ONLINE CLASS: Watercolor Painting – Scenes from Italy

DATES: 01/20/2022 - 02/10/2022
PRICE: $190.00

Jan has taught FEARLESS WATERCOLORS at the Art League of Long Island and The Artists Studio at Chelsea Mansion. Since March 2020, however, she has taught exclusively on line and now reaches students from all of the US and internationally. Every year Jan does a 4-day workshop at the Landgrove Inn in Vermont and Artists’ Trip to Europe.  Starting Fall 2021 she will be resuming in-person classes at the Firefly Artists second floor in Northport, NY where she also exhibits and sells her paintings.

As a watercolorist, Jan longs to embrace all the wonderful things this medium has to offer, blossoms, drips, unexpected things that happen – lost edges, movement of pigment. Her comment:

I want to keep them all to remember that it is very much like life itself. Most artists feel that this medium is difficult to control and the most challenging to paint with. But I feel the total opposite of this. I long for all of the uniqueness and beauty watercolors have to offer and to leave room for the viewer to fill in what may be missing or nearly suggested.

As a teacher Jan loves to share this passion of watercolor techniques, theories and joy with all of her students, hoping that they find enjoyment in interpreting their world with paint, splatters, drips and color by embracing the unexpected and unplanned.

Jan has exhibited at the Heckscher Museum, the William Reis Gallery, the Huntington Arts Council, the Long Island Museum, the Art League of Long Island, The Art Guild and is a permanent artist at The Firelyfly Gallery in Northport, NY.

Jan graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and has been a graphic artist designing marketing materials for businesses for 45 years. Recently retired from that, she looks forward to focusing entirely on painting and teaching.

Cala Lilys by Jan Guarino

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Artists Statement:

Every painting I choose to paint focuses on the question … what drew me to this subject? As I move through this question, I look through a filter that asks what’s next and then go where the answers lead me. The subject may be a place I visited during my travels, I will be called to a particular photo, or a painting I started en plein aire. It may be a photograph someone shows me of a person, a child, a couple that captured a moment, an expression, a posture. But when I see it, there is a moment where something grabs me and causes me to pause. I am overcome by a stirring and a knowing that I must paint it.

I don’t choose my subjects as much as they seem to choose me. My intention is always to create an unexpected depiction of the subject, a colorful interpretation, not a literal translation. I enjoy using this unusual color palette to bring you into the painting and though, you may have been seen that place before, I wish for you to feel you are seeing it through a different lens for the very first time.

Italy is always Inspirational

Anybody can take a photo of the beauty of Italy but the spirit and character of the place really is conveyed through painting.  Join Jan as she captures that magic in watercolor.

This series is for all levels of students – beginners to advanced.  Jan will guide you on how to work from photos and paintings to produce imaginative and unique watercolors of scenes of Italy.

Jan will be teaching a live, in-person workshop in the Cinque Terre, Italy October 1-8.

Class Dates: 4 Thursdays, January 20, 27, February 3 & 10, 2022

Time:  3:00 pm ET (That is 2pm Central time, 1pm Mountain time and 12 noon Pacific time; 8 pm in Britain and 9 pm in Europe)

Class Length: 2 hours
All classes are recorded and sent to participants afterwards.  If you miss a class, no worries, just watch the recording at your own pace.

Price:  $190 for 4 classes

Piazza Navona, Rome

Student work on display from workshop in Tuscany, 2019


This class is online.  You can enjoy it from your own home using your laptop, iPad or smartphone.

Once you register, we’ll send you a Zoom link to join the class on the specific day, at the appointed hour.

You don’t need a Zoom account.  Just click the link and you will be admitted.

We will send you the zoom invitation once you register for the class.

Please log in a few minutes early to greet the others and to get situated.