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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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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Spring Flowers in Watercolor 

2 Fridays, April 21 & May 5, 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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Watercolor Orchids and Irises

2 Tuesdays, May 2 & 9, 9:30 AM-12:00 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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Thursday Watercolor with Judy

3 Thursdays, May 4-25, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Judy Blain

This continuing class with Judy Blain will alternate 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 week 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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Painting a Landscape in Watercolor

Tuesday, May 16, 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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Painting Trees in Watercolor

4 Tuesdays, May 16-June 13, 6:30-9:00 PM
Catherine Hearding

How do you paint a landscape when it is so green here in Minnesota? This watercolor class will focus on painting trees in different settings, including groups of trees, background trees, and close-ups. Students will learn how to use value, intensity, and color temperature to paint realistic looking trees and will learn how to mix a wide range of natural looking greens.

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