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Portable Watercolor: Plein Air Postcards taught by Tara Sweeney

June 5 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Register Now | $168

This class has filled-Thank You!  Please call the store to be added to the waiting list or to be notified about future classes 651-698-6431

Meets twice: Monday, June 5th and Wednesday June 7th from 10-4pm (pack a lunch)

Ever wish you could find a truly pocket-sized watercolor kit that is always with you when inspiration strikes? Even if you’ve never picked up a brush and pen this road-tested approach starts you on a creative journey with portable materials and a mindset to match. We’ll begin in the studio with some basics, and then head out to sketch on location. Instructor demos, expert tips, and a little practice will have you creating pint-sized keepsakes close to home or far away. Dress with the weather in mind, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring a sense of humor.


-Watercolor postcards (Strathmore makes a pack of 15)

-Good quality portable hard-pan watercolor set with minimum of 6 colors. (Schminke Horadam makes a 12 pan set that includes colors similar to those instructor uses to demo: quinicradone gold; hansa yellow; ultramarine blue; pthalo blue; napthol red; quinicradone rose.) It’s helpful if the watercolor set is postcard sized or smaller.

-Aquash water brush, large or similar

-Staedtler fine liner permanent black ink pen, 0.3

-1/4” artist tape (optional)

-squirt/spray bottle

-absorbent paper towels and a couple of Ziploc bags

-rubber band

-a pocket or purse to tuck supplies in

WetPaint_pocketjournal_headshotInstructor Bio:
Saint Paul artist and writer Tara Sweeney has been creating with pocket-sized watercolor supplies for nearly forty years. “Close to Home: Sketching a Minnesota Year,” is her debut collection of illustrated creative nonfiction featuring local people, places and things. She retires April 2017 after 25 years of teaching drawing and painting for Augsburg College where she designed and led 10 travel-sketching programs. You’ll find her sketching anywhere curiosity leads her.

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June 5
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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