PIQUA — Internationally acclaimed watercolorist Steven Kozar will be making a stop in Piqua next week to teach a four-day watercolor workshop for the Piqua Arts Council. Kozar is planning to cover a wide range of topics and address the needs of the participants from beginners to near-masters in watercolor. His workshop will take place March 28-31 at the Schmidlapp Free School Library.
Kozar has been painting as a full-time professional artist since 1986 (right after he dropped out of art school). He primarily paints using watercolor, although he also uses oil or acrylic on occasion. There are no “tricks” to his paintings — they are all done with a paintbrush (with very rare use of an airbrush). His paintings are based on actual places that he has visited and photographed; he then uses these photographs as a reference back in his studio.
Kozar’s paintings have been sold in prestigious art galleries in Chicago, Milwaukee, Washington D.C., New York and, most recently, in London at the Plus One Gallery.
“Without a doubt, Steven is helping the Piqua Arts Council achieve their goals with the workshop series,” said Jordan Knepper, executive director of the Piqua Arts Council. “When we applied for the money from the Ohio Arts Council, we wanted our workshop series to be different from any other one in the state. We wanted ours to draw awareness to Piqua and help people from outside of the area see how impressive of a city Piqua can be.
“We also wanted a workshop series that featured the best artists in the United States, if not the world. By bringing in these masters of their media, we’re providing opportunities for artists throughout the state to come and learn from the very best of each discipline.”
Knepper says that the money from the Ohio Arts Council allows Piqua Arts Council to keep the cost of the workshops relatively low. By getting money through the grant process, the workshop is only $350, with PAC members enjoying a $50 discount.
The fall workshop, which will take place Oct. 3-6, will feature oil painter and Air Stream Invitational winner Stephen Fox. Registration for the fall workshop is open, and Knepper said he already has registrations for that workshop.
Piqua Arts Council’s Workshop Series is supported by the Ohio Arts Council and the Schmidlapp Family. More information about the workshop series can be found at www.PiquaArtsCouncil.org or by calling (937) 773-9630.