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Faces and Figures with Alicia Farris

  • 19 Jun 2023
  • 9:30 AM
  • 22 Jun 2023
  • 4:00 PM
  • The Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, MD
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  • Non-Member price
  • Used only by the workshop chair. BWS policy document states the chair attends at no cost to compensate for the work in setting up and running the event.

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"Faces and Figures"


Alicia Farris

June 19th - 22nd, 2023


Members: March 25th 2023................10:00 a.m. $450

Non-Members: April 8th 2023.............10:00 a.m. $500

Not a member? 

Consider becoming an Associate Member for $30/year

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Registration Deadline:June 12th   2023, unless the program is full prior to this date.

The Baltimore Watercolor Society is excited to feature a workshop with the internationally respected watercolor artist Alicia Farris.

The workshop will begin Monday June 19 and continue through Thursday June 22nd, 2023 at the Hawthorn Center in Columbia, MD. 




ALICIA FARRIS, Painter of Life, Workshop Instructor

Alicia Farris adores sharing her passion for watercolor as she sees a sort of magic in the medium. She helps inspire her students to use color and light to paint a story from their hearts, not merely what their eyes see.    

Alicia is an award-winning artist and instructor whose work has been included and recognized in numerous National and International exhibits.

She recently received Honorable Mention in the American Artists Professional League 91st Annual Grand National Exhibit at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.    

Her work was also chosen one of 170 works of 1600 entries worldwide for inclusion in the 2021 Women in Watercolor International Competition, was included in the International Exhibition of Watercolor West, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Mark Arts National Exhibition and Southern Watercolor Society exhibits in 2022.

Alicia has been published in Missouri Life, Signature, and Watercolor Artist Magazines. Alicia won first place in the reader’s competition and was featured with an interview in The Art of Watercolour International magazine published in France and distributed to 36 countries.    

She is signature member of multiple watercolor societies, including National Watercolor Society, Watercolor Honor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Southern, Southwestern, Missouri, and St. Louis Watercolor Societies. 

Alicia was extremely honored to have been commissioned by Touché Design Co. to create 9 large acrylic works for the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C.

See more of Alicia’s work, and follow her artistic journey by visiting her website:


FACES and FIGURES with Alicia Farris

Alicia Farris will share her studies of the human face and figure in this four-day watercolor workshop.  Using Alicia’s characteristic loose and colorful style, you will learn techniques to portray not just a likeness, more importantly, the personality and emotion of the human face or a subject.  Students will benefit from demonstrations as well as discussion, individual and group critiques.

This class is intended for the painter who has at least a basic command of the watercolor medium; portrait painting is not a prerequisite. 

Sample photos for the first day will be supplied to all students who register along with the supply list.  Students will have the opportunity to work from supplied photos or from their own photo if they wish during the workshop. 


All levels (basic knowledge & some previous experiences strongly recommended to benefit from this workshop)

All levels are welcome but students should have an understanding of the watercolor medium. 



Paper - 2-3 pieces of 300lb or 140lb Arches or Fabriano– 22” x 30” hot press paper (I’ll demo on 11” x 15” quarter sheets or half sheets)

Pad of “cheap” practice paper for testing color mixes You may substitute stretched cold press 140lb paper for hot press, but I will be working on hot press paper, as it works much better with this technique.

Paint No worries if you don’t have these exact colors. I will be using some or all of the following colors, most of which are transparent: Alizarin Crimson

Scarlett Lake (W and N)

Quinacridone Rose Deep (American Journey)

Yellow Ochre Raw Sienna (Winsor Newton)

Burnt Sienna (Winsor Newton)

Indanthrone Blue (QoR, Daniel Smith or American Journey)

Ultramarine Blue Peacock Blue (American Journey or Holbein)

Cobalt Turquoise (Da Vinci or Holbein) or Cobalt Turquoise Light (Winsor Newton)

Hookers Green

Mineral Violet (American Journey or Holbein)

Watercolor brushes

Any brushes that you like that come to a nice point. I use Silver Black Velvet brushes from Silver Ltd. Company. I recommend a #6 or #8 round, and a #12, #14 or #16 round. You’ll start with and use the larger size throughout most of the painting. You might also wish to bring a slightly stiffer, small flat brush for lifting. I like the Silver Monza flat for this.


