8213
Jekyll Island
Watercolor on the Golden Isles
Find inspiration in the beauty of Jekyll Island as you learn the art of watercolor, enjoying daily instruction, demonstrations and exercises to improve your confidence and technique.
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Program No. 8213RJ
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Jekyll Island, GA
D
Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in is available from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: In a private banquet room at the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, we’ll enjoy a Southern meal with salad, entrée, dessert, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase from the bar.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Our artistic goal is to complete small paintings under expert supervision and guidance. We’ll display our work at an informal art show on the last evening of the program. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
2
Watercolor Instruction & Painting, Open Studio Practice
Jekyll Island, GA
B,L,D
Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Breakfast: In the Club’s Victorian-era Grand Dining Room, the extensive breakfast buffet offers choices such as a daily special dish, scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, potatoes, hot and cold cereals, grits, fresh fruit, yogurt, homemade pastries, toast, bagels, muffins, juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Our instructor begins the Exploring Watercolor with some projects that focus on various types of color theory after reviewing the color wheel. The group explores and practices painting with only monochromatic color, color triads, and complementary colors on smaller projects like cards and bookmarks. These exercises will acquaint the students with vocabulary that will be utilized throughout the week. Questions are encouraged and there is a review before breaking for lunch.

Lunch: In a private banquet room, choose from a selection of salad, soup or sandwich, coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: The class focuses on elements of composition and draws out several marsh scenes to paint. Instructor introduces watercolor techniques like masking and planning for leaving white spaces in the paintings. Teacher shows two paintings she has begun working on and discusses planning for the next steps she will take. Students begin work on two paintings simultaneously utilizing monochromatic color theory on one painting and a full color palette on the second painting. Teacher continues to monitor all students and keeps ahead of the class with updates to her own two paintings. Drying the paintings and keeping the integrity of colors is encouraged with use of hair dryers and moving back and forth on the two paintings. Students learn how to use corks for tree trunks and sea sponges for foliage. Micron pens are demonstrated for smaller branches in trees. We’ll continue painting with individual supervision and suggestions by our instructor.

Dinner: At the Club.

Evening: Preliminary critique of Monday paintings with all wishing to participate. Finish up the first day’s paintings with open studio time. Those who finish are encouraged to make a few watercolor cards.

DAY
3
Watercolor Instruction and Painting
Jekyll Island, GA
B,L,D
Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Breakfast: Grand Dining Room buffet.

Morning: Instructor demonstrates making shapes into forms using light and shadow. Students create a color scale from lightest tint to darkest shade and learn how use of complementary colors makes shades. Instructor demonstrates how to draw and paint different indigenous trees like oaks and palms. Students practice on small watercolor paper how to draw and then paint the different trees. Students are given photos of different landscapes with close-ups of trees and draw out two landscapes with the focus of the paintings being the trees and the colors and textures they display. Students watch as instructor begins her two watercolor paintings.

Lunch: At the Club.

Afternoon: Instructor reviews terms used in morning session before painting begins. Students begin working on their paintings, following the lead and suggestions of the instructor as she works on her own paintings. Teacher will continue to give one-on-one instruction and assistance as needed to every student, sharing the information with the entire class when beneficial to all. Students are encouraged to begin new paintings or work on cards when they are happy with their first two paintings

Dinner: At the Club.

Evening: Open Studio. Teacher is available to review topics covered in first couple of sessions. Completion of paintings is the goal for the open studio time. Watercolor cards and more paper are available for students’ use.

DAY
4
Watercolor Instruction, Free Time
Jekyll Island, GA
B
Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Breakfast: Grand Dining Room buffet.

Morning: Water, sand, beach scenes, implying people and dogs, birds and boats - that is what students will explore with watercolor today in preparation for painting two ocean scenes on Thursday! Small cards are again used to practice and experiment before getting to a larger format painting. Artistic tissue, toothbrushes, pieces of credit cards and different brushes give students tools that will make watercolor fun! With free time in the afternoon, students are encouraged to take pictures of Jekyll Beach or Driftwood Beach for Thursday’s paintings.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own at the Jekyll Island Club. Suggestions include the Club Café, Jekyll Island Club Hotel's popular bakery-delicatessen; the Victorian-era Grand Dining Room; or the Courtyard at Crane, which offers casual fine dining a short stroll from the main hotel.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You might like to visit the Jekyll Island Historic District or St. Simons Island.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Watercolor Instruction, Art Show Presentations
Jekyll Island, GA
B,L,D
Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Breakfast: Grand Dining Room buffet.

Morning: Instructor reviews points made during Wednesday morning class and asks for questions about terms used in other classes. Students can work from their own photos of beaches they love, beaches visited on Wednesday afternoon or work from photos the instructor has. Students create two compositions and begin painting after a brief review of how to pre-plan.

Lunch: At the Club.

Afternoon: Continue work on morning paintings and complete any others that are not finished in preparation for an evening art show. As completed students can mount their artwork on mat board.

Dinner: At the Club.

Evening: An informal art show in the art classroom enables all to come and see the completed creations from the last four days. The celebration of students’ artwork is a fabulous ending

DAY
6
Watercolor Q&A, Program Concludes
Jekyll Island, GA
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out is by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Grand Dining Room buffet.

Morning: Our instructor will lead a final question and answer session and wrap up to summarize what we’ve learned. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys! We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!