Programs & Workshops: “Break the Rules with Loose Watercolors”
Program: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010 from 7-9 pm
- Program Free to members, $3 non-members. PLUS there will be an opportunity drawing for a Tom Fong Original Watercolor , valued at over $250.
Workshop: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 from 8:30am to 3:30pm.
- Attendance limited to 14, so, sign up early! A workshop supply list will be available through the gallery in early January.
Tom Fong is a popular watercolor instructor who conducts many workshops. He is an active artist as well as an instructor. A native Californian, Fong graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Design.
Tom Fong merges simplicity and serenity with bright colors in his painting. Tom paints fluidly, loosely and with a willingness to explore and express freely on paper. He paints bold, spontaneous, and direct. He lets chance and improvisation create excitement in his art. Tom finishes his work with calligraphic brushstrokes retaining only the elements necessary for the meaning.
His watercolors have been juried into national exhibitions. Tom’s work has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Artist, American Artist, and was included in an article “20 Great Teachers” in the collector’s edition of Watercolors by the American Artist.
Tom teaches at various colleges and conducts national and international workshops, including the American Artist and the Artist Magazine Trade Show workshops, The Palm Springs Desert Museum Workshop and The San Diego Watercolor Society Workshop. He continues be a guest instructor for The Yosemite National Park Association.
He has conducted Watercolor Demonstration Series for Watercolor West and The National Watercolor Society. Tom has earned Signature Membership in Watercolor West, where he served as President. He gives watercolor demonstrations, conducts workshops, and judges art shows upon request.
Tom begins his workshop with a lecture, then starts his demonstration painting with a large flat brush, painting fast, bold, direct, spontaneous, and not labored. Personal and group critique will be given. He encourages students to paint “free and loose” through the creative spirit of intuition and improvisation, trusting it to help them discover new techniques in painting. Students will create a piece of exciting watercolor art to take home and enjoy. Tom will demonstrate his approach throughout the workshop… to be free, to explore, and to let your hand lead through to new discoveries!
Tom’s website is www.tomfongwatercolors.com