Philadelphia Water Color Society

Splash Dynamic - Bold Watercolor Painting Workshop with Tim Saternow

  • October 15, 2024
  • October 16, 2024
  • 2 sessions
  • October 15, 2024, 9:30 AM 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • October 16, 2024, 9:30 AM 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • Penn State Great Valley, Conference Ctr Bldg 205, 30 E. Swedesford Road, Malvern, PA 19355
  • 22


  • (You will need to log in with your member account to take advantage of this discount.)


Join Tim Saternow for this two-day workshop on creating strong watercolor paintings using bold value arrangements, powerful lights and darks, correct linear perspective, and attention to effective compositions in urban landscape paintings.

BAR, Baxter Street, NYC by Tim Saternow

This workshop will concentrate on the process of developing a watercolor painting beginning with small value sketches in pencil, the use of ‘grisaille’ (monochromatic under-painting) to build value contrast, layering of local color, and ‘deconstructing’ a painting with the use of thrown water, splatters, runs and blooms. My technique will have you turn around your ideas of approaching a painting. We will look at ‘light shapes’ and ‘shadow shapes’ and not simply objects. You will start with the darkest darks (while saving the white paper), and then begin to build a painting by observing the power of light and shadow – it’s all about value patterns.

With demonstrations, close individual instruction, and encouraging critiques, Splash Dynamic will give students the skills to successfully turn a research photo into an exciting painting (not just a duplication of the photo) that becomes a very personal vision of the artist.

Think drama!

Materials list will be sent to registrants


  • October 15: 9:30 AM until 4:00 PM, with a 30 to 60 minute on-site lunch break
  • October 16: 9:30AM until 4:00 PM, with a 30 to 60 minute on-site lunch break.

Payment Policy:

  • Payment has to be completed to guarantee a seat in the workshop.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Students are responsible for the full tuition amount after 60 days prior to the workshop. If there is a person on the waitlist, or if the committed artist can find a replacement after 60 days prior to the workshop, the original artist will receive a refund.

About Tim Saternow

Tim Saternow is an American landscape painter, Signature member of the American Watercolor Society, Philadelphia Water Color Society, and the National Watercolor Society. He has exhibited widely in New York City, across the U.S., and in China and Italy. An Emmy nominated TV designer, his paintings are published in numerous books and magazines.

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