At the heart of World Watercolor Month is the goal to raise money for the International Child Art Foundation and support arts education and our future artists. In 2018, we started a new tradition inspired by my friend Angela Fehr, who generously donated a portion of her classes during the first two years, that we’ve called Artist Ambassadors.
For World Watercolor Month, these generous artists have donated their beautiful art for limited edition souvenir products where all proceeds go to ICAF and many have pledged to donate a portion of each purchased class, painting, and/or other products on their site to ICAF during the month of July! Click the links below to visit and support these wonderful, generous artists!
2023 Artist Ambassadors
Denise Soden has been captivated by both animals and art since before she can remember. She began drawing as soon as she could hold a crayon and spent much of her early professional life as a zoo educator. In 2015, she began exploring with watercolors and have been smitten with them ever since. She is now a full time watercolor artist and educational content creator. Her passion for wildlife and excitement for watercolor pigments have led me to teaching tens of thousands of students across YouTube, Skillshare, and in person.
Jean Lurssen likes to paint atmospheric watercolors, seldom using the local color of the landscape. She continually tries to stretch the boundaries of watercolor - experimenting with different ways to create textures. Her paintings are influenced by the shapes in nature and the beautiful surroundings of Northern California and by her previous experiences living in England, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. She teaches in-depth watercolor classes online as well as short YouTube demonstrations. "The luminosity of watercolors is what fascinates and draws me to this medium."
Rebecca Rhodes is a watercolor artist and teacher in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.Her goal is to empower, encourage, and equip - to help you learn to paint detailed, realistic subjects in watercolor so you can use these techniques to develop your own unique style! Before becoming a full-time artist, she enjoyed a 27-year career as a public school Music Educator. In 2015, she retired from teaching to focus on painting and founded the watercolor school in 2017. "I love to teach and hope that you find these courses enjoyable and helpful."
Ron Stocke is an award-winning watercolor artist and a regular contributor to, and has been a cover artist for Watercolor Artist Magazine as well as other publications. Teaching comprehensive workshops throughout North America and Europe, he also conducts demonstrations and lectures on various art materials and creating a safe, environmentally friendly studio. Ron holds Signature Membership with the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Northwest Watercolor Society, is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, and a member of the American Impressionist Society.
Sandra Strait is a self-taught artist, who dances about with watercolor and gouache and whatever else catches her fancy. The subjects and styles of her work are many and change at whim. She posts reviews and tutorials on Doodlewash®. “I’m a little bit crazy, but doesn’t that come with being an artist?”