Painting Forms in Nature with Watercolor (six-session workshop)

The beauty of natural forms has been a continual source of fascination and inspiration for artists. But how do you capture the fresh spontaneity of nature? This watercolor workshop will allow you to investigate nature’s creations using the highly expressive and versatile medium of watercolor. Discover essential techniques through instructor demonstrations, and practice painting from individual objects, still-life setups, and (weather permitting) the outdoors.

What you will learn in this workshop:

  • Improve vitality in your mark making and brushwork

  • Interpret the essential visual components of your subject

  • Gain confidence in working with wet art mediums

  • Explore organic approaches to composition

  • Expand your skill in mixing color and tonal values

Required supplies:

  • Rags and waterbucket

  • Small round soft brush (#6)

  • Medium round soft brush (#12)

  • 1″ flat brush

  • Quality watercolor paper, 140lb weight or heavier. Many people like using paper with a cold press finish. This can be either sheets or blocks minimum size 9”x12”.*

  • Sketchbook *

  • HB pencil and sharpener *

  • Eraser *

  • Good quality watercolor paint either in tube form or pan form (Winsor Newton, Van Gogh, Holbien, Sennilier are all good brands)

  • Have at least two shades of Blue, Red and Yellow plus a brown and Green. Recommended shades: Cobalt Blue, Phathalo Blue-green shade (Winsor Blue), Ultramarine Blue (permanent Blue), Cadmium Red , Bright rose, Quinacridone Red or Alizarin Crimson, Hansa Light or Auerolin Yellow, New Gamboge, Burnt Seinna (brown), Sap green, Phthalo Green or Viridian

  • Paint mixing tray (this can be part of your paint set)

  • Painters tape

  • Masking fluid (optional)

  • Sea sponge (optional)

  • Spray bottle (optional)

  • Color wheel *

  • Gray scale

  • Items marked with an asterisk are available for purchase in Fleisher’s school store. Members receive a 10-percent discount on art supply purchases.