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David R. Becker, TWSA

JWS Fall 3-Day Workshop

October 24, 25, and 26, 2018



David R. Becker is an artist, illustrator, and art instructor from the Chicago area.

Since 1961, David has spent all his artistic life and career in the city of Chicago.  He studied at American Academy of Art in Chicago, and that is the reason a large majority of his subject matter comes from his life in the city that he loves so much.  After studying at The American Academy of Art in Chicago, David went into illustrating for a major advertising agency, J. Walter Thompson and later for Foote Cone and Belding.  He also started teaching around the country, right out of school, but always found time for his favorite ambition, creating fine art paintings.

David is the author of Watercolor Composition Made Easy, and How to Sketch with Watercolor; and he has had two different articles published in International Artist Magazine and in Watercolor Magic.  He is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and has won numerous awards for his work from watercolor societies around the country.

While David works in many mediums, including Watercolor, Oils and Acrylics, he is mostly recognized for his watercolor scenes of Chicago. Many of his works are hanging in homes and businesses throughout Chicago. David’s favorite painting was commissioned by Starbucks and can be seen at the Macy’s Starbucks store on Randolph and Wabash.

David has been teaching watercolor for 33+ years. This workshop is designed to benefit all levels of painters.  It will focus on watercolor from beginning to end; starting with how to take total control of the watercolor medium, leading to using control of the medium to create well-composed watercolors.  Subject matter will be changing daily with photo references supplied in the morning and switching to student’s own references in the afternoon.  Lessons include:

  • loosen up your watercolor technique,
  • adding life/people into your paintings,
  • controlling your wet-into-wet watercolor washes,
  • city scenes simplified,
  • portrait in watercolor, and
  • reflections of water in a nautical scene.

David's teaching method goes from group teaching exercises in the morning switching to one on one in the afternoon. Teaching students to conquer the medium of watercolor is David's goal and he takes great pride in making sure every student leaves with the ability to control watercolor.

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