Watercolor Adventures - Ron Thurston

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Monday, June 20, 2016 - Friday, June 24, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Monday, June 20, 2016 - Friday, June 24, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

Dive right in and explore the transparent world of watercolor. The first day begins with the basics: paints, paper, and brushes, and then moves into design and composition. See how your paintings will come alive when the foundations are exciting. Personal expression, abstract or otherwise, is encouraged. Daily lessons will challenge students to try new color and compositions that will spark ordinary subjects into eye-catching visuals. A casual atmosphere makes each day a fun and rewarding painting adventure. 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. His favorite borrowed philosophy comes from artist Henry Koerner, “If you do something with love, love looks back at you.”

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Touchstone is located in Farmington, Pennsylvania, amid the natural splendor of the Laurel Highlands. Founded in 1972 as the Pioneer Crafts Council, Touchstone's original mission was to foster interest in the preservation of the traditional craft forms and culture of the Appalachian region. Today, the craft school has expanded to include a wide variety of traditional and emerging craft forms, including blacksmithing, ceramics, metal, jewelry, textiles, glass, painting, mosaics, and printmaking. In addition to offering seasonal craft courses taught by nationally renowned artisans, Touchstone provides underserved audiences in the region, from senior citizens to public school students, with craft-centered educational programming. Touchstone's artistic, educational, and residential facilities sit on 150 acres of lush woodlands and pristine wilderness. The campus is covered with towering trees, unique rock formations, and wildflower meadows, and is crossed by McIntyre Run, a rushing stream.


Not only is Touchstone Center for Crafts the only residential craft school in Pennsylvania, it's the natural setting for your creative nature.


Touchstone's mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression. To realize this mission, the school offers workshops, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and other forms of artistic and educational programming throughout the year. Dedicated to achieving national prominence and local relevance, Touchstone strives for national distinction by recruiting some of the best artists in the country to teach high-quality craft workshops that attract a geographically diverse audience. The organization strives for local relevance by providing educational and outreach programming that serves a wide variety of the underserved populations in Fayette County and other parts of southwestern Pennsylvania.

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Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
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