used by, my father (Ray Hendershot, 1931-2019, AWS, NWS) and me, and outlined in his book Texture Techniques for Winning Watercolors (North Light Books, Cincinnati, 1999). As Dad said in the book, “We are all familiar with the precept ‘One of the most important things you can learn about painting is knowing when to stop.’ I submit to you that, for fear of overworking a painting, many learning artists tend to stop too soon, neglecting those extra little touches that can elevate an acceptable watercolor painting to the level of an outstanding watercolor painting.”

The Course Itself: This is a lecture/demo course. Real-time painting during the class is NOT recommended. Participants in the past have done well with observation and note-taking during the class, with individual work and practice being done during the week following each class. A notebook is highly recommended in order to record notes as well as things to investigate prior to the next class. 

Give a Gift: Think outside the box and consider this class as a gift for the aspiring artist in your life!

IN MORE DEPTH

Description and Topics: Watercolor and drybrush techniques with an emphasis on texture and mood will be the focus of this course. Join in on the fun as we explore beyond the "accepted rules" of traditional watercolor, employing drybrush; spattering and splattering; spritzing; scratching and scraping; blotting and patting; sponging; scrubbing out; the use of opaques; and a host of other techniques aimed at enhancing your paintings. Accept the challenge of taking your watercolors one step further, elevating a good painting to a great painting.

Participants will be encouraged to think outside of the box of traditional watercolor, exploring new insights, and expanding upon preconceived ideas of what a watercolor painting should be. Our focus will not be on developing Bradley, or Ray, Hendershot clones, but on learning new techniques and applying them to your own ideas and inspirations, and on gaining confidence in your newly found skills. Our goal is not necessarily to complete finished paintings, but to develop skills that the artist can take with him or her and apply to their own paintings.

My father Ray's book, Texture Techniques for Winning Watercolors, will be a part of this course, and I will certainly be sharing his processes. But I will be expanding on this with my own techniques as well. Additionally, we will look at some of the materials and technques that Dad developed subsequent to the publication of the book. We will also be looking at some of Dad's original studies and paintings in order to demonstrate the end result of some of his texture techniques.

I prefer my classes to be more than a pre-taped YouTube video (which can be wonderful and contain a lot of good information, but, the interactive component is missing). So, focus will be on interactive and individualized instruction such as problem-solving in real-time. I hope to encourage a lot of questions and comments, and a lot of sharing of knowledge. The outcome goal for participants is to obtain a stronger, and more expanded, foundation of skills to be applied to their own works during the duration of the course and beyond. I would encourage everyone to share their experiments and results with the class.

This course promises to be a fantastic experience, and I am looking forward to working with you all! Hope to see you on-line!


Materials: A suggested materials list and additional introductory material will be provided upon registration and payment.

Contact: Send e-mail to bradley@bradleyhendershot.com for inquiries, additional information, or to inquire about signing up. I will send you an invoice via e-mail.

TEXTURE TECHNIQUES II: TEXTURE AND BEYOND

AT A GLANCE

Location: On-line via Zoom

UPCOMING COURSE:  SEND ME AN E-MAIL AT bradley@bradleyhendershot.com for questions or to receive an invoice to sign up.

Dates / Times: 6 weeks; MONDAY evenings from 7:00pm until 8:30 EST, beginning March 8, 2021 and continuing through April 12, 2021. Previous sections of Texture Techniques for Winning Watercolors I sold out very quickly, so get your request in to me soon via e-mail. I hope that you will join us in March!

Prerequisite Course: Texture Techniques for Winning Watercolors I

Please Note Prior to Signing Up: Emphasis is placed on real-time instruction and group discussion and questions. Therefore it is necessary that participants attend actual classes. Classes are not recorded and there will not be make-up classes. Students must have Zoom capabilities as well as reliable internet connection and are responsible for their own technology set-ups.

