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Thomas Schaller

Workshop: September 7th – 10th, 2017; fee: $795 CDN

Following a 22-year career in New York City as an architect and architectural artist, Tom Schaller is now based in Los Angeles where he devotes himself full-time to fine artwork in the watercolor medium. Long considered one of the foremost architectural artists in the world, he has won many awards for his artwork, including being a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize. Abandoned Gatehouse by Tom Schaller

He has authored two books; the best-selling and AIA award of merit winner, “Architecture in Watercolor” and ‘The Art of Architectural Drawing.” Tom is increasingly in demand internationally to conduct his watercolor workshop series, “The Architecture of Light”.

A Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society, and Artist Member of the California Art Club, Tom is an active member of many professional arts organizations and is a founding member of North American Watercolor Artists.Out of water by Tom Schaller

“All paintings tell a story, and in my paintings, “light” is the constant narrative.  In my work, the concentration is less on specific objects or spaces, and more on the light that defines them.

Watercolor can be seen as a “subtractive” process in that – as a transparent medium – it is the pure white of the paper’s surface that is the sole source of light.  Every color or tone added subtracts from the total amount of light available.  So it is essential that we must plan for and  protect the areas of white – of light  – in our paintings at all costs.”

“I emphasize the strength of quick, loose, intuitive watercolors – those that are all completed in one go and draw heavily from sense memory and emotion.  For me, the strongest watercolors are those that still look wet even when completely dry. Finally, we will discuss why the strongest watercolors are often those that incorporate a more full spectrum of watercolor’s expressive possibilities within a single work – from a loose wet-in-wet approach, to nearly opaque, dry brush applications.”

Tom Schaller