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Joyce Hicks 4-Day Landscape Painting Workshop

  • 07 Jun 2016
  • 10:00 AM
  • 10 Jun 2016
  • 4:30 PM
  • The Hawthorn Center, Columbia, MD
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  • Limited seats for those using service award certificates
  • Base price
  • Non-Member price

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Joyce Hicks
4-Day Workshop - The Landscape in Watercolor
June 7-10, 2016
Restricted Registration will open Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 10 am.

The Baltimore Watercolor Society is pleased and excited to host acclaimed watercolorist, Joyce Hicks, AWS, in a four-day watercolor workshop where she will introduce BWS watercolorists to her painting style and techniques.  The workshop will begin Tuesday, June 7 and continue through Friday, June 10, 2016 at the Hawthorn Center in Columbia, MD.  

Joyce will be the juror for the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Watercolor Exhibition, and will also present an evening program (to be announced later) during her week in Maryland. 


Joyce will introduce her students to her unique style and her process of painting the landscape in watercolor. The workshop emphasis is on techniques and strategies for transforming ordinary scenes into extraordinary ones with watercolor; scenes that reach out and connect with viewers. 

Joyce teaches simple easy to learn methods that appeal to beginners as well as seasoned artists looking for renewed inspiration and insights into new ways of thinking. Students learn from clear explanations about the reasoning behind artistic decisions and visually from step-by-step demonstrations. Students learn to distill and process scenes from inspiration to finished work of art becoming more comfortable with the medium in the process. 

Joyce says, "Once technical aspects of watercolor have been mastered you too will begin to paint from that sacred place that resides within each of us. I bring my passion and love for teaching to inspire and motivate in a fun, fast-paced workshop."

 Following are a few of the topics covered in the workshop:

  • atmospheric perspective in the landscape
  • simplifying and streamlining scenes
  • working toward personal style by developing a visual language
  • steps for building strong compositions
  • painting “relationships” instead of “things”
  • seven important design principles for creating exciting paintings
  • working with photographs, sketch books and color studies
  • planning strategies that will allow you to paint spontaneously and with confidence

The class will include a combination of lectures and painting demonstrations by Joyce, plus student painting time with coaching and critique by the instructor.


A supplies list and instructions for preparing for this workshop will be sent to those registering about one month in advance of the workshop.


Joyce Hicks lives in Texas and is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, a past-president of the Central Texas Watercolor Society and a member of several other art societies.  She is a recognized jurist, workshop instructor and award-winning painter.  The following is Joyce's artist statement from her website:

I’ve always been able to see places and things in an idealistic way, but it wasn’t until I discovered painting that I was able to express and interpret this personal view. My art is not always a true rendition of what is actually there but how I wish it could be. If the old white homestead is a bit neglected, then I will just capture it in sunlight to discover its real beauty. If there is only one withered rose on the old trellis then why not one hundred in full bloom?

Frequent travel allows me to see and define what my heart is drawn to. Not in the grand or extraordinary but in simple unassuming beauty. Painting gives me the opportunity to unite visual images with a montage of personal memories stored over a life time. In an attempt to translate my feelings for a subject I use interesting brush strokes, strong contrasts, sunlight and shadow in colors both soft and bold. These elements combine in a personal way providing a visual invitation to tempt others into my world.

My purpose is to uplift the human spirit and my hope is that my paintings will inspire others to join me as I continue my artistic journey. I enjoy entering competitions, teaching workshops and presenting painting demonstrations.

  • The price for the workshop is $425 for BWS members (Signature Artists and Associates) and $500 for non-BWS members.
  • The class size is limited to 20 people, and the workshop cannot be split with another person.


Because of high demand for workshops and to better serve the entire BWS membership body, the BWS board features three RESTRICTED four-day workshops each year.  Members may register for only one RESTRICTED workshop each calendar year.   

This workshop with Joyce Hicks is a "restricted" workshop, meaning that if you register for this workshop you will not be able to also register for either the Joyce Hicks or Iain Stewart workshops.   

(Note from Rob Talbert: Although the BWS website will not prevent you from registering for multiple workshops, registrations are manually monitored, and you will be cancelled from any second or third workshop you register for. You are welcome to send me an email after registrations open on Jan 9 to request being added to the waiting list.  Priority will be given to members who have not attended another restricted workshop.)

  • BWS maintains a workshop waiting list for BWS members for workshops which are filled or restricted. When openings occur, BWS fills the openings from the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. (Priority is given to members who have not registered for any of the other restricted workshops during the year.)
  • BWS adds names to the waiting list according to the date and time the BWS Workshop Chair receives the email request.
  • You can join the waiting list if a workshop is filled.
  • You can also join the waiting list beginning on January 9 if you registered for one of the other restricted workshops but would like to attend an additional workshop if space is available.  
  • You can't join a waiting list before registration opens.
  • Email to join a workshop waiting list.
  • Paid registrants who cancel before March 15, 2016 will receive a full refund less a $25 cancellation fee if the spot can be filled from the waiting list. If the spot cannot be filled, the amount refundable is 80% of the workshop price.
  • Paid registrants who cancel after March 15, 2016 will receive a full refund less a $50 cancellation fee if the spot can be filled from the waiting list. If the spot cannot be filled, no refund will be given.
  • In the event of inclement weather, the workshop will still be held unless the Hawthorn Center is unable to open or the workshop artist is unable to travel.  If BWS cancels the workshop, then all paid registrants will receive a full pro-rata refund for those days that were cancelled.
  • Check this website for changes, updates and new information.
  • Questions and requests to be added to the waiting list can be directed to Rob Talbert (BWS Workshop Chair) at

The Hawthorn Center is located in the community of Hickory Ridge in Columbia, Maryland:

6175 Sunny Spring
Columbia, MD 21044-5623
Tel: (410) 730-7327


Doors open at Hawthorn Center: 9:30 AM
Workshop instruction begins: 10:00 AM
One-hour break for lunch
Workshop instruction ends: 4:30 PM
Hawthorn Center closes and doors are locked promptly at 5:00 PM

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