Cost and Registration: $ 225.00/person (includes non-refundable $ 50 registration). PayPal and Visa/MasterCard only. Send me an e-mail at bradley@bradleyhendershot.com if you have any questions or to sign up for the class. I will send you an invoice via e-mail. Registration deadline is Monday, March 1, 2021.

Cancellation Policy: Refund via PayPal of $ 225.00 minus the $ 50 registration fee. Cancellations up until 7 days prior to the first class.

Skill Level: Intermediate. The prerequisite for this course is Texture Techniques for Winning Watercolors I as we will be expanding on many of the techniques covered previously. You should have some knowledge of the basics of watercolor and you have done some watercolor painting. We will not be describing basic watercolor procedures in this class.

Overview: This is the second in a series of courses designed to work with texture techniques developed by, and used by, my father (Ray Hendershot, 1931-2019, AWS, NWS) and me, and outlined in his book Texture Techniques for Winning Watercolors (North Light Books, Cincinnati, 1999).We will be expanding on what was covered in Texture Techniques for Winning Watercolors I with an emphasis placed on selecting a subject, developing an idea, and composing a great painting. 

The Course Itself: This is a lecture/demo course. Real-time painting during the class is NOT recommended. Participants in the past have done well with observation and note-taking during the class, with individual work and practice being done during the week following each class. A notebook is highly recommended in order to record notes as well as things to investigate prior to the next class. 

IN MORE DEPTH

Description and Topics: Texture techniques studied in the previous course will be further developed with emphasis placed on incorporation into finished paintings rather than a series of exercises. Course topics will include preliminary works; composition and the development of ideas with the goal of good design in the finished painting; defining the subject and the focus; the pursuit of mood and feeling and the reason for the painting; and the overall harmony of the painting. 

Experimentation and practice are essential for improving one’s skill set, and individual work between classes, as well as sharing of painting experiences during class time, will be encouraged. Part of each class will be devoted to instructor and group critique and exchange of ideas. I would encourage everyone to share their experiments and results with the class.
 
We will continue what we started in the first course, which is the pursuit of enhancing your paintings and challenging yourself to take your watercolors one step further, elevating a good painting to a great painting.

We will be covering skies, both day and night, and varying light and atmospheric effects. We will also be exploring the varying textures of weathered clapboard and shingles, stucco, and stone in buildings, and a variety of surfaces of detail objects. We will also expand on creating believable foreground foliage and rock textures.

Participants will again be encouraged to think outside the box of traditional watercolor, exploring new insights, and expanding upon preconceived ideas of what a watercolor painting should be. Our focus will not be on developing Bradley, or Ray, Hendershot clones, but on learning new techniques and applying them to your own ideas and inspirations, and on gaining confidence in your newly found skills. Our goal will be to develop skills that the artist can take with him or her and apply to their own subject matter and paintings.
 
I prefer my classes to be more than a pre-taped YouTube video (which can be wonderful and contain a lot of good information, but, the interactive component is missing). So, focus will be on interactive and individualized instruction such as problem-solving in real-time. I hope to encourage a lot of questions and comments, and a lot of sharing of knowledge. The outcome goal for participants is to obtain a stronger, and more expanded, foundation of skills to be applied to their own works during the duration of the course and beyond.

This course promises to be a fantastic experience, and I am looking forward to working with you all! Hope to see you on-line!

Materials: A suggested materials list and additional introductory material will be provided upon registration and payment.

Contact: Send e-mail to bradley@bradleyhendershot.com for inquiries, additional information, or to inquire about signing up. I will send you an invoice via e-mail.

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

The Artist: Brad grew up painting alongside his father Ray, who was his greatest inspiration. He has been painting for his entire life, mostly in the water media, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and information gained through many years of trial and error. Brad has the ability to convey the most difficult of procedures with a simple step-by-step methodology. He has an intense devotion and enthusiasm for what he does, and he will bring his energy to the class. You are bound to enjoy Brad’s personality and sense of humor, as well as his countless stories of life as an artist, both in Pennsylvania and on the remote North Atlantic island of Monhegan.

