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Upcoming Classes and Workshops

    • February 03, 2020
    • February 24, 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 9
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    INTRODUCTION TO URBAN WATERCOLOR SKETCHING  with Ed Pettitt

    Monday evenings
    February 3, 10, 17, 24
    6:00 - 9:00 pm
    $150

    Urban sketching is a form of reportage: drawings or paintings created on-site, as a spontaneous response to people, places or incidents. It is the act of placing oneself in a space, attempting to capture and interpret a particular moment in time. Though one can use any medium for urban sketching, pencil and ink drawings colored with watercolor are most common. In this class, we will discuss the history and methodology of urban watercolor sketching, examine different approaches and styles (such as postcard sketching, travel sketching, reportage sketching, mixed media, and Japanese etegami) and create our own urban watercolor sketches. This class is beginner friendly - all ages and skill levels are welcome!

    Click here for student testimonials.

    Supplies Needed: 

    Pack of 4" x 6" Watercolor Postcards (any brand)
    Mixed Media/Watercolor Sketchbook, 5.5" x 8.5" or smaller, any style
    Pencils (any)
    Eraser (any)
    Pens or fineliners with waterproof ink (e.g. Uniball Vision Micro pen or Micron fineliners)
    Watercolor palette/paints (any brand/quality, smaller travel/pocket size preferred)
    Brush(es) (small to medium, sizes 2-6, preferred)
    Small ruler
    Paper towels/cloth
    Optional: folding stool/chair for plein air, smartphone or digital camera for photographs 

    The instructor will have some gently used supplies for sale at the first class, if needed. For more information please email edpettitt@gmail.com 


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    • February 04, 2020
    • February 25, 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    TAKING THE FIRST STEPS TO PAINTING WITH WATERCOLORS - Robin Avery

    Tuesday mornings

    February 4, 11, 18, 25

    9:30 am-12:30 pm    $155

    Level: Beginner

    Do you want to learn to paint with watercolors? This will be a beginners class of four half days. You will learn about paints and their properties, types of brushes and their uses, and the different kinds of paper. You will also be introduced to the various painting techniques. We wiil  touch on as many components as there is time, such as value, composition, and the language of design. We will start out slow and build each week to a clearer and more fun path to painting.  The fee includes a $5 fee for class supplies for the first few classes while everyone is deciding what paper and brushes you like.

    robinavery47@gmail.com, 713-410-1075

    Supply List:  
    (you may wait till after the first class to purchase supplies)

    • Plastic Watercolor Palette with a lid
    • Natural sponge
    • Gray watercolor pencil
    • yardstick
    • kneaded eraser
    • Paper towels
    • Brushes -- fewer good brushes is a better idea than lots of inexpensive brushes. There are many good brands. I prefer Stephen Quiller brushes but use others too. I will let you try out many of mine for you to decide from the first class.
      • #10 round   # 6 round
      • 1 to 2 inch flat wash brush
    • Paper -- Good paper is important. Buy smaller sized paper to start out with. A block of paper will keep you from having to stretch your paper. Arches, Fabriano are good brands. Most people buy cold press 140 weight.  Remember Art Supply on Main gives Wash members a discount and Hobby Lobby's 40% coupon is good for buying Fabriano paper or kneaded erasers etc.
    • Paint -- Less good paint is better than lots of student grade paint. Student grade has a lot of filler in it. Ask for the professional grade paint.  This list includes one warm and one cool paint in each of the three primary colors.  These are needed for successful color mixing.
      • Cool Yellow: Winsor Yellow or Aureolin Yellow
      • Warm Yellow: New Gamboge
      • Cool Red: Permanent Rose or Rose Madder
      • Warm Red: Cadmium Red or Winsor Red
      • Warm Blue: Ultramarine Blue
      • Cool Blue:   Cobalt blue

    _______________ To be added later______________________________

    • Burnt Sienna (Winsor Newton brand)
    • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
    • Winsor Green & Winsor Blue......(Pthalo Blue & Pthalo Green)
    • Graflix Incredible Art Board from Amazon....used as a support and to stretch paper.....
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    • February 11, 2020
    • March 03, 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 3
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    DESIGN CHECKLIST - Carla Gauthier

