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Beginning Watercolor class ended this week, too.

Jane Coffee

Jane Coffee

The first week included an explanation of supplies and how they were to be used. We practiced wet-in -wet, wet on dry and drybrush applications. We talked about how to create darks and that a solid color is always more beautiful if more than one color is allowed to mix on the paper rather than the palette. We discussed allowing the water to do the work and become our partner.

Megan Mills2

Megan Mills2

The second class was devoted to learning the color wheel and the basic color combinations. I taught them how to crop and then grid a photo reference and their watercolor format for the difficult perspective paintings.

Marilyn Bultemeyer4

Marilyn Bultemeyer4

The third week we talked about different ways to render trees. I introduced and demonstrated the use of liquid friskit, salt, saran wrap, scumbling, Pointillism, sponging and using a rigger for tiny branches.

"Kat" Franke4

“Kat” Franke4

Dawn Amstutz

Dawn Amstutz

The fourth week we talked about buildings, their perspective, how they are put together with shapes and to look for their cast shadows and how the foliage may fit around them.

Betty Bercot5

Betty Bercot5

The fifth week was devoted to learning to paint “little” people to insert into our landscape paintings.

On the last night of class, I introduced the “Elegant Writer” Calligraphy pen and how it could be used with watercolor.

If you would like to view other examples of their work click here or scroll to the top of the page and click on the Student Art: Beginning Watercolor spring 2016 page.

Thank you to all the students who participated and shared their artwork here.







  1. Wow, it’s hard to believe some of these paintings are coming from beginners! Beautiful work, Leslie!

    • Thank you, Laura. This is where it all begins. This group works hard each week with techniques and imagery. I think they accomplished tons in 6 weeks.

  2. Hi Leslie, Another amazing group of students and paintings. Well done!!!!

    • Thank you, so much, for continuing to comment on these student posts, Carol. This was a great group and I hope to see them all back in the fall for portrait class.

  3. Talent is already evident, despite them being beginners. Leslie, it must be very satisfying when you can so clearly see your tuition being put to such good use. Well done all in this class!

    • Oh, thank you, so much for commenting on their work, June. This class is way too short for all I throw at this group. They did so well and accomplished so much.

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