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I just finished teaching our fall session of Beginning Watercolor.

Kay Byerley4

Lizzy Smith3

The first thing we worked on was learning wet-in-wet, wet on dry and dry-brushing strokes. We practiced brushstrokes and painted a back-lit scene for our first assignment.

Lizzy Smith

Carole Smith2

We talked about ways to create texture and foliage and trees. We also discussed greens and adding other colors to them.

Jennifer Howey3

Kay Byerley3

We discussed ways to create skies, clouds and that similar washes could be used to create water.  Each student created a large sky or a large foreground painting.

Carole Smith4

We talked about how to paint buildings and learned to grid reference photo and size our format and grid it. This helped us to get the perspective correct on the buildings.

Jennifer Howey

The fifth week we talked about color combinations and specific colors that fell in either the light, medium or dark tonal ranges.

Carole Smith5

We finished by learning how to paint little people into our landscapes.

Thank you to all students who shared their paintings here. If you would like to see all their paintings click here. You can also scroll to the top of the page and click on Student Art: Beginning Watercolor.



  2. So pretty paintings!!

    • Carol Spallone
    • Posted December 8, 2017 at 12:19 pm
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    Wow, this is such motivational support.  Thank you Leslie.Carol

  3. Very interesting. You cover so much in each class and your student’s work shows that they soak in what you cover. Nice work…

  4. Well, you certainly teach a lot in your classes. It’s hard to believe that these students are all beginners – they are all very talented and should be proud of what they have achieved.

  5. Looove those Aspens.
    They’re just gorgeous.
    You, too…
    God bless your indelible soul.

  6. It’s been a while since I stopped by to see what you were working on, it’s never a disappointment, your work is an incredible joy and inspiration, thank you for all that share with the community.

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