Experimental Watercolor Workshop with Nadine Charlsen (626NC)

June 26-28, 2017

9 am – 4 pm

Tuition: $300 + $40 Materials fee

All Levels

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This workshop approaches watercolor from a contemporary viewpoint!! You will begin to see watercolor in an emotionally bold way. Learn amazing non-traditional powerful techniques in watercolor. You can experiment with; scrubbing, dripping, splashing and glazing and more in a loose textural manner. Learn about different papers, non-traditional tools, brushes and painting on an easel.  Charlsen will demonstrate scratching, sanding, layering, glazing or spattering, puddling, and smudging the work to get dramatic effects. Choose a subject with dramatic value and bring the painting to life. Start new work, bring your own work to salvage/enhance, bring your own reference or use what is provided.  Experiment with light and dark before color and liberty_beyond_bridges_54x45_168nyccreating a strong mood before subject. Overcome your fears as you delve into and practice the important element of design – light and dark, or value. Start with darks and work into the light while you learn Notan and Grisaille. Create a value scale and a monochromatic scale too! The goal is for each student to explore and develop their own techniques that will be useful in future work.  This is a workshop for all levels, artists with no or a lot of experience who want to explore new and free techniques.  Each day will include some demonstration time, individual time and group evaluation time.





 Nadine Charlsen


Nadine Charlsen is an urban landscape watercolor artist and instructor based in Asheville, North Carolina. Charlsen’s background as a theatrical lighting designer in New York City for 31 years has allowed her to incorporate her knowledge of light, shadow, scale, colors and textures to culminate an artistic drama. Her work is inspired by architecture, cityscapes and serene countryside settings captured through the lens of her camera. .  Charlsen has taught workshops in Dubai, USITT convention in Salt Lake City and UNCSA.  She teaches at 310 Art, Asheville, North Carolina. Her watercolors are shown both at 310 ART and Trackside Studios in the River Arts District.

Charlsen is featured in the February 2017 Watercolor Artist Magazine – Making A Scene.  She was also included in the top ten percent of world watercolor artist’s in Concours mondial de l’aquarelle – Le Catalogue, 2014. Her work has appeared in numerous  other publications including American Art Collector, NYC Arts and Culture Magazine, The Laurel of Asheville, April, June, and October 2015, Splash 16: Exploring Textures and Splash 17: Inspiring Images. Her painting of the River Arts District was recently chosen for the Fall 2015 Artist Strolls poster. She recently did an extensive art interview for the International Women Artists Salon on City World Radio in NYC.  Rapid River Magazine featured her in the July 2016 issue.

Charlsen received her BS in Education from Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, Kansas, her MA from Wichita State University Wichita, Kansas and her MFA from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY. She is a life member of the Art Students League in New York, New York.



nadine_charlsen_photo_1Art has always been a part of my life. My watercolors are improvised on the urban landscape – gritty, stark, rough – engaging a deeper emotion – using shadow, texture, color, and glazes moving art to a more complex tonality.  My art evokes an emotion that helps you take the journey with me into that world My studio is the ever-changing world around me. I am an avid bicyclist, and walker. I do long distance bike trips and paint and photograph as I go. I love visiting noisy cities and bustling streets.  Every day is a different wonder, a new world to live in the moment. My work is created from the occasion that makes it unique and with its own particular style. The style is a product of the time and place. The versatility is my signature.

My career in theatrical design allowed me to work in many art mediums and explore scenic painting of large backdrops, sculpture and 3-D mixed media. My motivation for continuing to paint is for both you and I to escape for a moment to another place and find joy in reliving the moment together. I cherish my continuing fascination of the world and treasure my history.