    Tuesday afternoons 

    1:00pm-4:00pm 

    February 11, 18, 25, March 3

    $150

    Every painter has a different idea of WHAT they would like to paint, and HOW they might like to paint it......but exactly how do you create art that flows visually from one painting to the next? How do you create a cohesive body of work, so that your art has a unique voice? Let's explore what it takes to make art you really love by tailoring a "checklist" of operations that covers everything from subject matter and format to design, palette, and level of finish. Included in your checklist will be techniques that ensure you stay on a track that is sure to help you create a more individual body of artwork. We will be doing work individually online even before class starts, creating and adjusting your checklist as we work on individual paintings in class. This is more of a coaching class, which would work for more advanced students. 


    carla.gauthier@yahoo.com,  281-384-2473     www.carlagauthier.com  

    Supplies:
    Just bring your regular supplies like your palette, tubes of paint, brushes and good quality paper, pencil, eraser, sponges and paper towels, and maybe masking fluid, masking tape.

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    • February 22, 2020
    • February 23, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    CREATING RICH TEXTURES IN TRANSPARENT WATERCOLOR

    Monika Pate

    Saturday and Sunday

    February 22 & 23

    9:30 - 3:30        $100

    Level: All

    The main focus of this workshop will be creating the rich textures of rusty objects, weathered wood, etc. We will explore a variety of techniques to create a realistic watercolor painting. The instructor will explain how to approach the variety of shapes, textures, and colors of the subject and how to create a strong contrast and depth in the painting.  Reference materials, detailed information, and supply list will be provided to all the registered participants at least 2 weeks prior to the workshop.  Students are also welcome to work from their own materials if they prefer. All levels. Please email Monika at map352@gmail.com with any questions.      


    Click here for the supply list.


    • February 29, 2020
    • March 01, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 5
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    PORTRAITS OF ANIMALS -

    Joanie Hughes

    Saturday, and Sunday

    February 29- March 1 

    9:30 - 3:30        $100

     Animals are uninhibited and provide us with easily captured poses. 

    Using photographs, we will capture the emotion that animals convey through their expressive eyes and gestures. 

    Suitable for all levels.  

    Contact Joanie at 713-426-6767 or at joan-hughes@comcast.net. Visit her website here.

    Click here for the supply list: Animal Portrait Supply List.docx


    • March 03, 2020
    • March 31, 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 8
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    CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING -

    THE FLOWER DETAILED

    Peihong Endris

    Tuesday mornings

    Mar 3, 17, 24, 31

    9:30 am - 12:30 pm 

    $150  

    Level: All

    Chinese brush painting provides a wonderful opportunity to closely observe nature. One of the important factors contributing to the evolution of the distinctive style of traditional Chinese painting has been the close relationship between the materials used and their influence on artistic forms and techniques. In this class you will learn concepts of Chinese ink art and explore brush painting techniques through the beautiful and elegant magnolias. Each technique will be hands-on and with step-by-step instruction. All levels welcome! Contact the instructor at peihong1512@gmail.com or 713-206-3668 for more information and a supply list.

    Cost: $150 / $190 non-members
    Non-members: Save money! Sign up to be a WAS-H Member and get additional member benefits. Click here to sign up.




    • March 14, 2020
    • March 15, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    PAINTING AT DUSK

    Carla Gauthier, carla.gauthier@yahoo.com, 281-384-2473, (website).  

    Saturday & Sunday,  March 14-15      9:30-3:30       $100

    The light at DUSK has a certain kind of magic - the energy, color, depth is an inspiration. Sunset skies, shadowed midgrounds, and streetlight glow all factor in. Let's take that inspiration along with some color recipes and a certain order of operations to make the last light of day sparkle on your paper.

    We will work on group projects and then approach individual work on what we have learned. 

    Intermediate to Advanced students

    Just bring your regular supplies like your palette, tubes of paint, brushes and good quality paper, pencil, eraser, sponges and paper towels, and maybe masking fluid, masking tape.

    • March 22, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • WASH - 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 10
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     PLAYING WITH YOUR PAINTS ~ What's In Your Tube? Part II

    Beth Graham  

    Sunday, March 22 

    9:30 am-3:30 pm  $50

    If you attended the What's In Your Tube workshops, you know that you were given homework to play with your paints. This workshop is in response to requests to structure those activities.

    This one day workshop  is a day all about playing with our paints -- and discovering how they will glaze, mix, mingle, etc.   Bring your paints and work through several recommended exercises that will help you explore at stations for hands-on experience. You will leave with color charts, triad charts, green recipes, glaze charts, and more! 4x6' paper sheets will be provided, but you may wish to use larger pieces of paper. Bring what you think will give you more options if you wish.

