A personal note from WAS-H about our virtual class offerings:

One of the silver linings to this pandemic is that it motivated us to expand our offerings to include virtual classes online. This allows us to reach a broader audience to participate in our watercolor workshops, keeping everyone safe while still enriching your time at home with the medium we love so much - watercolor and other water media. Being able to paint during these uneasy times is a blessing.

Our initial quality of technology is based on each teacher's set up right now, but like our television friends, we are learning as we go. We are talking with teachers about effective ways to view your paintings and provide feedback to you.

Information about Class registration

  • Members must log-in to register for classes and workshops.
  • Non-members pay an additional fee, see each class for specific fees.
  • If enrolling as a monitor, click HERE for a complete list of duties.
  • Click HERE to review our cancellation policy.

WAS-H Virtual Classes

    • June 10, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • July 29, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 14
    Registration is closed

    VIRTUAL - The Quarantine Sketchbook

    Ellen Orseck

    Wednesdays, June 10-July 29,

    10:00am-12:30pm Central Time


    Image:  Up Down Up

    Explore creating a sketchbook which documents the lives we lead in quarantine. Incorporate ways of adapting, coping and re-configuring the new normal.  Artists will be combining pen, ink and watercolor to capture the world around them in their homes, their families and their environments.  This eight-week on-line class is open to all levels.

    Note: Please note that registration will close two days before class. Please register early.

    Supply List & Recommended Reading

    Supply List for The Quarantine Sketchbook.docx

    Watercolor Art Society.docx

    • June 22, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • July 13, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 14
    Registration is closed

    VIRTUAL - From Urban Sketchbook to Gallery

    Ed Pettitt

    June 22, 29, July 6, 13
    1:00 - 3:00 pm

    Whether you use your sketchbook for urban sketching, nature sketching, brainstorming, or doodling, this class will help you turn those sketches into gallery-quality paintings! This class is for all abilities - the objective is to advance you to YOUR highest potential, not anyone else's. If you're like me, you may look at your just-completed drawing or painting and have the nagging feeling it just isn’t right or that it's not as well-composed or balanced as it could be, but you're not sure what would make it better. This class will give you the tools to identify what's "off" in your sketches and how to make them better, as well as how to make strong drawings/paintings from the beginning. We will cover design dynamics, visual composition and balance, tonal value and contrast, color theory and mixing, as well as tips for still lifes, landscapes, and portraits. We will also go over the steps you need to take to submit your completed paintings to WASH and other gallery shows, as well as how to price and market your work.

    Note: Please note that registration will close June 22 at 10:00am Central Time. Please register early.

    Follow the at home Urban Sketching movement too: #uskathome


    Try to use what you already have at home. We will discuss supplies during the first class so don't worry if you're missing anything. The following are recommended:

    Watercolor set (artist grade tube paints preferred)

    Paintbrushes (flat and round, medium sizes or larger)

    Watercolor pad/paper (at least 8in by 10in or larger)

    • June 23, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 11, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 17
    Registration is closed


    Ellen Orseck

    Eight Sessions

    Tuesdays, June 23 - Aug 11,

    4:00pm-6:30pm Central Time


    Image:  Aqua Vortex

    Play with various approaches to abstraction in water media.  This course will focus on alternative materials and different ways to utilize tools and surfaces.  Instead of exploring the visual depiction of reality, artists will work non-objectively with color, form, gesture and shape.  Inspiration may come from nature or man-made surfaces, but the practice of reduction, distillation and simplification will transform those images into an entirely different outcome. This eight-week-online-class is open to all levels.

    Note: Please note that registration will close June 23 at 10:00am. Please register early. 

    Supply List & Recommended Reading

    Supply List Abstraction.docx

    Suggested Readings Abstraction.docx

    • July 10, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 28, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 14
    Registration is closed

    VIRTUAL - From Selfie to The Painted Portrait Digital Portraits in The Modern World

    Ellen Orseck

    Eight Sessions

    Fridays, July 10 - Aug 28,

    1:00pm-3:30pm Central Time


    Image:  Seeing Green

    In the 21st Century, the concept of portraiture has been radically transformed.  Since the advent of selfies, we see faces differently. Whether you are interpreting a selfie to create a self-portrait or to fashion a portrait of another, the source material has been altered by the digital way we now communicate.  This eight-week on-line painting course is open to all levels.

    Note: Please note that registration will close July 9 at noon Central Time. Please register early.

    Supply List & Recommended Reading

    Supply List Selfie.docx

    Suggested Readings Selfie.docx

    • August 05, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 26, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 12

    VIRTUAL - Learn the Ancient Style of Chinese Brush Painting Techniques

    Peihong Endris

    Aug 5, 12, 19, 26
    1:00 - 3:30 pm

    The Gong-bi style developed during the Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD), when great prosperity enabled advancements in the arts. Gong-bi required intense commitment to technique, and the resulting work was sought after by wealthy royal familiesTogether, we will study this ancient technique with its focus on delicacy, precision, detail, and patience.

