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Foundations of Watercolor with Janet Schaus (July)

July 10 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Level: Beginning / Intermediate
Instructor: Janet Schaus
July 10 – 31 (4 Wednesdays)
5:30 – 8:30 pm
$165 CAE member / $182 non-member
Minimum 5 / Maximum 15


This class will explore the fundamentals of painting with watercolor.  Whether it is your first venture into this beautiful medium or you want to expand on what you know, we will explore basic techniques and aesthetics unique to watercolor paints.  We will also cover composition, values, and color theory.  This interactive class will include demonstrations with personalized instruction as you paint.  We will begin painting from still life and organic objects that will be provided, expanding into painting from your own photo references.  This class will set you up to be confident in painting and exploring with watercolor.  Hopefully, it will spark a lifetime devotion to this ancient and variable medium.

Students provide their own supplies for this class. Recommended supply list is below:

  • Cold-pressed watercolor paper, any brand.  Size 7″ x 10″ or 9″ x 12″ block (pad) I prefer Arches paper blocks.
  • Round Brushes – #4 or #6 Round and #8 or #10 Round – preferably sable.
  • Flat Brush – 1″-1.5″ flat brush and (optional) flat bristle brush.
  • Paint Palette – metal, ceramic, or plastic folding palette.
  • Watercolor paints (Your choice of brand – I prefer Winsor & Newton).  Tubes are preferred, pans are also fine.
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Burnt Umber
    • Raw Sienna
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Lemon yellow
    • Cadmium yellow
    • Cadmium Red
    • Cerulean Blue
    • Cobalt Blue
    • Ultramarine blue
    • Paynes Grey
  • Pencil and Eraser
  • Glass Jar/Container for water
  • Spray Bottle
  • Towel/paper towel


July 10
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Center for the Arts Evergreen
31880 Rocky Village Drive
Evergreen, CO 80439 United States
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