    Beth Graham, Education Director

    Please bring these supplies: paper, brushes, water container, paper towels, your watercolor paints, and your palette.  

    Bring a sack lunch and a sweater or light jacket (in case the room temp is cool).

    • March 24, 2020
    • April 14, 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    PAINTING LIGHT and SHADOW -Carla Gauthier

    Tuesday afternoons 

    March 24, 31, April 7, 14

    1:00-4:00 pm

    $150

    Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Whatever your subject, learn to paint it in a way that emanates warmth and sparkles with light. We will cover information about edges, color, intensity, and ways to link shadows from one object to another in our work. We will also learn to paint the different kinds of shadows -- those that create a three-dimensional look, and those that are cast shadows, both necessary to achieve the illusion of light.

    carla.gauthier@yahoo.com, 281-384-2473    www.carlagauthier.com

    Just bring your regular supplies like your palette, tubes of paint, brushes and good quality paper, pencil, eraser, sponges and paper towels, and maybe masking fluid, masking tape.

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    • March 28, 2020
    • March 29, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    INCORPORATING GLASS AND CRYSTAL OBJECTS IN A STILL LIFE 

    Monika Pate

    Saturday and Sunday

    March 28 & 29

    9:30 - 3:30        $100

    Level: All

    Join Monika Pate to explore how to paint realistic glass/crystal objects in watercolor using the layering technique. The instructor will explain how to approach the variety of shapes, colors, values, and textures of the subject. She will also provide step-by-step demonstrations and present variety of techniques to create realistic watercolor paintings. Students will also receive individual attention. Reference materials, detailed information, and supply list  will be provided to all of the registered participants at least 2 weeks prior to the workshop. Students are also welcome to work from their own materials if they prefer. All levels. Please email Monika at map352@gmail.com with any questions.  All levels.    

    Click here for the supply list.


    • April 02, 2020
    • April 23, 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 15
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    PORTRAIT PAINTING - Prof. Mohammad Ali Bhatti

    Thursday afternoons

    1:00-4:00 pm 

    April 2, 9, 16, 23    $150

    Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    This class is designed to learn basic techniques of portraits painting in watercolor medium. Class demos will help you to learn portrait painting skills, construction of human head, tonality, and color values. Portrait painting itself is a fun for many reasons; it is thrilling and exciting as well as challenging when painting in watercolor medium.  

    Supply List

    Graphite Pencils:     HB, 2B (preferable)

    Watercolor brushes(# 02 to #06 -- natural squirrel hair )

    Watercolor paint of your choice and palette 

    140 lb Arches watercolor paper, ¼ sheet size paper, or 12x16" block

    Lightweight drawing board

    Eraser, masking tape, sharpener

    Paper towels

    Note: Bring good quality close up photos/prints (6x6 inches) of your own choice for painting. You may also use free website for photos. www.pixabay.com

    artistmohdali@yahoo.com     281-818-6893      Click here to visit his website.

    • April 04, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    BEGINNING WATERCOLOR ACADEMY  
    Beginner Composition and Design Principles
      with Linda Southern Vanek

    Saturday Afternoon, April 4

    12:00pm-5:00pm.    $50

    This class is #4 in a series of five stand-alone, but sequential classes for beginners to watercolor, held once a month on Saturday or Sunday afternoons. It is for beginners only.

    Discover the secrets of master artists as we learn how strong composition and creativity sets great artwork apart from ordinary paintings!   Learn how the elements of design contribute to a strong composition, and help creativity to flow.  Bring your own photos or drawings to see how to make them into more dynamic paintings.

    Contact: Linda Vanek  linda@lindasouthern.com

    281-496-7293

    Supply List:

    sketchbook, palette, tubes of paint, brushes, good quality paper, pencil, eraser, sponges and paper towels, board to support paper, masking tape.

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    • April 07, 2020
    • April 28, 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 3
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    TAKING THE NEXT STEPS TO PAINTING WITH WATERCOLORS - Robin Avery

    Tuesday mornings,

    April 7, 14, 21, 28

    9:30am-12:30pm.    

    $150

    We’ve learned some basics, and now we are ready to express ourselves on paper with glorious paints and perky brushes!   This is part two for those students who have basic knowledge of paint, brushes, paper, and techniques, as well as basic understanding of value.  We will focus on composing successful paintings while still learning basic painting skills.

