Experimental Watercolor

Linking abstraction to reality can be simultaneously one of the most exhilarating, yet perplexing forms of expression. In this highly energetic workshop learn to abandon fears and truly embrace the experimentation of what water based mediums can do. You will discover the joy in relinquishing control through guided drawing and painting exercises that transition through modes of inspiration and thought process.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place onsite at Fleisher. Please review our COVID-19 community safety policies for current guidelines.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for winter term assistance is Wednesday, November 23; Notifications will be sent by Wednesday, December 7.

What you will learn:

  • Really explore alternative painting techniques

  • Get comfortable with working wet into wet

  • Take risks and experiment

  • Use composition and line to strengthen your drawings

Required supplies:

  • Paper towels or rags

  • Two or more water containers

  • Palette and/or mixing dishes

  • Palette knife

  • Natural sponge

  • Liquid masking fluid

  • Plastic spray bottle

  • Painters tape

  • Watercolor brushes: round tip – #4 and #10, 1-inch flat brush

  • Watercolor paper:  individual sheets or block 140 lb. cold pressed, any size is good (12×18 inch is a nice standard size)

  • Watercolor paint in tubes (colors will be discussed the first day of class): a few suggested brands – Winsor & Newton, Da Vincci, L’Aquarelle, Holbein, Daniele Smith Watercolors

  • Water soluble colored pencils and crayons (optional)

  • Waterproof black ink (optional)

  • Salt (optional)