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In The Flow: An Expressive Watercolor Intensive with Helen Klebesadel
In The Flow: An Expressive Watercolor Intensive with Helen Klebesadel

In The Flow: An Expressive Watercolor Intensive with Helen Klebesadel

Helen Klebesadel leads this five-day immersive workshop, where you can plan to learn or re-learn the basics of watercolor as well as experimental and wet-into-wet watercolor techniques in the beautiful retreat setting at Adamah.

Date & Time

Jul 14, 2024, 6:00 PM – Jul 19, 2024, 12:00 PM

Adamah Art Studios, 4681 Co Rd ZZ, Dodgeville, WI 53533, USA

About the Workshop

Join artist Helen Klebesadel for a watercolor workshop designed to encourage participants at all levels, from the absolute beginners to those with a lot of experience in watercolor who would enjoy a refresher in creative approaches to the medium.  Plan to learn or re-learn the basics of watercolor as well as experimental and wet-into-wet watercolor techniques in the beautiful retreat setting at Adamah. Gain an understanding of how to successfully use creative and technical approaches to watercolor painting and bring your unique creative voice to developing content that will keep you painting long after the workshop. This workshop does not require drawing skills. There is a complete list of suggested materials to bring below.

Artist Bio:

Helen Klebesadel is an artist, an educator, and an activist. Born and raised in rural Spring Green, Wisconsin, Helen maintains a studio in Madison, Wisconsin.  She is best known for her environmental and women centered watercolors.  She uses the creative process to think visually so she can use her creative process to help her understand the world.   She believes her artwork create narratives that re-examine and re-present existing power structures  so we can notice when they hurt humans and nature.

Helen’s watercolors push the traditional boundaries of the medium in scale, content, and technique. Ranging in size from the intimate to the monumental, her paintings are transparent watercolors on paper and canvas. She starts with detailed drawings and developing the images with layer upon layer of color washes and dry brush technique mixed with occasional areas of wet-into-wet spontaneity.

Klebesadel exhibits her work nationally and internationally, including having shown her watercolors in several American Embassies through the Arts in the Embassies Program. The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum presented her first solo museum exhibition in 1994.   The Copelouzos Family Art Museum in Athens, Greece acquired her work in 2020. Helen’s artwork is represented in the art collections of the American Council on Education, the Racine Art Museum, West Bend Mutual Insurance, Lawrence University, UW Hospitals and Clinics, Central Wisconsin Center,  the Dubuque Medical Clinic, the St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, Nebraska and numerous private collections. Several of her watercolors addressing environmental themes are also in the collections of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. as well as the University’s Trout Lake Research Station.

To learn more about Helen visit:

Suggested materials to bring:

  • Bring your favorite watercolor paints and colors, a basic set will be fine
  • A range of brushes
  • Two water containers (quart containers)
  • A white plate, enamel butchers tray, or watercolor palette
  • One bottle of Liquid Mask: Winsor Newton, Frisket, Misket, etc with your favorite applicators
  • Pencils and kneaded eraser
  • Paper Towels/ tissue/sponge

Optional Materials

  • Sketchbook/notebook
  • A small plastic spray bottle with adjustable nozzle
  • 4x6” absorbent sponge & a smaller ones
  • A rubber Cement Pick Up (office supply stores
  • A toothbrush you are willing to sacrifice to art
  • Any additional supplies you enjoy working with.
  • Waterproof ink and drawing pens
  • Small dishes or jars for mixing up larger amounts of paint


Helen will bring back-up materials of almost everything so do not panic if you cannot find something listed. Supplies for watercolor can be costly, but good quality materials help you achieve better results sooner because you are not fighting your art materials as you create your work.

Questions about the workshop? Email Helen at

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  • Single Occupancy

    Private single room with private bathroom, linens included. Meals are included.

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  • Multiple Occupancy

    Shared room with private bathroom, linens included. If you do not indicate a roommate or come with a houseguest, you will be assigned a roommate prior to arrival. Meals are included.

  • Commuter Rate

    The rate does not include lodging. Lunch will be provided daily. Additional meals are available for purchase. Please make arrangements in advance if you would like to add meals to your workshop.

  • Houseguest

    For anyone looking to join a workshop participant during their stay at Adamah without participating in a workshop. Meals and lodging are included. Come experience the beauty of Bethel Horizons property with over 7 miles of hiking and 5 miles of mountain biking trails. Relax and take in the breathtaking views and enjoy exploring Wisconsin's beautiful Driftless Area.




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