Workshops & Mentoring
Creating paintings of people as works of art versus formal portraits
Jeannie hopes to encourage and challenge artists to communicate a story or feeling in their paintings and to create strong figurative works of art. Through demonstrations, candid conversation, and individual time, Jeannie shares her painting style and thoughts as well as the versatility of watercolor.
One-on-one Mentoring In-Person
or via Zoom.
Rivers of Steel, Pump House
880 E Waterfront Dr
May 22 – 26, 2023
This Industrial themed 5-day figurative painting workshop is an immersive experience into the regions’ industrial heritage.
Situated just across the Monongahela River from the Carrie Blast Furnaces, the Historic Pump House was once part of the U.S. Steel Homestead Steel Works. During this workshop, students will work with McGuire to hone their creative vision while drawing inspiration from the raw industrial space and immersed in an exhibition of Jeannie’s original artworks depicting people in industry. Students will also learn about the industrial heritage of the region with a tour of the Carrie Blast Furnace; and enjoy the art and relics throughout the Rivers of Steel property, surrounding area and river trail.
Franciscan Life Process Center
April 11-13, 2024
Details and Registration to come
Contact me for scheduling a date, fees, and additional information.
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire
Workshop: Figurative Design
Medium: Watercolor or your choice per venue
Level: Advanced beginner, intermediate, advanced
Dates & Registration Location: Per venue
An intuitive approach to character and compositional development of faces and figures in conjunction with their backgrounds. These 3-5 day workshops for larger groups of 20 are influenced by my current work and will build throughout the week with hands on projects, a lot of spontaneous discussion, design suggestions and painting time.
Workshop instruction focuses on creating paintings of people as works of art versus formal portraits and developing backgrounds that encourage a story, feeling, or purpose. Allow your unique style to emerge from a different perspective.
Students explore natural design in reference materials, size, shape and cropping impact, pigment maintenance, intentional and spontaneous marks, use of titanium white, and the freedom to change one’s mind.
Each day begins with a demo pertaining to the day’s project such as “explore eyes and faces in an unconventional way,” “focus on a single figure with an obscure background,” and “intertwine a group of people with their background elements.”
Attendees receive plenty of personal attention, individual critiques, and painting time.
Character and compositional development within several series. A semi-private experience for a small group of 4-10 artists. The class partakes in individual hands-on design, story development and explores their own path. The small class allows extensive individual mentoring and painting time.
Customized hourly sessions are available by appointment in my studio, either in-person or via zoom. These personalized one-on-one sessions are tailored to walk you through your own paintings as we discuss in-depth story, design and pigment application options. With an abundance of paintings at hand in my studio I will share examples and demos.
Student Material List:
Students are to bring their own personal photography or other acquired photos and snapshots to reference. Include posed and unposed figure(s) and face(s). Look for character, emotion, gestures, single figures and groupings, interesting poses and background elements.
The following supplies are considered essential; a few are noted as very helpful.
The majority of my pigments are currently Daniel Smith professional watercolor pigments (no acrylic or gouache). I supplement my standard palette with fun colors and neutrals. The following pigments are in my workshop palette. These pigments are not a purchasing request for students so please use pigments that you like.
I’ve found that as an instructor and a mentor my main focus is to inspire working artists to be better artists by encouraging them to paint from the perspective of a story and a persona.