Adult Opportunities

Visiting Artist Workshop: Conceptual Landscapes in Watercolor with Bryce Lafferty

Create a place-based, content-rich watercolor painting that captures your connection to the landscape.

Content Detail

In this intermediate watercolor workshop conducted by artist and educator Bryce Lafferty, participants will visualize connections between landscape elements at The Morton Arboretum and their own personal responses to nature.

Lafferty’s watercolors are poetic mixtures of science and personal expression. In this workshop, he will teach his process for generating content-rich and layered works, demonstrate intermediate watercolor techniques, and help students identify compositional strategies that support their own unique ideas.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum. Please see What to Know for required supplies that participants should purchase in advance.

Instructor: Bryce Lafferty, artist

Age: 16 and older

Course number: A620

Bryce Lafferty, artist

Bryce Lafferty is an artist and educator based in Jacksonville, Alabama. His watercolor drawings, which center on his interest in the natural world, are represented by Momentum Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina. He is a professor at Jacksonville State University where he teaches drawing and painting. He is originally from the Northeast and received his MFA from the University of North Texas. Lafferty currently lives in Alabama with his four children. He is enamored by the abundant variety of living things and geologic features to be discovered in the Southeast.

What to Know

Please bring the following supplies:

Recommended brushes: synthetic sable, Princeton or equivalent in round 1, 3, 6, 8, and 12, and square flat 1 inch, ½ inch, and ¼ inch

Palette: any flat white waterproof surface, Ideally with individual wells

Recommended paint: student grade, Cotman or equivalent. Colors: ultramarine blue, phthalo blue, or Prussian blue; alizarin crimson permanent, cadmium red or permanent red; new gamboge, lemon yellow, arulean yellow, or Hansa yellow; sap green or hooker’s green; viridian Chinese white, permanent white, or zinc white; yellow ocher, raw umber, or burnt sienna; mars black, lamp black, or ivory black.

Sketchbook, pencil, and eraser

Watercolor paper: 400 pound, cold press, size 22” x30”

Program Schedule

Friday, October 6, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 7, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 8, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Thornhill Education Center


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