Patty Schmid 2-Day Workshop

April 26-27 2024, 9am-4pm each day with lunch break included
Freedom Park, 2121 14th St. NW, New Brighton, NB 55112


Register now for the Patty Schmid – 2day in-person workshop, April 26-27, 9:00-4:00 each day with a lunch break included. Sign up on the NorthStar website or copy this link into your browser.

Patty likes to get the details of the person transferred to her portraits.

Patty always loved to draw and paint but she got very excited about watercolor back in 1996, when she took a class in watercolor at a community college. She painted, matted, and framed 15 paintings in 15 weeks. She painted off and on since 1996, but then in 2015 she started painting in earnest. She continues to attend workshops. In 2021 she started focusing on doing portraits and found that she loved capturing the personalities of the people, paying close attention to their faces.

She won Best of Show in the first exhibition she entered, which was a NorthStar members show in the spring of 2022. Since then, she has won 3 more awards, one of which was a juried exhibition.

In painting her portraits, she sees that it is very important to get a good likeness of the subject. Getting the shadow shapes right makes people look real. She especially likes to paint the eyes and get that sparkle.

For this workshop she is going to have students focus on simplifying painting faces from photographs. They will be learning how to recognize shadow shapes to sculpt the face in watercolor and draw the shadow shapes in the drawing. Then we will paint three basic layers. First the shadow shapes and a few lines, Next mid tones and flesh tones and then Third the details. 

Day one we will all paint from the same photo reference of Patty’s choosing. She will demonstrate each step, and the students will then paint each step. On day two we will start out with a critique of everyone’s work from the day before, and then each participant can bring their own photo reference and drawing that they choose to paint.

COST: $65.00 for members, and $80.00 for non-members.
Limit 20 students
Sign up deadline by March 7, 2024.

 If you have any questions about the workshop
 contact Nini Bronson: Workshop Chair:

Questions about NSWS membership status, contact: Laurie at