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Joel Popadics teaches Watercolor Techniques, Landscape, Portrait, Seascape and Still Life for adults, Wednesday evenings 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, and Thursday daytime 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.

He teaches Watercolor and Drawing for Young People, Basic Techniques, Landscape and Still Life, Monday afternoons, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm.

He also teaches Watercolor painting, an adult education class in cooperation with the Ridgewood Community School.

Please visit Joel's Class Page for Supply Lists and Recommended Books.

He can be contacted by email at or
(973) 851-0366.

Joel Popadics

Joel Popadics has been a drawing and watercolor instructor for over thirty years. He teaches the principles of traditional painting and the importance of capturing light, mood and atmosphere in our work. Watercolor has been called “the master’s medium,” but Joel’s teaching style and encouraging manner makes the process clear and enjoyable. All levels of ability are welcome in his classes and instruction is on an individual basis. Every week he gives a brief watercolor demonstration for the group.

He has been an advocate of watercolor and has dedicated his career to the advancement and appreciation of the medium. He is Vice-President of the prestigious American Watercolor Society (AWS) and a Past-President of the New Jersey Water Color Society. Among his honors are "The Grumbacher Gold Medal" from the California Watercolor Association and "The Silver Medal of Honor" from the NJWCS. He has been featured many times in AMERICAN ARTIST, THE ARTIST'S MAGAZINE, WATERCOLOR ARTIST, and WATERCOLOR MAGIC MAGAZINES.

Additionally, Joel conducts workshops across the country. He has been an “Artist-in Residence” at Shelburne Farms, Vermont and leads an annual weeklong summer workshop in conjunction with the Shelburne Craft School. He has been a guest lecturer at Parsons School of Design and an adjunct professor at The King's College in NYC.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts, he was hired as an assistant to one of his professors, James McMullan, a prominent illustrator and theater poster artist. McMullan, a gifted watercolorist and generous teacher, strongly influenced Joel’s approach to watercolor. He later studied landscape and portrait painting with John Phillip Osborne and Arthur F. Maynard.

Joel has had numerous one-man shows and his work has appeared in exhibitions at the National Academy, the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport and other prominent venues. He is represented by some of the finest galleries in the country and his paintings are in exclusive private and public collections.

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By Joel Popadics

“View of Great Head Trail”

22” x 28"