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Iain & Muir Stewart: Recording the City

October 10, 2014 @ 9:00 am - October 11, 2014 @ 3:00 pm


The Alabama Center for Architecture presents

Iain and Muir Stewart: Recording the City

An Architectural approach to sketching in watercolor

2- Day Workshop – $275

Friday October 10 & Saturday October 11 – 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Cost: $50 deposit required to hold reservation,
$225.00 balance due day of workshop

Materials & lunch not included

Checks to be payable to Birmingham Architectural Foundation

LIMITED SPOTS AVAILALBLE: Email kathryn@aiabham.org to reserve your spot or pay with credit card.



More on Iain & Muir Stewart & the workshop:

Explore the medium of watercolor in a relaxing and creative environment.

Award winning watercolorist and architectural illustrator, Iain Stewart, and his father, Muir Stewart, have designed a 2-day architectural sketchbook workshop to show you the techniques they use while painting on location in the urban environment. They will demonstrate how to edit seemingly complex city scenes to get at the heart of your subject and paint only what is necessary. Students should possess a basic understanding of the fundamentals of perspective drawing and be comfortable walking and drawing in the city.

Through demonstration, careful critique, and sharing of lessons learned over a long painting career, lain and Muir will help you understand how to prepare for, anticipate, and respond to the challenges that painting in watercolor presents. They will guide you through their process of simplifying a subject through sketching, creating graphite value studies, and expanding those value studies into preliminary color studies. In this manner, you will learn how to create a road map that, if followed, will greatly improve your painting and offer more consistent results. This road map will increase your understanding of how to paint in watercolor, help you avoid common mistakes, and works for any subject you choose to paint.

The class setting is very relaxed and accommodating. We will meet from 9:00 a.m. to noon, take an hour for lunch, and then resume from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This will be a walking tour with long stops for painting and critique.

“It is my absolute joy to watch students make those tiny breakthroughs that begin to build confidence and leave a lasting desire to continue their exploration. Far too often the background exploration of a painting is left undone, leaving the “soul” of the image a mystery. It is my hope that by understanding and repeating my process, you will find that your watercolors develop according to a plan rather than as the result of unanticipated reactions and compromises. Watercolor, if treated correctly, can be much easier than its reputation might suggest. I can think of no other form of expression that I delight in more than painting and it is my sincere wish to share that pleasure with others.”

Iain is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Society of Alabama.  He is also President-Elect of the Watercolor Society of Alabama.  His work has received top awards in international competition.  In addition to being a fine artist and instructor, Iain is an architectural illustrator in watercolor with an international clientele and is also an Adjunct Professor at the Auburn University School of Architecture.  To see more of Ian’s work visit www.stewartwatercolors.com

Muir Stewart is a Scottish Watercolorist and Architect living and working in the USA. He has worked as an Architect in Britain and Ghana, West Africa, after graduation from Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland.  As a teacher and Associate Professor he taught design, watercolor and drawing at Auburn University School of Architecture.  He now concentrates entirely on watercolor and has, both as a teacher and painter, been producing paintings and illustration in the medium for over 30 years. Lately, he has focused primarily on Architectural Illustration but Muir has traveled widely and much of his recent work was done on site in Italy, Scotland, England and France.  He maintains a studio near Auburn, AL.

To see more of Muir’s work visit www.muirstewartwatercolors.com


October 10, 2014 @ 9:00 am
October 11, 2014 @ 3:00 pm


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130 19th St S
Birmingham, 35233 United States
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