​​​​​​​​​​Welcome to Tom's 2023 Ellison Bay Workshop!

Painting Fresh and Expressive Watercolors

Ellison Bay Community Center, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin

9:00am to 4:00pm daily with a one-hour break for lunch

Cost of Workshop:  $475

Combining his passion for painting with his ability to clearly explain visual concepts, Tom will share his approach and methods for painting watercolors that are colorful and dynamic.  Along with discussions and examples that cover a range of topics, Tom will do a complete painting demonstration each day. Subject matter may include water, landscapes, urban landscapes and the clothed figure.  Students will work from their own references as they are presented each day with new challenges intended to encourage exploration.  Ample opportunity is provided for everyone to paint with individual direction/guidance always a priority.  At the end of each indoor class day, a group critique will be scheduled to allow everyone the opportunity to learn from the works of others. Tom welcomes all painters, regardless of experience.

The workshop is held at the Ellison Bay Community Center.  The Center rests in a quiet bay near the shore.  It is perfectly equipped for our workshop.  We will paint in a large, well-lit classroom space with windows that look out to the bay.  There is a full kitchen and a spacious sitting room suitable for dining or comfortable relaxation.  Bathrooms are conveniently located adjacent to the classroom space.  Although this is a studio workshop, students always will have the opportunity to go outdoors to paint on the grounds or near the water.   

On Thursday evening, there will be a wine and cheese reception. 


​​The Parkside Inn, Ellison Bay.  www.parksideinndc.com   It is simple, clean and reasonably priced.  The Parkside is situated almost directly across the street from the workshop location.  To lodge anywhere else will require a longer daily commute.  There are no phones in the rooms.      

Note:  Because Ellison Bay is on the quieter, north end of the peninsula, it lacks some of the amenities to be found in most of the other villages.  There are more choices for dining and groceries in Sister Bay, but would involve a 5 mile commute from the workshop location. The Viking Grill was sold to new owners and is now the Blue Bear Ellison Bay.  The Mink River Basin Bar and Grill, also in Ellison Bay, is open for lunch and dinner.  The Shoreline restaurant is 5 miles north of Ellison Bay in Gills Rock, and serves very good dinners along with a lovely view of the harbor.

To secure your place in this workshop, please fill out the registration form and mail with your check to the address provided.  A materials list will be furnished upon receipt of deposit.
​​  Thank you.

                   Tom Francesconi aws, nws, twsa