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Steve Griggs Workshop

Monday, October 10, 2022 to Thursday, October 13, 2022
Christ the King Church
4000 N Rodney Parham Rd
Little Rock, AR  72212

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Paula Kalina
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only

Workshops run from 9am-4pm Daily

Steve's love of art started early in life. While other children would lament field trips to the art museum, that was his favorite day of the school year! Steve's mother bought his first 'real' watercolor set of six tubes of paint, when he was in elementary school and his love of watercolor was born. Growing up in a large family made finding time and space for painting difficult. Whenever possible Steve would steal away to the basement of his childhood home where he would paint but never show anyone what he had done. Steve remained a 'closet artist' until he attended Michigan State University and graduated with a degree in Studio Art. Steve later attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

With his unique, loose painting style, Steve’s paintings have been juried into a variety of national and international exhibitions and regularly win awards. Steve loves to guide other artists in learning to paint in his free and expressive style and he is a popular workshop instructor and exhibition juror. Steve and his partner, Sue, have also written numerous articles for publication in Watercolor Artist and The Artist Magazine (published in the UK).

Steve has gallery representation with Mirada Fine Art in Indian Hills, Colorado; Twisted Fish Gallery in Elk Rapids, Michigan; J Petter Galleries in Douglas, Michigan; and Five3Gallery in Laguna Beach, California.

Loose Watercolor Painting

Learn how to create loose, moving, and evocative watercolor paintings with free and generous brush strokes. During this workshop painters are invited to try out a variety of watercolor painting strategies and techniques to create loose, intuitive, free, and spontaneous effects.

You will learn how to
Effectively use a sketchbook for planning
Create loose brush strokes
See shapes and translate them into a painting
Capture a sense of movement in your paintings
Use unique colors to tell a story

Materials List


I use Daniel Smith and M Graham almost exclusively (these are my favorites), Winsor Newton Cotman or Van Gogh watercolors will do. I often use Winsor Newton Cotman or Van Gogh for sketching and preliminary studies.

Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Blue
Cerulean OR Manganese Blue
Cadmium Red Light
Cadmium Yellow Light OR Hansa Yellow Light
New Gamboge OR Gamboge
Burnt Sienna OR Paynes Gray OR Neutral Tint
Cobalt Turquoise
Quinacradone Gold
Mars OR Lunar Black
White Gouache


the best quality you have or are able to purchase

One round big, mop/quill-shaped
One round pointed brush (sable or squirrel)
One rigger or needle point for fine details and lines
Small round brushes sized #8, 10, 12 (I like Escoda Versatil or Princeton Neptune or Da Vinci)
1” Flat


Arches OR Fabriano 300 grams rough texture 140 lb. It is best to use 1/4 or 1/2 size sheet, but of course, you can paint in any size you feel comfortable. I will demonstrate on 1/4 and 1/2 size sheets.

Sketchbook – Canson or Arteza Watercolor 9” x 12” (or something comparable)
Water containers
Masking tape
Scotch tape
Spray bottle
Small pocket knife or palette knife
Painting board to mount paper