    Note: Please note that registration will close August 3 at Noon Central Time. Please register early.

    Supply list:

    1. Two sheets of 20”x15” boards as wooden or Plastic Corrugated (Michael’s care Plastic Corrugated sheet 20” x 30”, to make two sheets)

    2. A roll an inch masking tape or Blue tape.

    3. One 2.5 or 3 inch flat soft bristles as sheep hair brushes.  2 small combination brushes as surrounded with white sheep hair and inner with brown hard briskets. Two fine tip brushes for detailed lines work.  

    4. A box of Chinese Marie's color(https://www.jerrysartarama.com/maries-chinese-watercolor-painting-set)

    5. In this section we use non absorbency rice paper; you will need 2-5 sheet of Shimming size Shuen paper 26” x 54” (nonabsorbent rice paper) or Cicada Wing paper( on  orientalartsupply.com the shimmer size Shuen paper called P14BP and Cicada wing Size Shuen called P14C. On Amazon called megrez+shu+xuan+paper https://www.amazon.com/Watercolor-Practice-Japanese-Calligraphy-Thickening/dp/B07Q8TMD4S/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=megrez%2Bshu%2Bxuan%2Bpaper&qid=1591646576&sr=8-3&th=1&psc=1)

    6. A bottle of Sumi-e ink

    7. Couple of porcelain dishes as your old dish or any kind of tray for mixing colors.  A roll of paper towel. 

    8. a wash jar or container.

    • August 06, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 27, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 27

    VIRTUAL - Wet & Dry Charcoal Portrait

    Laura Spector

    Thursday afternoons 
    Aug 6, 13, 20, 27
    1:00 - 3:00 pm

    Explore a step-by-step process of building up a charcoal portrait from a photograph. Class will focus on separating light and shadow, building the architecture of form from short contour lines, and developing a likeness while making choices with how to layer, soften and sharpen edges. This class will begin with the use of brushing on liquid charcoal, which expedites the foundation of the portrait for a more complex and textured drawing.

    Note: Please note that registration will close August 6 at 10:00am Central Time. Please register early.

    Please click here for the supply list:

    Supply List and History - Charcoal.pdf

    • August 10, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 37

    VIRTUAL - Intro to Nonrepresentational Painting/Collage in Acrylic
    Susan Giannantonio

    August 10

    1:00-4:00pm Central


    Image: Release

    This class will first explore and apply some important design rules.  Secondly we will put those aside (mostly) and have a blast!  Plan for a very busy afternoon. If you’ve always wanted to play with your paints and see what comes out the other end of your brush, join us. It is an exciting way to paint.

    1. Creating Strong Design
    2. Elements/Textures
      1. Making elements
      2. Interesting tools, marks
    3. Begin to let go and have fun!

    Note: Please note that registration will close August 8 at noon central time. Please register early.

    More details:  www.susangiannantonio.com

    Supply List

    12 to 15 sheets watercolor paper or canvas approx. 9 x 12”

    Newsprint, printer paper and/or tissue paper.  Newsprint may have print on it.

    1 to 2” CHEAP hardware brush or paintbrush that will become partially ruined with mat medium

    At least 5 favorite colors acrylic paint.  You may work with acrylics of any kind (inks, fluid, heavy body, etc.)

    White gesso or white acrylic  paint

    Mat Medium (any brand)

    Palette, Styrofoam plates, plastic disposable pan, etc. for paint

    Spray water bottle

    Magazines, sales flyers, catalogues to cut up

    Index cards or Card stock cut to index card size


    Water bucket

    Terry towels or paper towels


    Markers, inktense pencils, caran d’ache, oil pastels, any medium you’d like to experiment with  

    If you haven’t painted/collaged with acrylics before, you might want to cover your work space and wear clothing so you can a little get messy. That’s part of the fun. 


    • August 15, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 9

    VIRTUAL - Start Sketching Faces: an introduction to proportions, structure and color

    Ksenia Annis

    Saturday, Aug 15
    10:00 - 11:30


    Human beings are one of the most popular and fun subjects in art, but a lot of artists struggle when working on faces. Sketching faces is not hard with a good understanding of some basic principles. In this class we will talk about some methods of quickly capturing the basic structure of the human face. We'll discuss each individual feature, and review the general principles of showing light and shadow on a face and adding skin and hair color within the time limits of a quick sketch. Students will be given some exercises to practice after the class with instructor available via email to answer questions and give feedback.

    Note: Please note that registration will close Aug 13 at Noon Central Time. Please register early.

    Level: All levels

    Materials: Your favorite sketching supplies, like sketchbook, pencils, markers, watercolor paper and watercolors, color pencils etc.

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