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Audio-Visual Technology for IWS Workshops

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If you have attended an IWS workshop any time during the past few years, you know we use a video camera, linked to either a projector or a TV set, to make the instructor’s actions more visible to the class. We have used a small SONY camcorder and are now using a GoPro 11 video camera to observe the lessons.

Right now, I am the only person acquainted with the camera and able to set it up for workshop use. I would like to meet with several other IWS members who would be interested in learning how to operate the camera and to set it up in the workshop area. By sharing this information, we can make sure that there is always someone available to help with any given activity.

If you take frequent workshops, this would be a perfect way to become more involved in assisting with IWS activities. Please let me know if you are interested in learning more about the GoPro and how we utilize it to enhance the workshops. I would like to set up one or two meetings between now and the end of May to pass on what I have learned and explore how we can better use this flexible technology.

Please send me an email to expressing your interest and I will contact you with further details.

Thank you.

Dennis Hayzlett

Hugh Mossman Workshop

By Region - Southcentral, Workshops
The IWS South Central region in partnership with Magic Valley Arts Council is hosting a one-day workshop with Hugh Mossman on Saturday, May 18.
Hugh Mossman Workshop Details:
The workshop is a full day on Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break.
The cost is $45 for IWS or Magic Valley Arts Council (MVAC) members, and $55 for non-members.
The workshop is open to the public, and has a limited number of seats, so it is recommended that painters sign up early to secure a seat.
Full information about the workshop is listed on the MVAC website.
Sign up is easy on the MVAC website, by clicking on the link below, or by calling MVAC to register by phone. (208-734-2787)

Sun Valley Plein Air Group Workshops

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The following workshops are available in and around Sun Valley. For more information, or to sign up, please contact the instructor listed.


Workshop Venue:  Sun Valley Plein Air Group
Location: In Person – locations in and around Ketchum/Sun Valley
Title:  Vibrant Watercolor Sketches in the Landscape
Instructor:  Sarah B. Hansen
See info on her website, and email Sarah to sign up:
Cost:  $400 paid directly to Sarah
Number of Participants: 12
Dates: Three days in August 5, 6, 7  -2024

The class will start at 10 am and each day will end at 3PM.  Everyone will bring lunch and lots of water.

 Food and Housing not included in cost.
Workshop Venue:  Sun Valley Plein Air Group
Location: In Person – locations in and around Ketchum/Sun Valley area
Title:  Fall Color – Sun Valley with Hugh Mossman
Instructor: Hugh Mossman
Contact Hugh to sign up:
Cost:  $400 paid directly to Hugh
Number of Participants: limited to 12
Dates: Three days in September,  23,24,25-2024

The class will start at 10 am and each day will end at 3PM.  Everyone will bring lunch and lots of water.

 Food and Housing not included in cost.

Spring Plein Air Workshop with Ron Stocke

By Plein Air, Workshops

**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.

2024 Idaho Watercolor Society Annual Workshop

By Annual Juried Exhibition, Annual Workshop, Workshops

**As of Tuesday, 02/13/2024, this workshop is full. If you wish to be added to a waiting list, email both Susan Kluksdal at and Jean Ah Fong at **


2024 Idaho Watercolor Society Annual Workshop
Presented by Chris Stubbs
June 5th to June 7th


Chris has been painting in watercolor since she was 16 years old—with a lot of breaks—while she was raising children and being the wife of a (now retired) career Navy pilot. Resuming painting while they were stationed in San Diego, Chris has worked at perfecting her lifelong passion of painting people. She also enjoys painting flowers, animals, and all things authored by the heart of our Creator God.

Painting the beauty of our creation is important to her. In our sometimes crazy world, Chris believes that beauty cries out for the world to see and to taste and be believed.

She paints mainly in transparent watercolor. Often considered the most difficult of the painting media, watercolor has a distinctive ability to allow light to shine through the paint in a transparent manner, when painted on white paper. And because water is the carrier, the colors have a unique ability to blend in ways that no other medium can do. This brings a feeling of “light” into her paintings.

Chris holds Signature membership in the National Watercolor Society, Northwest Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, and Watercolor Society of Oregon and served as President of the Watercolor Society of Oregon in 2019. She has won numerous awards including two Best in Show awards and five People’s Choice Awards in the Watercolor Society of Oregon Shows.

To see her gallery, go to



  • Entrants to this workshop will be accepted on a first come/first served basis by email. When the class is full, we will email those included, and also send an email to those on the wait list.  Send your reply email to both Susan Kluksdal at and to Jean Ah Fong at  That way if one of us misses your response, we have a way to check.
  • The cost is $425. This will be a popular workshop so don’t wait!
  • Once you receive confirmation, you have until May 1st for us to receive the entry form and money (check made to IWS) to: Susan Kluksdal, 1766 N Bello Sara Way, Eagle, ID  83616
  • After May 1st, if you need to cancel, we will refund money 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 May 1st, your spot will be given away.
  • The workshop will go from 9am until 4pm June 5th through June 7th.
  • Location is Riverside Inn, 2900 W Chinden Blvd, Garden City ID 83714
  • Lunches will be provided each day. Morning coffee, tea, water and maybe a cookie or breakfast breads will be available.
  • We will send out a supply list at a later date.
  • Out of towners: There is a block of rooms available at the Riverside Inn 208-343-1871. The block is listed under IWS.  The IWS state show, awards ceremony, reception, and workshop will all be held at the Riverside Inn, so it will be a very convenient place to stay.  Price, including taxes and fees, is $254.25/night. The awards ceremony and reception will be Tuesday the 4th.