    This is a beginner to intermediate class.
    robinavery47@gmail.com, 713-410-1075

      

    Supply List:

    • 6B pencil
    • tracing paper 
    • Plastic Watercolor Palette with a lid
    • Natural sponge
    • Paper towels
    • Gray watercolor pencil
    • yardstick
    • kneaded eraser
    • Brushes -- fewer good brushes is a better idea than lots of inexpensive brushes. There are many good brands. I prefer Stephen Quiller brushes but use others too. I will let you try out many of mine for you to decide from the first class.
      • #10 round   # 6 round
      • 1 to 2 inch flat wash brush
    • Paper -- Good paper is important. Buy smaller sized paper to start out with. A block of paper will keep you from having to stretch your paper. Arches, Fabriano are good brands. Most people buy cold press 140 weight.  Remember Art Supply on Main gives Wash members a discount and Hobby Lobby's 40% coupon is good for buying Fabriano paper or kneaded erasers etc.
    • Paint -- Less good paint is better than lots of student grade paint. Student grade has a lot of filler in it.  This list includes one warm and one cool paint in each of the three primary colors.  These are needed for successful color mixing.
      • Yellow: Winsor Yellow or Aureolin Yellow
      •             New Gamboge
      • Red: Permanent Rose or Rose Madder
      •          Cadmium Red or Winsor Red
      • Blue: Ultramarine Blue
      •           Cobalt blue

    _______________ To be added later______________________________

    • Burnt Sienna (winsor newton brand)
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Winsor Green and winsor blue......or Thalo blue  Thalo Green
    • Graflix Incredible Art Board from Amazon....used as a support and to stretch paper.....
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    • April 18, 2020
    • April 19, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 18
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    NON-REPRESENTATIONAL ABSTRACT WITH WATERCOLOR & COLLAGE - Susan Giannantonio

    Saturday and Sunday
    April 18-19

    9:30 am-3:30 pm     $100

    Bring your sense of adventure as we review design principals and apply them to mixed-media painting.  Bring your papers, ephemera, a mix of mediums, and prepare to have a weekend of playful exuberance!  Why not try acrylics on canvas just for fun? (optional) See my website for details:  www.susangiannantonio.com

    lucholiz@gmail.com281-347-9043,  www.susangiannantonio.com
    More info at
    susanteachespainting.blogspot.com 


    • April 25, 2020
    • April 26, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 12
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    CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING:

    THE COLORFUL PEONY

    Peihong Endris

    Saturday and Sunday

    April 25 & 26    

    9:30 - 3:30        $100

    Level: All

    In China, the Peony was known as the "king of all Flowers," and it is the epitome of nobility. You will learn that the magnificent peony, through simplicity of brushwork, depicts ideas and a unique perspective expressed on oriental rice paper.  Each technique is demonstrated by the instructor. Students receive individual attention adapted to their particular skill level and interests. All levels.

    Supply List

    1. Brushes: a small combination brush, a large combination brush. a large hard bristle brush, a small hard bristle brush (it's brown color on the bristle), a fine pointed brush.

    2. Paper: any kind of absorbent rice paper as a pad or a roll or sheets

    3. a box of Marie's Chinese watercolor 12 or 18 tubes

    4. a bottle of Sumi-e ink

    5. a painting mat

    6. couple of palettes

    7. two paper weights as rocks, a roll of paper towel

    8. a wash jar or a small container


    • April 28, 2020
    • May 19, 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    PHOTOGRAPH TO PAINTING

    Carla Gauthier

    Tuesday afternoons 

    April 28, May 5, 12, 19

    1:00-4:00 pm

    $150

    Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Whether you fancy yourself a professional photographer, or you just have a handful of snapshots that inspire you to paint, photos are resources that can push our art forward. Learn to take steps to identify the best shapes, arrange them in a few pleasing compositions, work on a value sketches to improve visual flow and finally choose color schemes to give your art mood and personality.

    We will do this multiple times, in class, and paint as "homework". A final critique will help us celebrate the new approaches we have taken and the resulting paintings. To get the most out of this class there will be extra time involved to get "homework" done, please take note! This class is good for intermediate to advanced levels.

    carla.gauthier@yahoo.com, 281-384-2473    www.carlagauthier.com

    Just bring your regular supplies like your palette, tubes of paint, brushes and good quality paper, pencil, eraser, sponges and paper towels, and maybe masking fluid, masking tape.

