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Sep 14 - 15 2021


9:30 am - 4:30 pm



914MR: Ink and Watercolor Sketching with Mike Rooney

This workshop is currently full.  Click here to add your name to the waitlist and we will notify you if a space opens up. 
Level: All
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Ever wanted to walk around your favorite city, or neighborhood and quickly draw and/or paint the scene in front of you in about an hour with a minimum amount of gear? Or how about when you’re stuck inside, painting those favorite vacation photos from your phone or tablet?

In this class, Mike Rooney, one of NC’s most favorite instructors, will show you how to take a pen, a piece of paper, and a palm sized watercolor set and do just that. Make it a fast travel sketch or a finished painting ready for hanging on the wall. It’s up to you.

Rooney will cover drawing and watercolor tips like: simple tricks for perfect perspective, drawing and painting trees, buildings, cars, people. Watercolor tips and tricks like washes, splatters, and more.


Workshop Teacher

  • Mike Rooney

    Mike Rooney is one of Eastern North Carolina’s top impressionist painters. His work can be seen in galleries throughout eastern North Carolina and Virginia, and can also be found in private collections as far away as Colorado and New York. Mike teaches several workshops a year, and has studied with renowned plein air painters John Silver and Rick McClure. He primarily works in acrylics, which are well-suited to his fast-paced lifestyle, painting mostly near the coast. Mike can recall an early interest in art, beginning with drawing and painting as a child — a passion that has continued all of his life. A native of Alexandria, VA, he studied art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, before joining the armed forces. The Air Force brought him to eastern North Carolina in 1977, and after three years and a tour in Korea, he opened a sign business in Goldsboro, NC. Though he made his living with a brush painting signs, his fine art interests took a backseat to building a business and raising a family. Mike rediscovered his passion for painting after seeing California style impressionism in one of his surfing magazines. He was instantly hooked. His previous style had been tight and realistic, but what he saw in the surf magazines left more to the viewers imagination. Details were left out, and it was loose and exciting to look at. So Mike picked up some oil colors, a canvas and a few books on plein air painting. In one of those books it said: “To become a proficient plein air painter you should try to block-in one hundred paintings in less than 3 months, even if they can’t be finished.” Mike did the hundred “starts” as they are called, and ever since then he just can’t seem to shake the habit, even now creating over 150 finished paintings in a year!

    “I love to paint. I love to capture the essence of a three dimensional scene in two dimensions. It’s my passion.” – Mike Rooney

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