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Mitchell Tolle Hosts Workshop for Art Students


Artist Mitchell Tolle Workshop
Artist Mitchell Tolle, left, is pictured here with Lee art major Ryan Davison.

Internationally known American artist, Mitchell Tolle, recently hosted a Watercolor Portrait workshop for 15 Lee University art students.

“Tolle inspires our student artists to take their art practice to the next level,” said Mary Mathias-Dickerson, assistant professor of art at Lee.

To prepare for the workshop, students created large pencil drawings on watercolor paper with the guidance of Mathias-Dickerson.

Tolle instructed students to create a highly-detailed watercolor portrait while providing personalized visuals and feedback throughout the day. He spoke about color theory, brushwork, and the importance of light and shadow in portraiture.

“His commitment to excellence and continuous improvement is contagious,” said Mathias-Dickerson. “Students who participated in the workshop have been applying what they learned from him in many of their other classes. Having him on campus with our students was a great opportunity for them to see an established watercolor artist at work.”

This event was organized by John Simmons, assistant professor of art at Lee.

For more information about Lee’s Art program, call (423) 614-8341.

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