2022 COMPOSE: A Masterclass

ZOOM workshop

I am excited to share my 2022 Masterclass called COMPOSE with you online and to thus make it accessible wherever you may be. Lesson Plan Testimonials Purpose Long format masterclass suited for...

$773

Urban Sketching Summer Retreat

Madeline Island 978 Middle Road, La Pointe, WI

The Urban Sketching Summer Retreat is among MISA’S most popular offerings. The week provides a full immersion workshop experience at one of America’s most scenic seashores, where Madeline Island’s stunning landscapes and...

$1295

Deck of Textures

This event went live on Nov 12. Buy tickets now. Limited seating. https://www.umakelkar.com/shop/deck-of-textures/

$1100

Workshop in Provence, France

Fontaine de Vaucluse

Workshop Description: “Flow” Join Uma Kelkar for a wonderful week in Provence. Participants will learn how to employ just enough shapes, colors and stroked to achieve maximum impact. This is Uma’s definition...

$3,390

2023 COMPOSE: A Masterclass, Theme: Nocturnes

COMPOSE will take a different turn in 2023. While staying the course of rigorous study and research the scope of painting will specialize to nocturnes in traditional media. More emphasis...

Capturing Light, Mallorca, Spain

I am arranging a watercolor only workshop for intermediate painters. We will focus on Cityscapes for 2 days and Landscapes on 2 days. There will be a break in middle...

Backlit flowers

Darkening by mixing thick pigments is making my nocturnes lose the luminance that watercolors have. Ultimately I am coming to the conclusion that using pigments that are inherently dull and......

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Goals for 2022

Some years, my goals repeat. I often repeat them because I have not figured out how to execute them. Follow-through is not hard for my personality type if a step-by-step......

[Basics] Perspective 1

Drawing buildings from atop is challenging for some. Here are some pointers that can get one acclimatized sooner to drawing this top down view. Things that are farther from viewer......

Calendar 2022-2023

Sometimes, I think it makes sense to be able to compare the separate offerings side-by-side than study each offering individually before making up our minds. A clickable table wasn’t justifying,......

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Minnesota State Fair (WIP)

This blog post is work in progress since blogging long format takes time. MSF opened back up after a year of absence. And we were there on the first day......

Photos from Land of Lakes + Minneapolis

I am behind – there’s product review of some new pigments I got, writing about my experience at MISA. Photos for now....

Book Review 2: September 11, 2001

The name of the book I review today is, September 11 2001, Words and Pictures by Veronica Lawlor. Just like plein air painting which is done in the open,  graphic......

Visit to the George Floyd Square

This is a story of sketching at the George Floyd Square for 5 days and of reporting what I saw and heard. For the sake of understanding the point of......