The January 2015 issue of Radius magazine states "It is clear through his work that Hendershot is a traditional realist in the Brandywine School, a style that emphasizes attention to realism, an expression of optimism, and a faith in the goodness of America. It was developed by Howard Pyle, and taught beginning in 1900 at his Howard Pyle School of Art in Chadds Ford, PA. The Brandywine School, or Brandywine Tradition, is widely recognized as a distinctly American school of illustration and art which has continued through members of the school, including the Wyeth family of artists."

Hendershot says: "I am inspired by my daily life and I paint what is familiar to me--places and things that I know well, places and things that have a special meaning to me. My painting process is very personal to me, and I paint subjects that are intimate to my life in rural Pennsylvania and on Monhegan Island, Maine. My work involves intense feelings, and I hope that my paintings are able to evoke a strong emotional response. Often, an event in my life triggers feelings that result in the mood of a painting. My paintings tell a story, and that story is my life. There is strong emotion in each piece, and I want to share that emotion."

Brad is primarily a painter of coastal Maine and rural Pennsylvania--regions that he knows well, regions that have special meaning to him.

Many of Brad’s subjects can be found close to his home and studio in Hoppenville, Marlborough Township, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. "My Pennsylvania paintings depict the rural community and a way of life that is quickly fading into the past. Many of the timber and stone barns and mills, the houses and outbuildings, which are part of the Pennsylvania heritage, are rapidly disappearing. I’d like to feel that I am doing my part to preserve this history in my paintings." The Hendershot & Krieg Studio at Hoppenville House in Hoppenville, Pennsylvania, which he shares with his wife, artist Katharine (Katy) Krieg is open by chance or by appointment, or during one of the advertised scheduled open houses during the year.

Brad loves the sea and has been summering on Monhegan Island, Maine, for the past twenty-five years, where he and Katy run an open studio/gallery. "I try to capture the remoteness and isolation of this tiny fishing village twelve miles out to sea, which has been an artist’s colony for over 150 years." Painting on Island during the summer without the normal distractions of everyday life on the mainland allows for his full devotion to the craft. "I love the rugged shoreline of the mid-coast region and Monhegan Island where I enjoy the smell of salt air and the feeling of sea spray. I’ve always loved the sea, probably a combination of things –the boats, the energy of the surf, the rocks, the storms and the romance of it all. I hope this comes across in my paintings of the weathered clapboard lobster shanties and the granite towers of the lighthouses."

Although Brad paints with an intense devotion to realistic detail, he often employs artistic license for the sake of composition and to evoke a certain feeling or mood in the viewer. Using his creativity in the overall planning of a work, Brad emphasizes the features and details that best capture and produce the desired effect or emotion. Brad is forever continuing to learn and to grow, and he feels that each new work presents an opportunity to develop and refine his techniques.

Hendershot has earned signature artist membership in the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), signature professional artist status in the International Society of Marine Painters (ISMP), signature membership in the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society (PWS), and signature membership in the Philadelphia Water Color Society (PWCS). His works appear in public and private collections nationwide and around the world, including the museum and corporate collections of the Michener Museum, MBNA, Bank of Delaware, Delaware Trust, St. Luke's University Hospital, and the University of Delaware. Brad's paintings are currently issued as limited-edition giclee reproductions by Stonerow Publishing in Pennsylvania, and previously as open-edition reproductions by McGaw Graphics in Vermont and by Frames Plus in New York.

web site: www.bradleyhendershot.com
web site for reproductions and small works: www.stonerowpublishing.com (click on the Store tab)
e-mail: bradley@bradleyhendershot.com
Artist Facebook: www.facebook.com/BradleyHendershotStudios
Personal Facebook: www.facebook.com/bradley.hendershot.5
studio telephone: 215-872-2220