Workshop 1: Realistic Watercolor for Beginners
“I have never seen watercolors with the technical mastery Kelly Eddington commands. There is also so much heart and such an embrace of color,” said film critic Roger Ebert, one of Kelly’s earliest fans. She demonstrates techniques and narrates her painting process on her YouTube channel, Kelly Eddington Watercolors. The channel has over 210,000 subscribers and nearly 13 million views. Strathmore recently released two instructional watercolor pads with lessons and videos created by Kelly as part of their Learning Series. A former art teacher now painting full-time, her award-winning work is in private and public collections throughout the world. She lives in a house made of styrofoam and steel in rural Missouri with her husband Jeff and their two cats.
Workshop 2: Colored Pencil with Mixed Media
Sarah Becktel graduated from the Tyler School of Art in 2005 with a BFA in painting and continued her studies of figurative drawing and painting at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia and the Art Students League in New York. Her work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and has won awards and recognitions.
Sarah‘s primary mediums are oil on panel and colored pencil/mixed media on paper. She works in a realistic style and categorizes her subject matter as “contemporary nature.” Her art depicts the relationships between humans, animals, and nature within the context of modern society.
When Sarah is not working in her studio, she is helping artists and students understand art materials through her work as an Artist Educator for Strathmore Artist Paper and Gamblin Artist’s Colors. Sarah served as Product Research Director for the Colored Pencil Society of America from 2009 to 2015, and she is a member of ASTM International’s subcommittee for artist materials.
Workshop 3: Finding the Focus in your Painting
Robert Burridge, a noted international award-winning Industrial Designer who, after twenty-five years in the corporate world, has focused his life to painting everyday. He is a celebrated contemporary painter, contributing author to artists’ magazines, college teacher and publisher of his own books, Loosen Up Workbook & Studio Notes and Hot Art Marketing. His instructional DVDs feature his popular “Loosen Up” techniques. Burridge attributes his success to his education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, his stint as an adjunct professor at Cooper Union School for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, and in 1966, his Fluxus art performances with Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Jim McWilliams and Charlotte Moorman.
He is much sought after as juror, speaker and workshop instructor. Also, Burridge is a featured artist-mentor for Master Workshops in France, Italy, Mexico, Bahamas, Guatemala and Cuba.
Burridge was commissioned to create twelve large abstract canvas paintings for the Hollywood movie Dean Quixote, a feature film produced by Victor Simpkins.
Burridge’s Coffee Cup painting series were reproduced by Starbucks Coffee Company on thousands of cups as well as framed art prints. Williams-Sonoma stores carried his popular fruit and vegetable prints. His commercial successes now include eight paintings woven into large tapestries selling at national design centers.
Being a typical Gemini, Burridge’s painting themes can be put into two categories: His Good Life series emphasizes color, humor and good times. The other theme is his continued focus on contemporary Abstract Icons, Mythology and Metaphors.
Currently, his popular work hangs in the permanent collections of international embassies, corporate galleries, art colleges as well as television and entertainment personalities. His previous solo museum exhibitions received positive attention, so he was invited to exhibit his circus paintings at the Smithsonian Folklife Circus Arts Festival in Washington, DC.