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Watercolor Sketching: Make It A Habit! taught by Tara Sweeney

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October 14, 2020 @ 9:30 am 11:00 am CDT

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4 Wednesday Zoom sessions, October 14, 21, 28, November 4th  9:30-11am CST  and 3 weeks of M-F sketching prompts and instructor feedback in Google classroom.

Fee: $216  

How many times have you promised to keep a daily sketchbook, made a great start, then lost momentum? You’re not alone. Sketching is fun. and a wonderful way to develop original ideas and individual style. But a sketching habit is tough to establish alone. Count on: playful prompts for inspiration, expert examples and tips for sketching, group support for goal-setting and structure.

List of three weeks’ prompts supplied before first session. Share results and Q&A with a creative community of online sketchers. See results, address challenges, get feedback and support from peers and instructor in weekly Zoom session. There are  helpful questions for reflection each week in advance of the Zoom session. M-F self-pace with daily demos, examples, support materials and private feedback from instructor in Google Classroom. After three weeks, sketching will be a habit you look forward to every day.

Minimum weekly time commitment: 1.5 hour live session Wednesdays + M-F 30 minutes per day sketching and 30 minutes per day to review support materials and post results in Google Classroom.

Small class size. All levels welcome!


Materials List:

– good quality watercolor sketchbook. These come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Choose what feels right for you. Instructor demonstrates on 8.5×11 paper. Loose sheets with mounting surface or watercolor block also work.

professional quality watercolors, tubes or hard pans, with a couple of good-sized mixing wells–minimum of 6 colors. Instructor will demonstrate with a split primary limited palette.

one or more good quality watercolor round brushes, optimal size depends on paper size but in the range of #8-10 is a good bet

– rinsing containers

permanent black ink pen

– 2B drawing pencil

– kneaded eraser

paper towels or a small clean household sponge

– optional: other water-soluble media you have on hand

Participants need a strong internet connection and a device with video capability (webcam on your computer so the instructor can see you and your art.)

Instructor Bio:
Saint Paul teaching artist, illustrator and author Tara Sweeney has been creating award-winning watercolors for nearly forty years. TPT2’s MN Original showcased her collaborative work https://www.tpt.org/post/artist-tara-sweeney/ on the MN Book Award finalist picture book A to Zåäö, funded by a 2017 MN State Arts Board grant and published by University of MN Press (December 2019). The original illustrations will be on view in conjunction with the exhibit the book inspired–extra/ordinary–at the American Swedish Institute until January 2021. She is professor emeritus with Augsburg University where she taught drawing and painting for 25 years. She earned undergraduate degrees in design and studio art from the University of WI, and an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is a signature member of the MN Watercolor and National Watercolor Societies. tarasweeneyart.com @tarasweeneyart on Instagram.


October 14
9:30 am – 11:00 am CDT
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