Goldmoor Inn Artists in Residence Teaching January Painting Workshops

I had never touched watercolors in my life—besides the eight-color Crayola® trays that I used in kindergarten. Yet, in only two hours, I created a watercolor painting that I was proud of, during the inaugural session of the Goldmoor Inn Artists in Residence program. The luxury bed-and-breakfast Goldmoor Inn, located in Galena, Illinois, is sponsoring the program for four consecutive weeks during January. Award-winning Chicago watercolor painter Carol Luc taught me and several others basic watercolor techniques during this past weekend’s session.

The workshop was held in a heated gazebo overlooking the Mississippi River. So although the temperature outside was single-digits, we painted in comfort while surrounded by Galena’s natural beauty.

Goldmoor Inn Artists in Residence Watercolor Class

A natural painter I am not, so I was somewhat intimidated by the thought of a watercolor class. However, I was relieved when Carol brought out the Saral paper. Saral is graphite tracing paper, sort of like the carbon paper we used to use in typing (I am dating myself here), but a lot less messy. Everyone else in my class opted for the Saral paper, too, instead of drawing the outline of the winter scene by hand.

Using Saral paper to transfer outline

Tracing the picture outline with Saral paper

Once the basic outline was traced onto the watercolor paper, Carol’s teaching expertise (Carol also teaches art classes) made the rest of the class a breeze. She taught us three techniques common in watercolor painting.

Learning the watercolor technique

We used just one color, which made it simpler for us newbies. The blue that Carol chose was perfect for the snow scene we painted.

Learning watercolor techniques

Following our session, we toasted our success at a champagne reception, where we also admired more of Carol’s paintings, some of which she created during her week on the premises.

Artists in Residence Watercolor Class

Paintings by Carol Luc

Goldmoor Inn Artists in Residence Program Continues through January

Each week in January, the Goldmoor Inn is sponsoring a different painter, who spends the week on site. On Saturday afternoon, the artist teaches a private class. Classes vary in the type of medium. My class was in watercolors. Future classes are in oils and pastels.

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If the weather allows, some of the classes will be held outdoors. Otherwise, like the class I took, they will be in the heated gazebo.

Here is the full schedule of the Goldmoor Inn Artists in Residence workshop sessions:

Saturday, January 7: Watercolor techniques to achieve atmospheric perspective taught by artist Carol Luc

Saturday, January 14: Fundamentals of Plein Air Painting in Oils taught by artist Caroline Goldsmith

Saturday, January 21: Master Class en Plein Air taught by artist Catherine Whitehead

Saturday, January 28: Sunsets in Pastels taught by artist Nina Menduni-Kelson

More about the Goldmoor Inn

The Goldmoor Inn boasts thirteen suites. In addition, there are two cabins and three cottages on the 21-acre property located high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River.

Goldmoor Inn and Dining

Although every accommodation is common in luxury, each is unique in décor. All have a fireplace, two-person whirlpool tub, and kitchen area with a microwave and refrigerator, plus special features like a heated towel bar.

Goldmoor Inn suite

You may visit the dining room for breakfast or have the gourmet morning meal delivered to your room.

Breakfast at Goldmoor Inn

The Goldmoor Inn fine dining room is open to both guests and to the public for dinner Thursday through Monday. Having experienced one of Chef Ryan Mead’s exquisite dinners, I highly recommend enjoying at last one dinner in-house.

More Art in Galena

Art lovers will also want to visit some of Galena’s many art galleries and studios. In downtown Galena alone, more than a dozen shops sell artwork, from paintings and photography to pottery and sculptures. During our short downtown visit, we stopped in three shops.

  • Accomplished painter Mark Skidmore offers his own works in Skidmore Art Gallery, as well as pieces created by other artists in various media, including glass and sculpture. Mark also offers art classes.

Skidmore Art Gallery, Galena

  • We loved the metal sculptures at Galena Metal Artworks, especially the whimsical pieces like a squirrel feeder shaped like a squirrel and creative pieces made of recycled metal objects.

Galena Metal Artworks

  • Pinder Pottery features pottery artist Joe Pinder’s creations, as well as those of other Jo Daviess County potters. Joe offers both beginner and advanced classes in hand-building and wheel-throwing pottery.

Pinder Pottery, Galena

To Register for a Goldmoor Inn Artists in Residence Art Class

  • Classes are limited to 8-10 students. Some classes include all supplies, and students must provide their own supplies for others.
  • The Goldmoor Inn, located approximately eight miles south of downtown Galena at 9001 W Sand Hill Road, is offering a 20% discount on room rates to guests who stay two nights and register for an art class.
  • Check the Goldmoor Inn website for further details about the Goldmoor Inn Artists in Residence program and accommodations.

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Goldmoor Inn Artists in Residence program


Disclosures: My participation in the Goldmoor Inn Artists in Residence watercolor class was hosted by the Goldmoor Inn. My accommodations and class were complimentary; however, any opinions expressed in this article are my own.
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6 thoughts on “Goldmoor Inn Artists in Residence Teaching January Painting Workshops

  • January 11, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Your trip looked like so much fun! And your painting turned out great! It reminds me of the time my grandparents took me and my family to the Bahamas. The hotel had a sea dollar painting class that we took. I think I still have it somewhere…

    • January 11, 2017 at 8:44 am

      It was a fun trip, Hillary. I really enjoyed the class, and the Goldmoor Inn is truly a luxury B&B in a gorgeous setting.

  • January 14, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a wonderful way to enjoy Galena. I think this sounds like a fantastic experience.

    • January 15, 2017 at 7:00 am

      It was a fantastic experience, Barb. The Goldmoor Inn is gorgeous, and the painting experience was a lot of fun.

  • January 18, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks so much for your kind comments, Connie. So glad the inaugural workshop went so well for the participants, with happy results for all!

    • January 18, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Thank YOU, Carol! I really enjoyed the class and spending the weekend with you and the others.


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