Capturing Galena in Pen and Ink and Watercolor!



Instructor: Ann Thomas

Ann Thomas will conduct a workshop using minimal sketching tools. With your own portable ink pens, small watercolor set, and sketchpad, enjoy capturing the wonderful architecture of Galena, Illinois, with its charming downtown area and abundant historical buildings. Ann will share her techniques for laying down quick pen and ink line images, and then adding tone, texture, contrast, and vibrant color to create spontaneous-energy filled drawings.

Ann encourages students to bring the tools they already have and with which they are comfortable. This is a very portable class, and the media used should be quick drying and easy to carry.

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Ann has a degree in graphic design from Milwaukee Area Technical College and returned to Mount Mary University to continue studies in computer graphics. She has always loved drawing and fell in love with pen and ink, studying techniques of the Masters and other wonderful artists, eventually doing renderings of homes and structures in the Milwaukee area and in places as far away as India! Ann has added watercolor, colored pencil, and pastels to her repertoire, has taught as an adjunct instructor at Mount Mary University from 2006-2013, and currently conducts workshops in Door County, Cedarburg, and Racine, Wisconsin.

To see more of Ann's work, visit her website.

August 12-13, 2022 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm
$225 per person for two days, includes a box lunch each day


Registration is open! First-priority registration in January is available only for members of the Galena Center for the Arts. Registration is open to all others beginning February 1, 2022. Class size is limited to a maximum of nine students and a minimum of six. If you need to cancel before July 12, 2022, you will receive a $200 refund (your tuition minus a $25 administration fee). After July 12, 2022, the refund amount will be $112.50 (50% of the tuition fee). If we need to cancel the class due to the uncertain nature of the COVID pandemic and public health restrictions, we will work for the most favorable outcome possible for all parties.

The class will originate at the Galena Center for the Arts located at 971 Gear Street in Galena, Illinois, and then move to downtown or residential areas to work outdoors. You will need your own transportation. In case of inclement weather, the workshop will be held in a classroom at the Center building. Please bring photos to work from in the event that we will not be able to hold the workshop outside.

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