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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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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Digging Deep Inside

Tuesday-Thursday, August 15-17, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Calvin deRuyter

In this Watermedia/Mixed Media workshop, we will explore how to translate your emotions and channel that energy into your work. Some of the instruction will be based on various concepts of “Expressive Drawing”–how that can translate to your beginning point, or into your finished artwork. We will explore the expressive nature of line, shape, color, and texture and how you might use them to communicate your message to your viewers and collectors through your finished artwork. All experience levels are welcome, but come prepared to really stretch your artistic vision in an attempt to move beyond your current thinking.

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