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    • May 02, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0

    BEGINNING WATERCOLOR ACADEMY - 
    Order of Operations
     

    Carla Gauthier

    Saturday Afternoon

    May 2, 2020

    12:00pm-5:00pm.    

    $50

    This is class #5 in our popular Beginning Watercolor Academy- five stand-alone, but sequential classes for beginners to watercolor, held once a month on Saturday or Sunday afternoons.

    ***Note: This class is for beginners.  It is NOT for students who have already taken a class with Carla. Please save those spots for the beginners taking this series.***

    Award-winning artist Carla Gauthier will conclude our five-part series with a lesson on how to go from an inspiration to a painting. How to break down the subject matter into manageable parts, painting in sequential layers, from soft edges to harder details. This class will give you the confidence to get out and paint on your own.

    Contact: carla.gauthier@yahoo.com,  281-384-2473     www.carlagauthier.com
      

    Just bring regular supplies like your sketchbook, palette, tubes of paint, brushes and good quality paper, pencil, eraser, sponges and paper towels, and maybe masking fluid, masking tape.

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    • May 05, 2020
    • May 26, 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 6
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    CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING -

    8 UNIQUE TECHNIQUES: Salt, Liquid soap, Alum, Floating rice paper,  Leaf print, Wood rubbing, Alum, & Gum Arabic

    Peihong Endris

    Tuesday mornings

    May 5, 12, 19, 26

    9:30 am - 12:30 pm 

    $150  

    Level: All

    Chinese brush painting provides a wonderful opportunity to closely observe nature. One key element of this distinctive style is the influence the materials have on form and technique. Each technique will be introduced with hands-on, step by step instruction. This class we will focus on 8 unique Chinese brush painting techniques.

    Cost: $150 / $190 non-members
    Non-members: Save money! Sign up to be a WAS-H Member and get additional member benefits. Click here to sign up.

    Supply list

    Brushes; Two fine tip brush for lines work, two small combination brushes(white bristles surrounded with brown bristles in inner), a large combination brush.

    Paper: Shimmer paper or Extra Thin Cicada Wing paper (2 sheets of 54"x 27")

    A box of Marie’s watercolor, 12 or 18 tubes

    A bottle of Sumi-e ink or Chinese ink.

    A soft pencil, a painting mat, four paper weights such as rocks, a roll of paper towels, a foam board 18 x 24", a couple of 18 x 24" drawing papers.

    A wash jar or a small container, couple of porcelain dishes for mixing colors.



    • May 16, 2020
    • May 17, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 5
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    PEN & INK and    WATERCOLOR

    Joanie Hughes

    Saturday, and Sunday

    May 16-17 

    9:30 - 3:30        $100

     This medium has endless possibilities with a variety of themes. Techniques and painting concepts will be stressed in successful mid-size and small paintings. Learn about the different tools for pen & ink. You will learn how to create delightful paintings with pen, ink, and watercolor.  Great for sketchbook travel.  

    Suitable for all levels.  

    Contact Joanie at 713-426-6767 or at joan-hughes@comcast.net. Visit her website here.

    PEN, INK AND WATERCOLOR SUPPLY LIST ~ Joanie Hughes

    Mix media paper pad 9X12, 90 to 140 lb
    One 22X30 hot press watercolor paper
    Tracing pad
    Small ruler
    Lead pencil
    Watercolor pencils - yellow, red, and blue
    Micron Pen #2,# 5, #8
    Ultra fine  Sharpie
    Regular watercolor palette -  Yellow, red, and blue watercolor paint if you
    do not have a palette,
    Medium and small round brush
    ONLY AFTER THE FIRST CLASS
    If interested in using a dip pen it’s best to wait until after samples and variety of pen holders, nibs, and India Inks are introduced to you.


    • May 30, 2020
    • May 31, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 20
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    WATER AND BOATS IN WATERCOLOR -- Les McDonald


    Saturday & Sunday, May 30-31, 9:30am-3:30pm.    $100

    Painting water can be challenging. This two-day watercolor workshop is designed to teach proficiency and control for painting water and landscape.

    Design elements will be taught as well as how to work from photographic reference. Methods for incorporating elements of realism will be addressed and demonstrated. Daily demonstrations with step-by-step explanations of the concepts and technique will be provided. There will be lots of one-on-one help. Within the workshop each person’s goal will be addressed so they may achieve their objectives.

    This is the photo we will be working from.  

    All levels. 

    les@lesmcdonald.com, 713-977-4729.  www.lesmcdonald.com

    Click here for Supply List

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