VIEW with Kristi Grussendorf, AWS: ``Entrance to Red Cliff Canyon`` in Watercolor

Class Information

We’ll use the reference photo to inspire without feeling like we need to duplicate or copy.  Blocking in the large value shapes and letting the paint mix and flow freely will allow for a dynamic underpainting.  The challenge & the key will be to know what needs to be added and what is best left alone.  Sometimes, if we can trust the process and be open to those “happy accidents,” the painting almost paints itself!

The class is live and interactive on ZOOM

Dates: June 3 & 4 from 9am-noon Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Level: High Beginners to Intermediate

Participants: Max 20

Medium: Watercolor

Price: $178 for 6 hours. If you can’t attend, you can buy the recording only. Book the class and email us to let us know you won’t attend.

Class Format

  • A host from the VIEW Academy will facilitate the meeting, admitting you if you connect late, helping you with technical problems, etc…
  • The V.I.E.W. workshop is live, interactive and hands-on
  • Kristi will demonstrate step by step,  breaking up the process in manageable steps, giving you time to paint during the live session
  • You will be able to ask questions directly to Kristi
  • You will be able to show your work to Kristi to get personal feedback and critique
  • You will enjoy interactivity with fellow participants
  • You can keep the recordings of the class forever.

What you will learn in this Class

  • plan a value design
  • focus on the large shapes first (details last)
  • use a bead, let the paint mix on the paper and charge in color
  • define SOME of the edges
  • learn to lead the eye through the composition
  • enhance the focal point
  • use glazes to unify and push back in space
  • paint negatively

Biography-Kristi Grussendorf, AWS

Although she got her start in oils, Kristi is currently focused on watercolor.  The transparency of watercolor produces a freshness & purity of color unequaled in other mediums & she strives to preserve the white of the paper in order to paint in a truly purist way.    

On that note, Kristi’s “London Mass Transit” was awarded the prestigious “Director’s Award” at the 2014 Transparent Watercolor Society of America Annual Exhibition. “Watercolor truly keeps me humble.  I have to keep reminding myself that I have a relationship WITH watercolor & refrain from trying to control it.  Often, my most successful results occur when I’m able to stay out of the way.”

Kristi is an active signature member of the Utah Watercolor Society having served in several leadership roles.  Kristi also holds signature status in the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, the National Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and the American Watercolor Society.   

As a lifelong learner, her passionate relationship with watercolor is always changing & growing.  “If I’m lucky, this challenging & rich medium will continue to surprise, delight (& frustrate) me for a very long time!”

Kristi Grussendorf Website:

Samples of Kristi Grussendorf's Art

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Testimonials from our VIEWers

“The session recordings are one of the reasons these live on-line workshops are better than in-person workshops. The other reason is that we can sit comfortably and look over the shoulder of the artist during the demo. I’m so glad that you are presenting these workshops!”

Margaret W.

“Love, love love your online classes! I’ve done two so far and have really enjoyed both.  I feel my work has improved a lot thanks to your online workshops. You do the BEST job of these workshops. I love the pace, and the instructors are all so willing to stop and help students!” 

Arlette T.

“Jackie, the courses and quality of instructors you have cultivated through French Escapade V.I.E.W. is world-class. Jackie, you do such a great job hosting the program — you are on top of your game with production quality, responsiveness with quick replay links, and also announcing upcoming events to students. A side benefit is your fun, wickedly sharp and entertaining sense of humor. Keep up the great work. I’m not surprised that V.I.E.W. is expanding and doing so well.”

Sandy G.

The Price of US $ 178 for 6 hours includes:

  • Documents to help prepare for the class
  • Personal feedback during the class
  • The recording of all sessions for you to keep forever
  • The access to our VIEW Facebook page so you can share and communciate with the VIEW Academy community of artists and teachers.
  • If you can’t attend, you can buy the recording only (same price).
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