HIGHLAND | LACARE Art League meeting was held at the Gloria Dei (Glory to God) Church in Highland. Dale L. Popovich IWS took the art league through his classical approach of watercolor painting.
To a full house of members and guests coming in from Chicago and Dixon, Ill., he started with photo reference on his iPad and a pencil sketch on 300-pound arches watercolor paper. He took his one-inch brush and immediately laid down bold color washes. He explained every stroke along the way adding stories and humor throughout the demo.
Over the course of an hour and a half he turned a white sheet of paper into a snow-covered rural Midwest farm scene. After several minutes of question and answers Popovich’s demo was raffled and Millie Davis of Hammond won it.
Popovich is an award-winning watercolorist and teacher who is passionate about capturing the raw beauty of the American landscape with the fluid stroke of a brush. Trained at The American Academy of Art in Chicago by Director and President, Irving Shapiro, AWS. Popovich was deeply inspired by this great American twentieth-century watercolorist.
Popovich later taught for many years at The American Academy of Art.
Currently, Popovich teaches at the prestigious Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago. The Palette and Chisel is an association of representational artists, founded in Chicago in 1895, is the second oldest artist organization in the United States, and membership is by an invitation only. He also teaches at the Mainstreet Art Center in Lake Zurich, IL.
This summer Popovich will hold a two-day workshop at the Elmhurst Art Museum.
He also has workshops, demos, and teaches weekly classes in his own studio in Highland. He takes a holistic approach to painting with his students. Devoted to both painting and teaching, Popovichs work hangs in collections around the country.