Moving Beyond the Basics

Monday mornings in June – August
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 June – August
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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Introduction to Watercolor

2 Wednesdays, June 21 & 28, 12:30-3:30 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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3-Day Watercolor Workshop

Friday-Sunday, June 23-25, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Frank Zeller

This 3-day watercolor workshop will focus on a variety of approaches to loosen up in applying watercolor to paper. Each morning and afternoon, there will be a different lesson. The goal of this experience is to bombard the student with as many loosen-up exercises as possible within a three day period. Paintings that are started in class can be finished at home (optional) and brought in the next day for a critique. Each lesson will be demonstrated by the instructor and step-by-step handouts will be given. This workshop is meant for the experienced watercolor painter.

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Painting a Landscape in Watercolor

Tuesday, July 11, 6:00-9:00 PM
Lisa Fertig

Paint a beautiful landscape. Learn to use watercolor in fun and exciting ways! This motivating class is great for beginners with watercolor experience as well as artists who are continuing to develop their personal style.

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Sumi-e: Summer Splendor

Saturday, July 15, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Susan Frame

Summer brings splendiferous flowers to Minnesota. Learn to paint Minnesota’s state flower (Showy Lady Slipper) and Morning Glories in the sumi-e way, using ink watercolor, rice paper, and bamboo brushes. In this class you will learn and refine your skills in a non-intimidating and fun environment. You’ll also receive lots of encouragement as you develop your own personal approach. Class includes demonstration and open painting time. Beginners through advanced artists are welcome – watercolorists and other painters will also find this useful. Bring photos of showy lady slippers and morning glories for inspiration. $20 supply fee payable to instructor. Please see supply list for additional items you will need. Bring a lunch.

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Watercolor Orchids and Irises

2 Wednesdays, July 19 & 26, 1:00-3:30 PM
Sylvia Benson

Orchids and irises are both flowers with wonderful shapes and delightful buds that make a beautiful flower composition. You will have dozens of photos to choose from for your paintings. Complementary colors, values, and textures will enhance the paintings. There will be demonstrations in all aspects of painting the colorful orchids and shapely iris, as well as individual instruction and evaluation.

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Summer Flowers in Gorgeous Colors

3 Fridays, July 21-August 4, 1:00-3:30 PM
Judy Blain

Now that summer is in full bloom, it’s time to open your palettes, add some new pinks, reds, and greens and paint some of the lovely flowers growing here in Minnesota. Google some of your favorite flowers and print them out or visit some nurseries and your neighbor’s gardens and take close-ups of flowers. I will demonstrate the approach I want you to try at the beginning of each class, and any special details this subject requires. Bring your own supplies.

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Painting from the Garden

5 Mondays, July 31-August 28, 1:00-3:30 PM
Catherine Hearding

Using the seasonal flowers from our gardens as inspiration, we will paint from life in the studio. You will learn how to use concepts of value, color temperature, and intensity contrast to create dynamic florals. Class topics will include composing your painting, creating contrast, negative space, mixing colors, and developing efficient brushwork.

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Masking and Pouring Watercolors

5 Tuesdays, August 1-29, 6:30-9:00 PM
Catherine Hearding

Learn how to mask and pour an entire watercolor painting and watch colors flow and blend in an exciting and different way to paint. This is a great way to learn how to let go and watch the paints do the work. You will learn a four-step value process to mask and pour a painting with minimal use of the brush. Class topics also include value studies and color solutions. Results are always exciting and you will learn a lot about values and color mixing in the process.

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