Moving Beyond the Basics

Date/Time: 3 Mondays: January 8-29, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
No Class January 15

Date/Time: 3 Mondays: February 5-26, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
No class February 19

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

Date/Time: 3 Mondays: January 8-29, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
No class January 15

Date/Time: 3 Mondays: February 5-26, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
No class February 19

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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Beaches in Watercolor

CLASS ID: 1S15 This class is full.
Date/Time: 2 Tuesdays, January 9 & 16, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Catherine Hearding
Do you want to leave winter behind for a bit and try your hand at painting some tropical subjects? We will work with sand/water interfaces, foam patterns and waves as they hit the beach, reflections in wet sand and the ever present figures on beaches. It should be a good antidote to the winter weather!

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Introduction to Watercolor

Date/Time: 2 Fridays, January 19 & 26, 1:00 PM – 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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Animals and Birds in Minnesota Winters

Date/Time: 2 Saturdays, January 20 & 27, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Judy Blain
Raccoons, foxes, and wolves – they all roam the landscape in winter, as do pheasants, turkeys, cardinals and other birds. They decorate the snowy landscape and add interest and color to your winter scenes. There will be many photos of all these subjects available and demonstrations will be at the beginning of each class. The first class will involve painting the birds and animals and the second class will place them into the landscape. Please bring 140# Arches cold-pressed paper on which to work.

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Watercolor Workshop with Andy Evansen

Date/Time: Monday-Wednesday, January 22-24, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Andy Evansen
There seems to be a never-ending quest for watercolor painters to ‘loosen up.’ However, to paint loosely, artists need to have confidence in their abilities and a willingness to let go of details; two things that are hard to achieve. This 3-day workshop will explore ways to simplify a scene into larger shapes to help students paint more boldly. Value studies are emphasized from the outset. Andy will complete at least one demonstration painting each day, covering topics such as drawing, skies, trees, buildings, water, and figures. By the end of the class, each student should have enough information to help them on their path to painting impressionistic watercolors.

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Celebrate Winter in Watercolor

Date/Time: 3 Tuesdays, February 6-20, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
*date correction from catalog

Judy Blain
Do you already know how to paint a scene in watercolor? Are you looking for a new challenge? Dusk arrives early in winter and lights from
houses and streets and cars often take on a glow as they reflect from the snow. Lots of photos will be available to paint from and I will demonstrate how to achieve this wet-into-wet effect. As we go through December we will go on to holiday subjects, such as lighted trees and presents under them, outdoor decorations, horse-drawn sleighs and more! We can even design a card in time for the holidays. The February classes will warm up with painting Florida and other warm, tropical landscapes. Each class will start with a demonstration and sometimes they pop up mid-class!

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Learning How to Paint Negative Space

Date/Time: 3 Wednesdays, February 21- March 7, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Catherine Hearding
Sometimes it’s the seeing part that is more difficult than the painting part. In watercolor, learning to use negative space is a requirement for producing a good painting. This class will help you to develop those “seeing” skills as we look at shapes and spaces instead of objects. Once you learn this way of seeing, painting becomes much simpler and more efficient. Come learn what it is all about.

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Adding Figures to Your Painting

Date/Time: 3 Tuesdays, February 20- March 6, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Catherine Hearding
Sometimes a landscape or cityscape calls for the addition of figures to make it come alive. This watercolor class will focus on adding figures to your composition. You will learn a drop-down method for painting the figures, how to place the figures in perspective space and how best to incorporate them into the painting to make them seem like they belong.

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Painting Antiques in Watercolor

Date/Time: 2 Saturdays, February 3 & 10, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Judy Blain
Use an assortment of antique dolls, dishes, fabrics, glassware, and all sorts of other items from the instructor and paint them in watercolor. You can also bring in your own photographs or antiques.

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