Upcoming Events

 Floral and Nature Painting

Floral and Nature Painting

Sunday 01 October
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center - 10am - 2 Hours
Maigain Upchurch
The focus of this two-hour structured session is the studies of floral and nature painting. You will be guided to select your choice of reference in the garden, take photograph references and complete one or two studies of the selected plants and flowers. You will learn how to compose floral and nature paintings using traditional and contemporary composition methods. If you are a nature enthusiast, this session is perfect for you. You will have a chance to meet and greet like-minded people, choose your own subjects in the garden and be guided to complete the studies and have some take away homework with the learnt technique. All level and experience are welcome. Please bring watercolor painting travel kit (this can be watercolor tube paints or watercolor pan along with ink pens, pencil, rubber and watercolor pads or drawing pads. You are also welcome to bring your choice of medium. Also a smart phone to take reference photos will be handy. Don't worry if you forget anything. I will have some back up materials.
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Watercolor Halloween Illustration Class

Watercolor Halloween Illustration Class

Saturday 28 October
Centennial Park - 10am - 2 Hours
Maigain Upchurch
Join us for a festive Halloween Illustration Class! Learn how to make your very own ghoulish Halloween painting for your home in a few easy steps. This will include a few watercolor basics such as color theory and paint mixing to assist beginners. Don't miss out on this spooktacular event!
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Abstract Watercolor

Abstract Watercolor

Sunday 05 November
Nashville Farmer's Market - 9am - 2 Hours
Maigain Upchurch
In this workshop, you will learn to create an abstract piece using a negative technique where you paint around the subject rather than on the subject. This will ultimately add depth and dimension to your paintings. Negative painting challenges us to shift our perspective and concentrate on the surrounding negative space rather than the subject itself.
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Other Nearby Groups

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 14 October
Radnor Lake State Park - 9am - 3 Hours
Nashville Photography Society
Meghna Bhakta
Ready to learn more about your camera and get out of automatic exposure? Now is your chance! Join us as we break down your camera to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure. We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of a professional photographer.
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Come along to our meetups to improve your art in a relaxed and social atmosphere and under the guidance of a professional instructor. Complete beginners to experienced artists all welcome.

Our 2 hour meetups are held in a different location each time, usually outdoors.

Bring your own materials which can be anything from pencils or pastels, to watercolour or oils.

If you are a complete beginner all you need to start are a couple of good drawing pencils, a rubber, and a drawing pad.

Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from beginners to experienced artists. The instructor is there to help everyone.

The meeting point and full details for the day are sent in the booking confirmation email to the email address you provide at time of booking.

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I loved the painting but did not love the long hike with all our equipment. Maybe a shorter hike or indoor painting?
Maigain Upchurch
Maigain Upchurch was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1994. Art stepped into her life at a young age, along with photographic influence from her grandmother. She was always encouraged to expand her creative passions. This continued through high school as she took AP Art courses, specializing in colored pencil pieces.

Additionally, she pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography. During her time in college she was able to explore various media and styles, building on her knowledge and skills. She finds joy in sharing her experiences with others, hoping to ignite the same passion that she has found through art.
Nashville Watercolor Group
Title or Location: iCandy
iCandy is my take on our ever increasing use of smart phones as a source of distraction. It is also a spoof of the marketing of these devices, and the marketing world as a whole, using design asthetics from candy and toy products and advertisements from my childhood in the 80's, particularly the ones emblazoned on my subconscious that played repeatedly during Saturday morning cartoons.
Credit: Sean Williams
Facebook: Headdy Hardware
Instagram: @headdy_hardware
Manchester Watercolour Group
Title or Location: Silvanus , God of Wild Nature.
Quite the beginner, I'm drawn to the magical aspects of nature. Semi abstract, wet on wet watercolour is my favourite , which allows me to paint wild nature, but put my own magical slant on it! This piece was inspired by a tutorial by Joanne Boon Thomas.
Credit: S.Boulton
Instagram: Cavy_slave
Phoenix Watercolor Group
Title or Location: Maverick
This is a commission I painted in watercolor of a client's horse. I painted the horse from a photo and then lettered the horse's brand and name on the piece.
Credit: Becky Sharrah
Instagram: @artwithbecky

Sacramento Watercolor Group
Title or Location: Miss Wary
I was taking a portrait drawing class back in 2019 with Frank Zamora at SCC. As somewhat of a perfectionist, I found myself struggling to let myself free in my work. I know what captivated me also captivated others...the lips, jaw lines, the nose, ears and the eyes can all look different and "change", based on angle and lighting.So this was the first time I decided to give up on proportions, let go, and just draw what I felt to me was weirdly beautiful. No one face is perfectly proportional,
Credit: Alisha Arita
Facebook: AliCatBeanz
Instagram: @aliaritadesign
Perth Watercolour Group
Title or Location: Pure Joy
These two little mice bring me pure joy everytime I look at them. It takes me back to my childhood of enchanted movies of woodland animals, imagination and play. I had to paint them, the whole process was pure joy, hence the title. Referance photo is by Belinda Fewings and can be found on Unsplash.
Credit: Tania Payne
Instagram: tania_payne_art
Melbourne Watercolour Group
Title or Location: Rest in Him
Come to me, all who labor and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Credit: Jaslyn Ku

Houston Watercolor Group
Title or Location: Fellow Painter in Mandell Park
A fellow art teacher and artist who calls me up once a year to go Plein Air painting. We go to a little neighborhood park near my studio. In the Museum District of Houston Tx.
Credit: Arthur Deatly
Facebook: ArthurDeatly
Instagram: DeatlyArthur
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