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Meditative Geometric Watercolor Series: #4 Circles taught by Jinjer Markley

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October 5 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm CDT


Register for individual classes

All levels- students 12 and up are welcome in this class

Give yourself a little dose of creative joy and meditative focus with this Geometric Art class. 

Each class in the series will include hints on where to look for inspiration, technical advice on how to use tools to create precise designs, and a packet of design templates if you’d rather just trace and color. When math is necessary, you will get resources that do the math for you, if you prefer.  Additionally, in each class, you’ll learn an easy meditative doodle to help you calm and center yourself any time, anywhere. Since we’ll be working in watercolor, you’ll also get tips for successfully working with watercolor paint.


In this class, we’ll use a compass to create precise designs inspired by geometry, mandalas, and patterns from around the world. We’ll also learn a method for transferring designs to watercolor paper, and how to paint with precision.

  • Supplies: 
    • A compass that adjusts size with a dial, such as this one.
    • Scrap cardboard or matboard
    • Watercolor paper (block, pad or loose sheets) in your preferred size
    • Artists tape
    • Sturdy board  about 1 inch larger than watercolor paper on all sides that can be pierced, such as
      • Flat cardboard (such as the backs of watercolor pads)
      • Mat board
    • Watercolor paint of any kind
    • Tracing paper
    • Hard or medium Pencil (ex: 1-4H  or 1-2 HB) this includes ordinary school pencils
    • Soft pencil (ex: 6B)
    • Watercolor brush–round, angled, oval or flat size 6 -10 
    • Optional, but helpful: Lightbox

This class is being offered using the Zoom online platform. Before registering, make sure your device meets the minimum requirements; view minimum requirements here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux.

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CLASS #5 OVALS October 19

In this class, we will learn a satisfying hands-on method for drawing perfect ovals in a custom size, and use them to create a beautiful frame. We’ll learn how to stretch watercolor paper–and when you might want to!

  • Supplies: 
    • 2 pushpins
    • Cardboard or corkboard for pushing pins into
    • Sturdy, non-stretchy, heavy thread, such as embroidery thread. Do not substitute yarn.
    • Pencil
    • Ruler
    • Watercolor paper
    • Small round brush–size 3-5
    • Watercolor of any kind
    • Exacto knife, or similar, plus a suitable cutting surface.
    • Gum tape
    • Tray, bin or very clean baking pan that is a little larger than your watercolor paper 
    • Waterproof board a little larger than your paper, such as
      • Polystyrene Board
      • Gatorboard
      • Plexiglas
      • Lexan
      • Marine Ply

Optional, but helpful: Lightbox


In this class, we’ll learn a simple  but fascinating mathematical illusion that will open up a world of design possibilities: parabolic curves. We’ll also learn strategies for successfully creating watercolor paintings with lots of layers.

  • Supplies: 
    • Tracing paper
    • Hard or medium Pencil (ex: 1-4H  or 1-2 HB) this includes ordinary school pencils
    • Soft pencil (ex: 6B)
    • ruler
    • Watercolor brush–round, angled, oval or flat size 6 -10
    • Watercolor paint of any kind
    • Watercolor paper (block, pad or loose sheets) in your preferred size
    • Optional, but helpful: Lightbox