Light and Shadow in Watercolor

4 Wednesdays, March 1-22, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Catherine Hearding

Working with both form and cast shadows, you will learn technique for creating shadows on objects and on surfaces. Focusing on basic concepts of value, intensity and color temperature, you will learn how to apply paint and find color solutions to create convincing shadows.

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Thursday Classes with Frank & Judy

Thursday mornings in March & April
Frank Zeller & Judy Blain

These continuing classes offer not one but two instructors – Frank Zeller and Judy Blain. Both will be in every class, but Frank will teach two sessions and Judy will teach two. Each will paint when the other teaches. That way you get input and critiques from both. It’s a win-win situation! Please register at least 2 weeks in advance for this class.

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Moving Beyond the Basics

Monday mornings in March – May
Lisa Fertig

Moving on from a beginning watercolor class, explore a little more challenging subject matter as you start to develop your own individual style of painting. This class is designed to create a sound foundation from which to build, with lesson plans to help enforce the principles and elements of design. Demonstrations with a wide range of subject matter will help you gain self-confidence.

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Beginning Watercolor

Monday afternoons in March – May
Lisa Fertig

Come and explore the wonder of watercolor by learning the fundamentals and techniques of this exciting medium. Basic class lessons will help you feel comfortable as you discover your journey using watercolors. Pay the instructor an optional material fee of $1 if you wish to keep the lesson plans.

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Intermediate to Advanced Watercolor

Tuesday mornings in March & April
Frank Zeller

This class alternates between formal lessons and independent work. When appropriate, each lesson includes a handout describing the steps and colors needed to finish the work. Critiques are given every Tuesday morning for completed works. Demonstrations are presented following the methods described in a handout, prior to independent work. Please register at least 2 weeks in advance for this class.

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Still Water and Reflections

4 Tuesdays, March 7-28, 6:30-9:00 PM
Catherine Hearding

Living in Minnesota, water necessarily plays an important part in any landscape that we paint. In this class, instruction will focus on still water and reflections. Using a three-step watercolor process, you will learn how to create believable reflections, while simplifying your landscape to basic shapes and values. You will learn how to leave out unnecessary detail and create a unified and dynamic painting. Elements of basic landscape design, palette selection, paint application, and expressive color will be discussed. Experience with watercolor required.

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Basic Color Theory: Take the Fear Out of Color

7 Wednesdays, March 29-May 17, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Catherine Hearding

This watercolor class will focus on how to mix clean, vibrant color. You will explore concepts of color value, intensity and temperature, color mixing and application of color. Move past the basics of color theory, explore structured color schemes and strengthen your color knowledge. This class will introduce you to strategies that will help you to use color with confidence and create paintings that have more visual impact.

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Painting Moving Water

5 Tuesdays, April 4-May 9, 6:30-9:00 PM
Catherine Hearding

In this watercolor class, you will learn how to paint water that is moving, including rivers and rocks, waves and waterfalls. You will learn to use the element of line to create movement, and a three-step process to bring your painting to a finish. You will learn how to use value studies as a way to plan out your painting. Concepts of value, intensity, and color temperature will be stressed as problem solving tools. Experience with watercolor required.

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Introduction to Watercolor

2 Fridays, April 7 & 14, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
Sylvia Benson

Finding success in working with watercolor includes learning the basics. Sylvia will describe in detail the materials used in watercolor paintings and how the water and pigment work together on the paper. The class also involves learning brush techniques, mixing colors, graying colors or knocking down the intensity, methods for producing textures, doing value studies, and discussing what makes a good composition. Use a viewfinder to choose an eye-catching composition that can be painted in a larger abstract version, illustrating high, medium, and low key value. Finally, we will find inspiration in the labyrinth outside where we’ll create a watercolor mandala. Curious? Join us to experience, enjoy, and relax while learning.

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Spring Flowers in Watercolor 

2 Fridays, April 14 & 21, 1:00-3:30 PM
Judy Blain

Bring on those early spring flowers, both wild and tame – crocus and trillium, daffodils and tulips, growing out in the woods and in your gardens. Perfect for watercolors, don’t you think? Bring your normal transparent watercolor supplies, and you might want some opaque paints as well. Get yourself a new pink or purple for the occasion, and add a new green to the mix. Bring Arches cold-pressed paper, and maybe a sheet of Yupo. Go onto Pinterest.com and see what photos you can bring. Judy will have photos as well. Demonstrations? Of course!

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