John Salminen has been conducting workshops for many years, all around the country – from California to New York and from Rhode Island to Florida. He enjoys working with artists at all levels of experience and expertise. He currently offers two workshops one entitled “Abstraction Through Design” and the other “Realism Through Design”. His workshops include demonstrations, critiques and lots of individual help. Artists are encouraged to expand upon their current levels of understanding and become more comfortable applying the principles and elements of design to their work.

“As a participant in John Salminen’s workshop, I will probably never approach my subject matter in the same way again. I believe my appreciation of John’s teaching was shared by everyone who was able to attend. I know that if I ever have the opportunity, I would sacrifice much to attend another John Salminen workshop.”
-participant in the Northern Plains Watercolor Society Workshop

“Thank you for a most incredible week of growing pains. I feel that your teaching pulled and pushed my creativity, molded and shaped my painting techniques, cracked open and helped to free a confidence in my painting that I didn’t have before.”
-Part of a letter from Susan Donohoe, The Villages FL, printed with her permission


Dillman’s Art Workshop Retreats, Dillman’s Resort, WI

Date Location Workshop Contact
February 18 – February 22, 2018 The Village Art Workshop, Florida Realism Through Design Bev Hennessy (352) 753-1383


April 9-13, 2018 Minnesota WC Soc Realism Through Design Clare Ritter (612) 618-7274

May 8-11, 2018 Louisiana Watercolor Society, New Orleans Realism Through Design Susan Henning
May 15 – 18, 2018 Southern Watercolor Society, Bradenton FL Realism Through Design Kathy Simon McDonald  (631)-413-0370

June 4 – 8, 2018 Transparent WC Soc.

Kenosha, WI

Realism Through Design  Vickie Kwasny (262) 484-1261

June 11 – 15, 2018 Transparent WC Soc.

Kenosha WI

Abstraction Through Design  Vickie Kwasny (262) 484-1261

July 30 – August 3, 2018 Alaska Watercolor Society

Anchorage, AK

Realism Through Design Jean Watson

August 13 – 17, 2018 San Diego Watercolor Society Abstraction Through Design  Dee Ruark  (619) 876-4550

September 10-14, 2018 Baltimore WC Society Columbia, MD Realism Through Design Sabine Yeager (410) 774-4212

April 30 – May 4, 2019 New Mexico WS, Albuquerque, NM TBD  Barbara McGuire
 May 20-24, 2019 Virginia Watercolor Society, Lorton VA Abstraction Through Design  Kate Niner  (703) 768-1352

 June 17-20, 2019 Dillman’s Art Workshop Retreats, Dillman’s Resort

Lac du Flambeau, WI

Realism Through Design 715-588-3143