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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 Tara Sweeney has been creating award-winning watercolors for nearly forty years. She holds signature status in the MN Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Society. “Close to Home: Sketching a Minnesota Year,” is her debut collection of illustrated creative nonfiction. She was awarded a 2017 MN state arts board artist initiative grant to illustrate the picture book A to Zåäö, as artist-in-residence at the American Swedish Institute (University of MN Press publication, spring 2019.) She taught drawing and painting at Augsburg College for 25 years. She holds degrees in design and studio art from the University of WI and an MFA from MCAD.

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