Painting Philadelphia’s Waterways (five-day immersive workshop)

Painting water in a landscape setting can be challenging but the medium of watercolor is particularly well suited for the effort. Through a series of planned exercises, we will endeavor to build a set of appropriate skills. The immersive workshop will meet at a variety of water sites in the Philadelphia area. The emphasis of the class will be on learning to observe, planning your work with intention and developing a facility for preparing and applying watercolor paints. The learning methodology will emphasize progress through instruction and practice exercises, self and group evaluation and sharing experiences.

Please note this is an in-person, off site course that will take place in various locations throughout the Philadelphia region. The instructor will communicate the locations with students via email before the start of the workshop. We will practice social distancing during class.

What you will learn:

  • Observe the subject

  • Set goals and plan your work

  • Develop techniques specific to watercolor painting

  • Evaluate your work critically

Required supplies:

  • Drawing pencils and eraser

  • Notebook or sketchbook with watercolor paper

  • Watercolor paper in block form (preferred), minimum 140# or thicker

  • Watercolor paints in tubes or pans (with replaceable cakes)

  • Palette tray for mixing paint

  • Paintbrushes suitable for watercolor (flat 1”, flat ½”, rounds and others)