Architecture of Light Watercolor Workshop


Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present world renowned artist and author, Thomas W. Schaller for a watercolor workshop, “Architecture of Light”.  This workshop is presented, Live ONLINE, via Zoom.  A Zoom code will be emailed to registered students one week before the workshop begins. 

Following a 20-year career in New York City as an architect and architectural artist, Thomas Schaller is now based in Los Angeles where he devotes himself full-time to fine art in watercolor.

Mr. Schaller feels that a final painting begins long before an artist ever touches brush to paper!

The focus of this workshop will be less about technical expertise and more about intent, inspiration, observation and finding your unique artist voice.  Enjoy daily demonstrations and discussions.  You’ll learn everything you need to know about atmospheric expression in watercolor, including depictions of sky, water, and fog. Then take your art to the next level by exploring the tension, resolution, and connections between complements, including warm and cool, vertical and horizontal, man-made and natural. You’ll discover how to make sure all the parts of your painting work in unison to tell a powerfully communicative story!  Students may bring their own photo reference – something that resonates with them personally.

“As an artist, it is light, that is the constant narrative in my work.  So when I’m deciding on what it is I wish to paint, I concentrate less on specific objects – places or things – and more on the strength of a strong abstract value composition of darks and lights. A common phrase we often hear is: “Mother Nature is the best teacher” While I agree that real world observation is a crucial skill for the artist, no less so are the lessons to be learned from memory, dreams, and pure invention.”  ~ Thomas W. Schaller, AWS, NWS, TWSA

Mr. Schaller has authored art books, instructional video’s, DVD’s and has been featured in several publications.  He is one of the few watercolor artists to be featured in The American Masters Exhibition 2015 at the famed Salmagundi Club in NYC. He received a Graham Foundation Grant and was a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferris Memorial Prize. In 2017 he was a finalist for the Lynx Prize for Contemporary Art; Trieste.  In 2019 he was awarded the Abu Rawash Master Award.

Mr. Schaller is a signature member of many organizations including: American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Northwest Watercolor Society, San Diego Watercolor Society, California Watercolor Association, California Art Club, American Society of Architectural Perspectivists and New York Society of Renderers.

He is president emeritus of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators and founding member of the group, North American Watercolor Artists. His work has been included in major exhibitions and collections worldwide.

This workshop is appropriate for all skill levels.  Students are also welcome to use other mediums for this workshop. Discover why it’s better to be less concerned with technical expertise and more about inspiration and observation.  Registered students will be able to gain access to the workshop video for 30 days following event.

WHAT: “Architecture of Light” workshop
WHEN: APRIL 16, 17 & 18, 2021 9am – 4pm
COST: $310. Non-Members, $250. MBAA Members
WHERE: Live Online, via ZOOM

CONTACT: Patricia Newton, or (805) 423-1100
For the MBAA Member Discount, please register as a member before registering  Pre-registration is required.  
Register Online:
Refunds for cancellations up to 7 days before workshop

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