Table easel 

Preferably adjustable palette with large mixing area. Can be a white plastic plate -not Styrofoam 

Paper box of tissues, Paper towels, or I prefer an old towel

Large cup or plastic container for water, divided food storage containers work great.

Clips and board or ½ inch foam core board for painting surface

Masking tape if you are using 140lb. paper

Pencil and sketchbook

Gum or white eraser (Moo eraser is wonderful)

Photos for subject matter

** **You will receive the photos for demo paintings as you will be freer with color and more relaxed painting someone unfamiliar. I prefer that you start with one of the supplied subjects or one of your own of someone you don’t know.

Day 1 will be elements of faces and a value study. Please come to class with at least one subject drawn and ready to paint. You will also have the opportunity to try the techniques on subject matter from your own photo, or you may choose to paint more of my supplied subjects.

Please plan your drawing with composition in mind and so that the image takes up the majority of the page. (when doing a face, it will be approx.. life size or a bit larger) Make sure that your pencil lines will be visible through several layers of watercolor. If choosing your own photo, look for good shadow and light shapes and please use a color photo, although you may also wish to print it in black and white for reference. You’ll want to print at least a 6” x 8” - 8”x 10” from which to work or work from your image downloaded to a tablet.  

  • The price for the workshop is $450.00 for BWS members (Signature Artists and Associates) and $500.00 for non-BWS members.
  • The class size is limited to 22 people, and the workshop cannot be split with another person.
  • Due to the high demand for workshops, all registrations have to be paid within 5 days of registering. No exceptions please.
  • Please pay online if possible; The payment system allows the use of your Credit Cards. Otherwise, checks should be made out to Baltimore Watercolor Society and mailed to Sabine Yeager at the address below. Please enter the name of the workshop on your check.
  • Confirmation of your registration will be sent upon receipt of your check or online payment. Checks must be received within 5 days of registration to be considered as registered.

We anticipate that Covid-19 will continue to be an issue when this event is held. BWS will be following Howard County guidelines in our event regarding wearing masks. Please be prepared to wear a mask in this public space during this workshop.

FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION VISIT: and go to Public Events. 

Remember that these workshops fill up very quickly. When filled, you can register on the waiting list.


  • BWS maintains a workshop waiting list. When openings occur, BWS fills the openings from the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • BWS adds names to the waiting list according to the date and time.
  • You can join the waiting list if a workshop is filled.
  • You can't join a waiting list before registration opens.


  • BWS makes decisions and incurs fixed costs based on the number of initial registrants. Cancellations can affect these costs even if there is a waiting list. In addition, cancellations incur processing fees and other costs paid by BWS as well as requiring extra time and organizational effort. Refunds for extenuating circumstances are at the discretion of the event coordinator.

  •  From registration date to 60 days prior to the event = 90% refund

  •  59 days to 21days prior = 75% refund 

  •  20 days to 8 days prior = 50% refund 

  •  7 days = no refund

  • 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 
  • Sabine Yeager 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


Hawthorn Center doors open at 9:30 AM on the first day June 19th. 
Workshop instruction begins: 10:00 AM on the first day and ends at 4:00 PM

June 20th, 21st and, 22nd doors will open at 9:00 AM and instruction will be from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM  

One-hour break for lunch
Hawthorne C
enter closes and doors are locked promptly at 4:30 PM

Payments are preferred online, but if you send a check, please have it made out to BWS and reference Alicia Farris Workshop. Mail to: 

Sabine Yeager, BWS Workshops Chair
3115 Maplewood Drive
Ridgely, MD 21660

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