Meet Our Instructors: Uma Kelkar

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      Uma Kelkar

      Years watercolor painting: 8+

    • Multiple national and international juried shows
    • Professional watercolor solo shows
    • Author of a book on sketching
    • Work Included in a Portraiture book and Urban Sketching book by Virginia Hein
    • Curator of professional gallery shows
    • Administrator of 1800+ member watercolor
      painting group on Flickr
    • Multiple award winner for plein air + watercolor

Experiences that Uma credits with shaping her as an instructor in an ongoing way:

    1. Teaching has taught her that pleasing everyone is not possible. The best outcome is when you can break down a problem into bite sizes and teach them with confidence. Bite size exercises can feel too easy, but the class work at the end of a string of exercises reflects higher quality precisely because of bite size exercises.
    2. Leading a sketch walk (with iPad) at the Apple store in Union Square, San Francisco, allowed her to prove what she believes in – that design concepts can easily cross boundaries of media.
    3. An electrical engineer by education, she believes her lack of formal art education actually is an asset, as she is unhindered by set ideas and methods of approaching a fine-arts problem.


WS 17: Gray Matter: Using gray to tie two contrasting colors in two washes for lively and quick sketching


Many Colors/Two Washes by Uma Kelkar



Few Colors/Two Washes by Uma Kelkar

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