Artisan Academy Workshops


With Stephen Zhang 

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In Flux: Portrait in Watercolor 2 -day Workshop
December 10 & 11, 2021 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | $250

This workshop will explore painting portraits using organic and loose techniques. The objective is to explore how to tell the story of the person, while expressing the artist’s unique touches through brush, water and color.


 Instructor Bio:

Stephen Zhang is known for his unique approaches to watercolor. His portrait and landscape paintings are visually rich and emotionally profound. His art incorporates the artistic traditions of the East and West.

Born in China, Stephen graduated from Luxun Academy of Fine Arts. Later, he received his MFA degree from University of North Texas. Stephen has been painting watercolor for over 30 years, under the tutelage of his father Defu Zhang and the late professor Rob Erdle. In addition, Stephen has been Vice President and Creative Director at such companies as Fossil, Filson and Lodge26 Branding Agency. He becomes an assistant professor at University of North Texas, starting in Fall 2018.

Stephen’s paintings have been included or awarded by Signature American Watermedia International Exhibition, Chinese National Art Exhibition, Art Olympia (Japan), Infiniti National Art Competition, Watermedia Showcase, Watercolor USA, Transparent Watercolor Society of American, Watercolor West, Splash, and American Illustration. He has been featured in publications such as American Art Collector, International Artist, Watercolor Artist, The Art of Watercolor, Art and Design, and Pratique Des Arts.

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