Andy Evansen: Painting Bolder Watercolors | August 4-8, 2019

Andy Evansen: Painting Bolder Watercolors | August 4-8, 2019

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Create beautiful impressionistic watercolor paintings using Andy Evansen’s popular techniques. Class level is Intermediate/Advanced. Beginners welcome and are encouraged to contact Andy.

Check In: Sunday, August 4th, 2019 | Check Out: Thursday, August 8th, 2019
Tuition + Meals: $975 per person
With Shared Lodging Package: $1,475 per person
With Private Lodging Package: $1,895 per person

Private lodging via our lodging partner for this retreat is now full. Registrants may call the Wild Rice Retreat office (715) 779-0178 for assistance coordinating other private lodging in the area.

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Full payment of any remaining fees is due 60 days prior to the retreat start date. New registrations made less than 60 days prior to the retreat start date will require full payment of all retreat related registration fees.

Do you have a companion who would like to join you for the Bayfield experience without attending the educational components?. Companion Rates are available for one companion over the age of 18 and one per registered retreat participant. Companion rates entitle the companion to lodging, all retreat package meals, and use of Wild Rice Retreat facilities.


"There seems to be a never-ending quest to loosen up in watercolor.  I hear it from my students all the time. It’s easy to fall into the trap of putting too much into your paintings, and editing out the non-essential whether working from photo reference or painting on location is so important.

Painting loosely doesn't just 'happen', it comes from gaining a comfort level with your skills and materials over time.  However, there are techniques that can speed up this process. My workshop will focus on using value studies from the outset to identify the large shapes in a scene.  These large shapes provide the artist with opportunities for lost edges when painting in watercolor, which is essential if we are to take full advantage of the medium.  Too often the 'found edges', or details, take over the painter's thinking process, and the result is a tight watercolor.  

We will move on toward color paintings with a lot of individual help, and complete a color painting lesson together. Demonstration paintings will be done by Andy every day to reinforce the day’s lessons.  In order to loosen up it is imperative to have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish with your painting and then execute it quickly.  This class will give you the tools and confidence to do just that."



  • Paper; please bring a 9x12 pad of watercolor paper (Kiliminjaro from Cheap Joe’s works well)   for value studies as well as good quality paper, half and quarter sheet size, for paintings. I use Arches and Kiliminjaro cold press and Saunders 140 lb. rough.

  • Paint; Tubes of paint, not the dried up cakes in pans. My palette consists of Neutral Tint, Paynes Gray, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Lemon.   (*These are suggested colors, you’re welcome to use what you have )

  • Palette;  must have good size mixing area.  The John Pike palette is wonderful.

  • Brushes;  Use what you’re comfortable with, but I typically use a squirrel hair mop brush for big early washes (Silver makes a good variety of Black Velvet round watercolor brushes available from many art supply venues), a size 14 o r16 sable for the intermediate washes (Cheap Joe’s Pseudo Sable is a good option), and a smaller size 10 synthetic for detail work.

  • No. 2 pencil and kneaded eraser

  • Water container

  • Household sponge and a natural sponge

  • Masking tape

  • Reference photos


Please note that this schedule is subject to change and will be finalized in the weeks leading up to the retreat.

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4:00 - 6:00 pm                     Arrival and Check-in at Wild Rice Retreat

6:00 - 7:30 pm                     Welcome Dinner at Wild Rice Retreat

8:00 - 9:00 pm                    Instructor’s Meet & Greet with Students (optional/up to instructor’s discretion)



8:00 am - 8:45 am               Breakfast Buffet 

9:00 am – 11:45 am            Class Time

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm         Lunch Buffet at Wild Rice Retreat

1:00 pm - 4:00pm               Class Time (a snack will be set out mid-afternoon, coffee/water/tea available all day)

5:00 pm- 7:30 pm               Dinner on your own in Bayfield or area (a list of restaurants will be provided at check-in)

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm              Optional fire outside at Wild Rice Retreat, weather permitting 



8:00 am - 8:45 am               Breakfast Buffet 

9:00 am – 11:45 am             Class Time

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm          Lunch Buffet 

1:00 pm - 4:00pm               Class Time (a snack will be set out mid-afternoon, coffee/water/tea available all day)

4:30 pm                               Free time and dinner on your own in Bayfield, optional Music in the Park 



8:00 am - 8:45 am               Breakfast Buffet 

9:00 am – 11:45 am             Class Time

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm           Lunch Buffet at Wild Rice Retreat

1:00 pm - 4:00pm                Class Time (a snack will be set out mid-afternoon, coffee/water/tea available all day)

6:00 - 7:30 pm                     Dinner at Wild Rice Retreat 

7:30 - 9:00 pm                     Free Evening / Optional Fire at Wild Rice Retreat, weather permitting



Check out of lodging (luggage may be stored at Wild Rice Retreat)   

8:00 am - 8:45 am               Breakfast Buffet 

9:00 am – 11:45 am             Class Time

12:00 pm                              Lunch Buffet 

1:00 – 2:00 pm                     Clean-up and Departure


Andy Evansen’s interest in art started in childhood, as he can’t recall a time when he wasn’t drawing.  He began painting watercolors in the mid 1990s as a change of pace from his career as a medical illustrator. Choosing a ‘style’ was not difficult, as Andy was always inspired by the watercolor paintings of British artists Trevor Chamberlain, David Curtis, Ed Seago and John Yardley, among others.  He found himself attempting to capture the landscape with the same economy of brushstroke, taking advantage of the luminosity of watercolors done in just a few washes.  In addition, he was impressed with the way those artists seemed to capture everyday scenes in such a way that revealed a hidden beauty, subjects that many would simply pass by.  His work gained recognition after winning an international watercolor competition through American Artist magazine, appearing on their cover in 2005.  

He’s been featured in numerous other publications since, and has become a sought after workshop instructor who paints and teaches internationally.  He became a signature member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) in 2012 and served as their President from 2015-2017.  

His paintings have won numerous awards, including the Bronze and High Winds Medals from the American Watercolor Society, and he was their demonstration artist for the 2018 Exhibition. His love of painting on location also led to him being a featured presenter at the 2014 and 2016 Plein Air Conventions and inclusion in the 2017 Qingdao International Masters Watercolor Plein Air Event. 

NOTES: Class level is intermediate to advanced, but if anyone is hesitant because they consider themselves a 'beginner' please contact Andy, as he does cover some fairly basic concepts in the class as well.

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All lodging costs listed are per person/per night costs. Due to the format of retreats, meal plans are required of all participants to maximize time with other students and instructors, while still providing time to explore Bayfield and the surrounding community. Please reference the cancellation policy as needed.