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Spring Plein Air Workshop with Ron Stocke

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**Note: As of 02/14/2024 – the workshop is full. Please email Lynn McConnell at if you want to be added to the waiting list.**


Idaho Watercolor Society is pleased to announce:

The Urban Workshop

Presented by Ron Stocke

April 5 & 6th at the Riverside Hotel

2900 Chinden Blvd., Boise, Idaho

This 2-day workshop will focus on the Urban landscape and how to draw and paint the manmade and natural shapes so that they feel connected in our painting as well as adding our own individual artistic fingerprints.  Using a mix of painting outdoors and in the studio, Ron will be demonstrating both days but Day Two is designed to show you how to take your painting from outside into the studio and use what you learned to loosen up and edit your work.

Ron will cover his simple technique on how to find and draw perspective correctly. He will show students why simplifying your shapes makes for a much stronger artistic mark and that why achieving strong values in watercolor can make all the difference.

Painting locations – Participants will be working outside Parks, cafes, public spaces, as well as indoors to work on and finish your painting(s).

What will be taught:

  • Perspective – Ron will show you his easy techniques to find and draw the correct perspective so that your architecture looks and feels correct.
  • Establishing your horizon line and vanishing points are the keys to making all of your objects look connected.
  • Learn a simple yet effective way to paint windows, doors, awnings, cars and architectural details.
  • Figures – Learn to simplify shapes. Your figures, and other details that look more correct and make them much more fun and interesting to paint.
  • Light and shadows – Learn how shadows fall and connect different objects within your paintings.
  • Creating mood and energy around a city environment.
  • Learn to overcome the anxiety you feel painting around other artists and the public. Remember your worst painting looks amazing to 90% of the public, so GO FOR IT!

Ron will demonstrate throughout both days.  These demonstrations will be broken up into two categories. 1) A full painting demo from start to finish and 2) what Ron likes to call his elements demo’s. These demos will be broken into the smaller elements of our paintings (Figures, Cars, foliage, architecture, etc.).





FROM 5:00PM – 8:30PM

In honor of the First Friday of 2024, the Riverside Hotel is offering exhibit space to those artists attending Ron’s workshop on April 5th & 6th , who are interested in participating.  The Riverside will be providing table space and easels for approximately 12 artists who would like to show & sell some of their works of art.  Prints and cards are also encouraged.  Entry is determined on a First Come, First Served basis.

All sales are to be handled by each individual artist and the hotel is not asking for commission from your sales.  And there is no cost to the artists to participate in this Pop-Up event.

This will be set up in the Main Lobby across from the Sapphire Room.  The hotel will be providing appetizers and beverages.

If you are interested in participating in this event, please email Lynn McConnell at  Priority will be given to those artists who are participating in Ron Stocke’s workshop.  If there is space available, entries will be opened up to non-workshop artists.

This is a great opportunity to get your art seen by many First Friday attendees.


Born 1966 in Chico, California, Ron Stocke moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1979. Interested in drawing and painting at an early age, his career as an artist was shaped by life events that really encouraged him to explore ways to cope with everything in a positive, productive way. His first experience with painting came during school as a child when he was exposed to watercolors. Even at that young age, he found a love for that medium that would grow into a career that has lasted throughout his life.

​“The watercolor medium is honest, challenging and always new. It is the oldest pursuit that I know and has enriched my life at every level. While sometimes frustrating even for the most experienced watercolor painter, it is invigorating and always a learning experience.”

An award-winning watercolor artist, Ron is a regular contributor to, and has been a cover artist for Watercolor Artist Magazine as well as other publications. Teaching comprehensive workshops throughout North America and Europe, he also conducts demonstrations and lectures on various art materials and creating a safe, environmentally friendly studio. Ron holds Signature Membership with the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Northwest Watercolor Society, and a member of the American Impressionist Society. He has been an Artist Ambassador for M.Graham Watercolors for over 15 years.


  • Workshop Dates are Friday, April 5th and Saturday, April 6th – 9:00 am – 4:00pm
  • Cost of the workshop is $220 which includes the cost of the workshop, lunches each day, and participation (if interested) in the Pop-up Art Show.
  • Pop-up Art Show runs from 5:00pm – 8:30pm. You are responsible for set up/take down of your art and for collecting payments for any sales.  Your space will be somewhat limited depending on how many people sign up to participate.  More information will be made available at a later date.
  • In addition to lunches, coffee, tea, and water will be provided each day.
  • Entrants to this workshop will be accepted on a first come/first served basis by email and will be limited to 26 attendees. When we have received 26 entries, we will email all those who have been accepted into the workshop and send them an entry form which must be completed and mailed in by March 8th to:  Idaho Watercolor Society, c/o Lynn McConnell, 52 So. Grays Lane, Nampa, ID 83687 along with your check for $220.Emails will also be sent to those on the waiting list. You are not fully confirmed into the workshop until you have responded and paid your workshop fee.   You will have until March 8th to confirm your attendance and pay your entrance fee.
  • After March 8th, if you need to cancel, we will refund your entry fee if there is someone on the waiting list to take your place. If not, there are no refunds, but you may negotiate with someone to take your place.  If we have not received your money and form by March 8th, your spot will be given away.
  • Coming from out of town? We have a block of 5 rooms available for those of you from out of town.  Cost is $198/night.  To reserve your room, call the Riverside Hotel – 208-343-1871.  The block is listed under Idaho Watercolor Society.