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"Water and Reflections Made Easy!" with Annie Strack

  • 25 Mar 2017
  • 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21043
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"Water and Reflections Made Easy"
One Day Workshop
 Annie Strack

Saturday, March 25th 2017

from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM

BWS Member Registration Opens February 11th, 2017

Member Fee: $60

Non-Member Registration Opens Mar 4th, 2017

Not a Member? Consider signing up as an Associate 

Non-Member Fee: $65

Howard County Center for the Arts 
8510 High Ridge Rd.
 Ellicott City, MD 21043

We are pleased to have nationally recognized Artist 

Annie Strack give a one-day workshop

Annie guides students through the painting process with helpful step-by-step demonstrations and individual attention. All artists, whether they are new to watercolors or experienced painters, will learn new skills from watching Annie as she explains her techniques for creating spectacular paintings. Multiple watercolor techniques are covered in the workshop, including glazing, washes, dry brush, masking, lifting, & more. Students will gain an understanding of the properties of different paints, learn how to successfully mix colors, and how to use values and color temperatures to enhance their compositions.  Students will watch and learn as each technique is explained and demonstrated with a clarity that makes the lessons easy to absorb and replicate. Students will benefit from personal and group critiques, and receive individual attention from the instructor.


Short Bio:

Annie Strack earned Signature Membership in 8 artist societies including the International Society of Marine Painters and she is an Official Authorized Artist for the U.S. Coast Guard. As a commercial artist, her designs have been used by hotels, restaurants, retailers, and other businesses for decades. An experienced drafter, she has created architectural renderings for dozens of architects and contractors and her renderings have been published in numerous publications. Her paintings are exhibited throughout the world, and have been featured in over 20 solo shows. She’s the author of The Artists Guide to Business & Marketing, and since 2005 she’s been a contributing editor for Professional Artist Magazine. She is the producer and host of the incredibly popular Painting Seascapes in Watercolor, which is broadcast on television stations worldwide and also available on DVD. She teaches painting at Artists Network University, and she travels around the world to teach workshops, jury art exhibits, & paint en plein air. She is an expert in the uses and properties of artist materials and she is in highly in demand to present programs and demonstrations. Her artwork has received hundreds of awards and hangs in over 1,000 collections worldwide including USCG, U.S. Navy, U.S. Pentagon, U.S. Senate, Veterans Administration, and many more. She volunteers on the Boards of various national artist societies and organizes juried shows, plein air events, workshops, programs, & fundraising. 


Watercolor paper, at least 140# or heavier. Approximately half-sheet size.

Several smaller scraps or a small pad of watercolor paper, for practicing brush strokes

Removable masking fluid

HB pencil

White plastic/vinyl eraser

water containers

Paper towels

1" flat watercolor brush

An assortment of round watercolor brushes, at least one a #12 or larger

Paints: Indigo, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Payne's Grey, Sepia, Olive Green, Green/Gold, Violet, Yellow Ochre or Quin Gold, Burnt Sienna, a warm and a cool red, and any other colors you like to use. Your colors do not have to be exactly the same as mine, but bring an assortment so that you can mix or substitute colors. 

Reference Photo Attachment: 

to be sent in a reminder e-mail

Artists should draw this scene onto their watercolor paper before class so we can jump right into painting. We will be focusing on the boats, water, foliage, reflections, and shadows. 

 Please pack a lunch and beverage. Light refreshments will be available.


Howard County Center for the Arts
8510 High Ridge Rd. 
Ellicott City, MD 21043


From the Baltimore Beltway (I 695) take the exit onto I-70W and follow for 4.4 miles. Take exit 87B to merge onto US-29N towards MD99. Turn right at Rogers Ave. At the traffic light, take the exit to stay straight on Rogers Ave. Turn left at High Ridge Rd. and the Howard Co. Center for the Arts is on the left.

Registration Deadline:  March 18th unless the program is full prior to this date. 

Cancellation: 75% refund if notified no later than March 18th 2017.

Refunds for later cancellations are subject to availability of a substitute participant.

Please direct questions to our Program Chair
Sabine Yeager at

or by phone at 410-774-4212

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