"Whitby" Circa 1824, by J. M. W. Turner (1775 - 1851) © Tate, London

A Watercolor Workshop

in the Tradition of J. M. W. Turner

Painting Boats, Sloops, Schooners & the Sea

With Mood & Emotion

Saturday, January 18 - Monday, January 20, 2020

9 am – 4 pm


$315 (Members)  

$350 (Nonmembers)

Hosted by the Mystic Seaport Museum 

75 Greenmanville Avenue 

Mystic, CT 06355 

(860) 572-5331

Mystic Seaport Museum is pleased to present a Watercolor Painting Workshop with Joel Popadics. During this three-day workshop, artists of all levels will learn how to paint boats, sloops, schooners and the sea in the tradition of British artist J. M. W. Turner.


Morning and afternoon sessions will begin with a painting demonstration. Topics will include how to paint boats, harbors, water reflections, skies, moody weather and all things related to the sea. Particular attention will be devoted to drawing seagoing vessels of all kinds. After each demonstration you’ll have an opportunity to paint and apply the concepts presented. Individual instruction will be provided throughout the day.

Participants will have an opportunity to tour the exhibition "J. M. W. Turner: Watercolors from the Tate" with Joel, gaining a unique perspective through the eyes an artist.


Click here to visit the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport's website for more information. Click here to enroll now.


May 26 - 28, 2020

Join Joel Popadics for a special three-day watercolor workshop hosted by Riverside Art Workshops in Newburgh, New York. Riverside Art Workshops are conducted in the comfort of a private home studio which has breathtaking panoramic views of the Hudson River reaching from Poughkeepsie to West Point. Each day, Joel will give a painting demonstration in the studio. Following the demonstration, paticipants will have the opportunity to paint and apply the concepts presented. Individual  instruction will be provided all day.

For more information and to enroll please call (845) 787-4167


Plein air Watercolors

June 15  –  June 19, 2020

Hosted by the Hudson Valley Art Workshops
Greenville Arms 1889 Inn
11135 Route 32
Greenville, NY 12083
Phone: (518) 966-5219


Capture the feeling of light, air and atmosphere in your watercolors during this weeklong outdoor workshop for artists of all levels. The scenic grounds of the Greenville Arms 1889 Inn and the surrounding Hudson River Valley will provide the inspiration for our subjects.


In this workshop Joel will demonstrate how to get the elusive feeling of light and air in his painting demonstrations. Topics will vary from painting trees, buildings, cows and other subjects. Following the demonstration, you will have the opportunity to paint and apply the concepts presented. Methods for creating effective clouds and skies will be explored, as well as how to mix a natural looking green. You'll also learn how to achieve spatial depth using a prismatic color approach. Individual instruction will be provided throughout the day.


Participants should plan on making at least two sketches a day and perhaps extra for "do-overs." Make sure you have Cadmium Lemon Yellow, Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine and Ivory Black plus whatever colors you're comfortable working with. Bring landscape reference pictures with good light and shadows and/or an interesting weather effect for use on a rainy day.


For more information and to enroll, please contact Kim LaPolla, Art Workshops Director, Hudson River Valley Art Workshops at

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