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CAROLYN LORD WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP Plein Air Approach to Watercolors

  • 09 May 2024
  • 9:00 AM
  • 11 May 2024
  • 4:00 PM
  • Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 East Orchard Road, Greenwood Village, CO 80121
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  • Current members of the Colorado Watercolor Society, up-to-date with their dues.
  • Not a member of the Colorado Watercolor Society, or member with lapsed membership dues.

Registration is closed



Plein Air Approach

to Watercolors



Carolyn Lord was introduced to plein air watercolor painting, and the bold color and strong design of the California Watercolor Style while a college student in the 1970’s. With further education and practice, she has integrated aspects of Tonalism and Impressionism into her current work.

Her paintings are represented by galleries in Northern and Southern California; Mt Carmel, Utah, and Crested Butte, Colorado. Lord is a Signature member of the National Watercolor Society; California Watercolor Association, California Art Club; and American Women Artists. She has served as a juror or judge for National Watercolor Society, Arizona Aqueous, Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolors, and most recently California Watercolor Association’s 54th National Exhibition. Lord participated in 2014 and 2023’s Crested Butte Plein Air, as an invited artist, and had a painting in the 50th Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition, in Evergreen.


The portability and vibrancy of watercolor makes it ideal for plein air painting. I also know that in

Colorado, May can bring rain, hail, or snow! Planning for the unpredictable weather, the workshop will

use the projector and screen at The Curtis Center for the Arts to create a modified “plein air”



First Day: how to organize the watercolor palette; pigment selection; color perspective. Afternoon:  painting demonstration: selecting motif; set-up of equipment; discussion of drawing, composition, strategies, light and shadow, block-in.

Second Day and Third Morning: students paint and receive individual instruction throughout the day. Expect to do at least 3 paintings.  

Final Afternoon: painting demonstration either indoors or weather permitting, out-of-doors.

Date: May 9 th , 10 th , & 11 th , 2024

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm daily (the building may be entered at 8.30 a.m. for set up) 

Location: Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 East Orchard Road, Greenwood Village, CO  80121

*This is a new venue for workshops for us. It is our gallery for the State Show and the show will

be hung for the workshop! There is a separate entrance to the workshop space directly from

the parking lot with ramp.

Lunch break: 12:00- 1:00 p.m.

*Bring your own lunch and a large garbage bag to protect the table underneath your painting.

Workshop fees are $350.00 for CWS members and $400.00 for non-members (or members with

lapsed membership dues). Board members $280.00

Click HERE for the Workshop Materials List 

How to Register: 

You can register online @ https://www.coloradowatercolorsociety.org/events for your convenience.


If online registration is closed before the deadline, it is because the workshop is full, but please

register for the waiting list. (The waiting list usually gets called, as there often are some

cancellations by participants.)

A full refund will be given for cancellations up to 30 days prior to the start of the workshop.

After that date no refunds can be issued.

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