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We just completed our yearly Watercolor Portrait Class! These artists are just amazing me with their paintings. Every single one of them just keep improving with each year that goes by.

Laura Lyndsay3

Laura Lyndsay3

We began the class by studying and painting parts of portraits. We discussed what things on a face define the likeness of someone. Some practiced hands, too!

Leslie Vrchota

Leslie Vrchota

The next week, we discussed the general measurements of a head and the facial features. We learned to crop a photo and measure the format of our watercolor paper to be dimensionally correct to the reference. We then learned to grid each of them to help us get accurate proportions to our drawings and paintings.

Roxanne Yoquelet

Roxanne Yoquelet

Some artists included animal portraiture.

Kathy Smierciak

Kathy Smierciak

We discussed composition and where our center of interest could be located and cropped our photo appropriately. We talked about value and how we needed contrast. Some artists included figurative work.

John Kelty3

John Kelty3

We learned how to paint little people because we have a landscape class coming up and are thinking we might like to work toward including figures in our landscapes.

I was most impressed, however, with the night we explored creating a grunge background and then painted a portrait onto that background.

Any of the above paintings can be enlarged by clicking on them.

There are 62 works of art, right now, on the student Portrait page. You can access them by scrolling to the top of this post and clicking on Student Art: Watercolor Portrait 2015 or by clicking here.

Thank you, again, to all the artists who share their work here!


  1. Was told by a wonderful watercolour-ist friend I might consider taking a wc class…I’m feeling a bit inadequate. From the work displayed by your students…my friend is right. I need to sign up to a local wc class. Searching.
    Thank you for the inspiration. Thank you to all your students.

    • Oh my goodness! I have always admired what you create, by the way. Hope you can locate a group that really embraces the artist who is you. An instructor who appreciates individuality, teaches the basics and techniques and allows you to do the rest.
      I think our group is a little hard to find. It is part of the evening Continuing Education Program for adults titled Neighborhood Connection. They send out a pamphlet of classes twice a year and I think it sometimes gets confused with junk mail. Perhaps there is something like that in your area. I encourage my students to keep coming and try to find several new techniques to add to their bag of skills each year. They just keep improving. They all will be pleased to read your comment about them inspiring you! That’s a wonderful comment, Jots. Thank you!

  2. Each year your students amaze me with their talent. This year again, they are so good! Fantastic work.

  3. Their works are so amazing! I wish I can attend watercolor classes.

  4. Wonderful work. (K)

  5. So good – loved seeing their works!

  6. Thank you for sharing the delightful work of your students Leslie – it’s very obvious that they enjoy your classes and absorb all that you teach as their work is glowing testament to your accomplished teaching.

    • Thank you, June. This group is so much fun to be a part of and grow with!

    • Midwestern Plant Girl
    • Posted October 22, 2015 at 7:14 am
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    Very beautiful work & lots of talent! !

  7. Very impressive

  8. Your class is abundant with talent, each one if them is stunning, enjoyed every bit!

  9. Thank you for sharing your students artwork again Leslie!! They are all so amazing. Impressive.

  10. Nice paintings! I especially like the compositions that fill the page with the dogs’ heads.

    • Hi Al! Thank you for this. These artists impress me so. I like the “in your face” dogs, also.

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