"A work of art that did not begin in emotion, is not art." -Paul Cezanne on the process of creating art.

Takes students beyond basic proficiency in techniques, materials, and craftsmanship. Heavy focus on structuring, composing, and editing down visual information from photographs, student sketches, and live scenes. Also begins preparing students to start developing their own painting style.

Student must have basic skills in drawing and watercolor.  Student applicants who have not taken Watercolor 1 can request a pre-requisite assessment.

Dates, Times, and Locations for Fall 2023

Duration: 10 weeks. Ten 3-hour class sessions (Watercolor 2 is not offered for Spring 2023 semester. Resumes in Fall 2023.)
Maximum students per class: 4 to 8. (Depends on location of classes)
Ages: 13-year-old through adult
Pre-requisites: Watercolor 1, or evidence of basic proficiency in drawing and watercolor
Course cost: $575+materials

Dates and time: Fall 2023 TBD
Location: TBD
Maximum of 4-8 students

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to develop intermediate-level watercolor painters who have an advanced understanding of the paints, brushes, papers, palette choice, application techniques, and a basic sense of composition and editing of visual information.

What To Expect As A Result Of Taking This Course

  • To understand and effectively use materials and techniques common in watercolor
  • To properly see and skeptically analyze what you think you are seeing
  • To effectively represent tonal values to convincingly depict atmospheric perspective
  • Homework and practice exercises will be assigned each week (5+ hours weekly)
  • To learn intermediate concepts in composition and organizing the elements of a painting
  • To advance your skills in editing down and cropping out unnecessary visual information
  • To properly place distant figures (people/animals) in a scene that benefit the composition
  • Develop more skill in handling wet-n-wet techniques
  • To exhibit an intermediate understanding of color theory
  • To be able to select colors for a painting through palette harmony
  • To draft convincing watercolor paintings (scenes) in aerial and linear perspective:
    • Learn to manipulate tone to depict visual separation and object volume
    • Use tone, line, texture, contrast, and composition to direct eye-flow in drawings
    • Learn skills to control the center of interest
  • To depict all weather conditions (skies) found in nature
  • To effectively depict all bodies of water and their reflections (lakes, streams, puddles, ocean, and waterfalls)
  • To learn to personally source material; live, on-line, and from photographs