Broadening Your Watercolor Language
with Mat Barber Kennedy
Collaboration with Telluride Plein Air Festival


Thursday 6/22 – Saturday 6/24
10:00 – 2:00

Transformation Studio


Join artist Mat Barber Kennedy for this liberating three-day workshop integrating collage, transparency, and texture with watercolor. We will be working with watercolors, Matte Medium, and various papers to develop language and techniques that will bring depth and power to your work. Whether you paint landscapes, still lives, portraits, or abstracts, Mat will lead you through exercises and techniques that broaden your language and build your courage to create striking images that extend the possibilities of traditional watercolor.

Mat Barber Kennedy is an internationally recognized painter from London. A member of The Royal Institute of Painters In Watercolour and a fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, he teaches at The American Academy of Art in Chicago, but this is the first time he has offered a workshop in Colorado. All Levels of Experience are welcome. Tuition Assistance is not available for this workshop.


Please see the required Student Materials list here.


Artist Biography:

For over thirty years Mat Barber Kennedy has been drawing and painting aging machines, tools and buildings, constructed in layers, adapted over generations, and decaying in pieces.

He is fascinated by junctions of materials and by the corrosive relationship between designed objects and the passage of time. Occupants die or move on, put up signs and go out of business. Children throw stones and touch door frames which get dirty by the handle. Tools are used, bear scars and grow weary with the years of service. People are never directly depicted in his work but they are always present by implication.

Mat Barber Kennedy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and of The American Impressionists Society. In 2008 he was awarded the Turner Medal in London.