Cindy Briggs


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Cindy Briggs' workshops are focused on developing your own style and building confidence as you develop a deeper understanding of design and watercolor techniques. She creates an enriching and positive atmosphere for all levels of artists. Discover her process from start to finish to create paintings with dramatic light, jazzed up harmonious colors, and captivating compositions.

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June 2021

Quick Sketch Watercolors – University of Utah Lifelong Learning Online

June 19 @ 10:00 AM - June 26 @ 3:00 PM
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June 19-26, 2021
10am to 3:30 Mountain Time

Discover how to easily draw with free flowing lines and confidently mix and mingle flowing translucent watercolors. Using fine point markers and transparent watercolor, you will see how quickly you can create exciting spontaneous small paintings, quick studies and journal entries. With two sessions you'll have time to experiment, expand your skills, and explore your own style as you get into the flow of creating. This class is great for all levels of experience. Participants are encouraged to bring a selection of reference photos or use those provided by the instructor. Students are responsible for their own materials; find a list online.

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Smithsonian Studio Arts Workshop – Watercolor Sunflowers in Spain

June 23 @ 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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June 23, 2021
1:30 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Studio Arts Workshop on Zoom

Tournesols, girasoles, girasoli. In any language, a field of sunlit sunflowers surrounding a medieval village is a dream-like scene. Create your own field of sun learning how to paint with flowing watercolors while exploring positive and negative space, mixing a range of color values, and capturing sunlight with your paintbrush. A tracing and reference photo is provided to help you simplify the subjects and draw ahead of class time. This allows you to focus on finishing a painting in the session.

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ONLINE|Terracotta – A Child’s Portrait

June 24 @ 10:00 AM - June 25 @ 1:30 PM
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June 24 & 25 , 2022

Discover how to paint a child's portrait as you explore skin tone color mixing, blending to capture the form of the face, painting beautiful eyes, depicting hair, and pulling it all together to capture the child's personality. A tracing is provided to make it easy.

You can use your own photo if you prefer and follow along - it's best to use a high-resolution photo with light and shadow on the face. You can share your chosen image with Cindy in the class gallery or privately through class messaging.

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Sunlit Watercolors – Burano, Italy –

June 28 - June 29

June 28 & 29, 2021
10am to 1:30 pm Pacific Time

Virtually visit the colorful island of Burano, a ferry ride away from Venice. We will focus on painting colorful sunlit walls and mesmerizing reflections as we explore the village. You will learn how to capture light with your paintbrush as paint sunlight, reflective light, and colorful shadows. Then, we'll utilize the colors above and reflect them into the water. We'll focus on mingling colors, color choices, calligraphic brush work, and mixing colors. A tracing of the scene is provided so you can start painting right from the beginning.

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Add People to Your Watercolors – University of Utah Lifelong Learning Online

June 29 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
University of Utah – Lifelong Learning Center, 540 Arapeen Dr #210
Salt Lake City, UT 84108 United States

June 29 &  30, 2021
6:00 pm -9:00 pm Mountain Time

Adding people to your paintings creates energy and life. Through demonstrations and instructor guidance, learn how to paint a figure and place people in a scene. You'll learn how to mix skin tones and simplify a figure. Then, you'll place figures in a scene and paint it from start to finish!

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July 2021

Watercolor Skies –

July 20 @ 10:00 AM - July 21 @ 1:30 PM
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July 20 & 21, 2021
10am to 1:30 Mountain Time

In this class, we'll explore how to paint a variety of skies from simple to more dramatic using different approaches. Discover how to take advantage of wet-in-wet to wet-on-dry techniques to create captivating skies.

Learn the importance of organic shapes for your clouds and how to infuse subtle colors into your clouds. We'll also experiment with lost and found edges, making corrections, lifting color and adding color.

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Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT – Quick Sketch Watercolors

July 27 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Tuesday, July 27th, 2021
9:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Discover how to draw with flowing lines and paint with flowing colors using Cindy’ Quick Sketch method. You’ll learn how you can capture your travels with colorful sketches of a range of subjects. Cindy shows you how to simplify and capture the essence of your subject as we celebrate your emerging style. All levels.

Call to register at: (801) 435-649-8882

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Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT – Watercolor Zion

July 27 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Zion Painting

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021
9:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Explore the dramatic light, shapes and colors of Zion using watercolor as your medium. Cindy will share her approach for capturing the majestic stone cathedrals with her Utah palette of colors. You’ll discover how to draw Zion scenery with flowing organic lines or you can trace from Cindy’s prepared drawing. Then we’ll immerse our brushes into watercolor and mingle stunning colors right on the paper.

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August 2021

Smithsonian Studio Arts Workshop – Quick Sketch Watercolors

August 4 @ 6:30 PM - August 11 @ 9:30 PM
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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Discover how to quickly capture a variety of subjects with loose lines and painterly colors using instructor Cindy Briggs’ quick sketch watercolors method. This “go with the flow” technique is perfect for studies, travel journals, and finished fine art.

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Sculpting with Color & Light – Smithsonian Associates Online

August 5 - August 12
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August 5 & 12, 2021
6:30-9:30 pm Eastern Time

If you venture outside the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, you discover a walkway filled with marble statues of Renaissance masters including Michelangelo, da Vinci, and Ravello. Bring a bit of Italy to your artwork as you learn to capture the likeness of a sunlit sculpture in watercolors. In the first class, paint the likeness of the master sculptor Michelangelo and explore how dramatic sunlight and layered shadows can give a watercolor painting a sense of dimension. In the second, paint Leonardo da Vinci’s statue along with the instructor, or work from your own photo of a sculpture. This new way of seeing can be your stepping-stone to the world of watercolor portraiture.

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Provence Passageway NEW

Watercolor step-by-step video & bonus quick sketch lesson available through open studio online.
Imagine traveling to Provence and painting the old world architecture with its charming textured stonework, lavender shutters and climbing vines.

From start to finish of this 145 min instruction video, you'll discover how to draw with flowing lines, mix captivating mingled watercolors directly on the paper, and create the illusion of dramatic sunlight and shadows.

Bonus: Cindy shares her quick-sketch technique so you can quickly capture your experiences and vision in your watercolor journal.

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