Touchstone CENTER FOR CRAFTS

Pioneering Craft Education for Over 50 Years

Ron Thurston will be teaching ‘Watercolor Naturally’ at Touchstone from July 9–13, 2018


A casual atmosphere makes this week at Touchstone a rewarding adventure!


Natural shapes are all around us. You can incorporate rocks, leaves, and shadows as a supporting role to any subject. Watch how easily your painting (abstract or otherwise) will come alive when the foundation is interesting. The next step is to simply fill in those shapes with color. Watercolor basics, personal expression, and a number of other fun and creative topics will be discussed. Lessons are designed to encourage you to try new color and composition approaches that will spark ordinary subjects into exciting visuals. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.


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Ron Thurston won the Keystone Award and Medal in the 2014 Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 35th Annual International Juried Exhibition at the State Museum in Harrisburg. Watercolor Artist magazine featured eight of Ron’s paintings in the April 2014 issue. A signature member of the American Water Society, he is also a past president of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society. He is a founding member of Pittsburgh Underwater, an exhibiting group of five, who started Watercolors Gallery—this gallery lasted for ten years. Ron has won three Aqueous Open Best of Shows and a Grumbacher Gold Medal. Ron won a silver medal at Adirondacks 2013 National Exhibition of American Watercolors and another award in 2014. He was accepted into the first five Signature American Watercolor Exhibitions at Fallbrook Gallery, Fallbrook, California. Ron’s reputation as one of the premier watercolor painters in western Pennsylvania brings many buyers to his work.


To see more of Ron’s work visit ronthurston.net


Mission Statement: Touchstone Center for Crafts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression.

Touchstone Center for Crafts condemns all acts of racism, discrimination, and senseless violence. We firmly believe that everyone has a right to dignity, respect, and equality without fear.  As an organization, we commit to listen and learn and to grow. We will continue to work to empower people to use art as a means of expression, a way to build community, and a powerful voice for change.

Touchstone Center for Crafts · 1049 Wharton Furnace Rd. · Farmington · PA 15437

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