For additional information and the mail in registration form, click here.


IWS Watercolor Society, Letter from the President

By All IWS Info, Events, Exhibits, President, WFWS, Workshops


Fellow IWS Artists,

Since we only publish our newsletter quarterly, and IWS is ramping up activities, I thought an update was in order.           

Experimental Exhibition – Wow, what a turnout!  The board was delighted to have 53 entries into our first-ever “Anything Goes” exhibition.  A huge thank you to Cherry Woodbury for leading this effort.  If you were at the Annual Meeting, you saw the winning entries and know who the winners are.  If you missed that great event, here is the announcement…albeit delayed:

First Place, titled “A Night Out” by Jane Wilson $300
Second Place, titled “Summer Sunflowers” by Jean Nelson Ah Fong $200
Third Place, titled “Refugee” by Dave Earnest $100

A huge thank you to our juror Ruth Armitage from the Oregon Watercolor Society.

Annual Meeting – If you were not able to attend, you missed a good one!  So many people helped make this annual event outstanding, but special thanks to our Regional Rep, recently retired, Linda Carlson.  We will miss Linda, as she and her husband move to North Carolina.   We experienced five amazing Art Talks over the course of those two days:  Linda Aman, Sue Tyler, Torgeson Murdock, Yidan Guo, and Bernadette Regnier.  We tried our hand at block prints, visited the Idaho Falls Art Gallery, picnicked in the park, wandered through the amazing Japanese Gardens, and made and renewed friendships from across the state.  A huge thank you to all who helped make this event so enriching.  Watch for news about next year’s location and activities.

Strategic Planning – The day before the annual meeting in Idaho Falls, a handful of members gathered to envision and plan for our future…who we are, who we want to be, and the resources we need to get there.  Our goal over the course of the coming 9 months is to develop these plans and present them at our 2023 Annual Meeting for the organization’s approval.  Our next strategic planning meeting will be in Boise in November. If you are a visionary and/or strategic thinker and would like to be involved, get in touch with me.

Membership – Three announcements regarding membership:

  1. To facilitate increased opportunities for our members, the board researched other regional arts organizations and voted to increase our dues by $5.  Dues will now be $45 per year.
  2. Previously an additional $5 could be paid if a member wanted to receive the quarterly newsletter by mail.  Due to the increased cost of postage and printing, for a decreasing number of members, the board voted to provide the newsletter exclusively by email and eliminate mailed copies.
  3. The board and members at the annual meeting voted to offer a third option for membership.  Joint membership with the Plein Air Painters of Idaho (PAPI) will be offered at a cost of $70.  This is a $20 savings if you belong to both IWS and PAPI.  Each organization will maintain its organizational structure and exhibition requirements. Joint membership will allow you to enter shows, workshops, and events for both organizations.   Joint membership can be paid for either by mail to Lynn McConnell or online at the IWS Website.

We will start our cooperative activities with the previously announced Plein Air Workshop on April 8th.  It will be held at the beautiful Riverhouse in Star, Idaho, featuring the nationally acclaimed Plein air painter, Gabriel Stockton from the San Diego Watercolor Society.

Rotunda Show – Beth Trott and Bonnie Liles have been busy planning for this next exhibition at the Capitol Rotunda Show March 4 – 17th.   We had so many visitors last year, and a first-time reception that was so well attended, it was crowded.  Just what artists, looking to sell their work (sans commission) like.

 Annual Exhibition 2023 – Plans are well underway with our experienced Exhibition Coordinator, Scott Muscolo.  Our Vice President, Don Belts has been working hard at securing a juror and workshop instructor for next year. We are pleased to announce that he has contracted with Robin Poteet of Virginia.  If you are not familiar with her work, check out her website.  I think you will be impressed.  The breadth of her work is amazing.  Scott will have more information and the prospectus available in January.

Regional Reps – I wanted to recognize the great work our Regional Reps are doing, hosting workshops, meetings, and art activities and recruiting new members.   Every week I receive notice from Lynn McConnell, our membership chairman, of new members joining IWS.  A huge thank you to Cathy Anderson, Connie Pepper, Cheryll Root, Les Scott, and Neila Loebs.

In closing, I am writing this from my daughter’s patio in Santa Barbara.  It is 89 degrees today!  Beautiful, but a little too hot in October for this native Idahoan!  Enjoy this beautiful Fall and paint like your life depended on it.  After all, we have numerous shows coming up:  Rotunda show, WFWS, Annual Exhibition, and probably more!

Carol HasBrouck Browning
IWS President