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Watercolor for Guys - Sept. 25, 2015

Why a Watercolor Workshop for Guys?

This series of workshops began in response to requests from guys who had an interest in painting who found themselves being either the only guy in a workshop full of women or simply never found a comfortable setting to learn to paint in. They reported to me, and my experience as an instructor/ trainer/ facilitator confirms this, that men and women solve problems, make decisions and think differently. There is no good/bad, right/wrong, better/worse style, only different ways to achieve it! Guys asked me to design workshops geared to their interests and learning styles, with the focus on experimentation and no ”frills” basics.

Why Annie?

I spent 25 years as an adjunct professor at the National Fire Academy (NFA) in Maryland, teaching Fire Service Management to Senior Fire Dept. officers on campus, as well as other classes numerous classes. I assessed the profile of each class to determine the composite picture of styles of how people learn best. Since teamwork is so critical in Emergency Services, it is important for teams to understand and appreciate the strengths of each person, and how best to use them.

To summarize the results, a distinct pattern was consistent in hundreds of classes, almost 100 percent men, over the years. Idealism, always the first tendency (not a surprise), was followed by realism and pragmatism, with many fewer synthesists or analytical persons.

When I add this research to my many other past professional endeavors working primarily with guys, the military in Germany, motorcycle gangs, serving as a Fire Chief and other male dominated organizations, I believe that I am qualified to present new opportunities to an undeserved part of our community!

So, how does this relate to watercolor workshops for guys?

In my experience as an art instructor, I have found that the climate and “culture” of gender-different classes is very different. The bottom line is that the guys tend to enter the class as an adventure and with practical and realistic questions such as, “How do you paint that tree?” and “How can I make that barn look like it is further away?”

When the gals enter the class experience, it is much more social and generally less inclined to go for it and see what happens. 

I realize that this could sound very generalized and even stereotypical, but the consistent patterns are based on experience. So, before you assume that I am a anti-women, think again! I am just filling an unmet need.

Guy or Gal, if you would like to seize the opportunity to recharge, renew, create, and develop the under-utilized regions of your brain, this is your opportunity!

Annie Murphy-Springer's watercolor of Bodega, CA

Watercolor for Guys  Sept. 25, 2015

Experimental Surfaces for Watercolor  Sept. 26, 2015

The Wonders of Watercolor  Oct. 17 & 18, 2015

We will be painting “pleine air” at a beautiful ranch just outside the village of Bodega, with gardens,a pond, and stunning meadow and forest views.

For more details and to sign up, please contact:
phone: 707-876-3211