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Watercolor Basics: Treasured Objects with Tara Sweeney

May 25, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Register Now | $168

2 Thursdays (This class meets twice): May 25 and June 8th  from 10am-5pm

Fee: $168

You know that special object you found, received or inherited?

Bring one or more to this beginning watercolor class and practice the basics of seeing, drawing, and painting. You’ll practice looking for edges, shapes, light and shadow. You’ll use contour line drawing, a value study, basic watercolor techniques, and split primary color mixing to create an original work of art to celebrate your favorite things.


-1-3 treasured objects to use as your subject -no bigger than what could fit in 2 hands.

-9×12 watercolor paper and mounting surface, or watercolor BLOCK, 140# cold press

-PROFESSIONAL QUALITY split primary watercolor palette of at least 6 pigments + paynes gray and white gouache.

Instructor will be demonstrating with M. Graham pigments:  quinacridone gold; hansa yellow; naphthol red; quinacridone rose; phthalocyanine blue; ultramarine blue; paynes gray

-tray palette for mixing

-3/8 inch artist tape

-2B pencil

-kneaded eraser

-synthetic round watercolor brush, #10

-Silver Black Velvet Jumbo round mop brush, small or similar mop

-3 rinsing containers – 8oz size is fine

-water bottle – 8oz or 16oz is fine

Wet Paint provides: 9×12 sheet of tracing paper; 9×12 sheet of graphite transfer paper; paper towels water containers

WetPaint_pocketjournal_headshotInstructor Bio:

Saint Paul teaching artist and writer Tara Sweeney has been creating with watercolor and ink for nearly forty years. “Close to Home: Sketching a Minnesota Year,” is her debut collection of illustrated creative nonfiction featuring her favorite everyday people, places and things. She and her son, Nate Christopherson have been awarded a 2017 MN state arts board artist initiative grant to illustrate “A to Zåäö,” a series of 29 objects from the American Swedish Institute’s historic collection, each one representing a letter of the Swedish alphabet. She retires April 2017 after 25 years of teaching drawing and painting at Augsburg College.

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May 25, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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