Watercolor Basics: 4-Session Workshop

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Your instructor, Martina Sestakova, will introduce you to a famous piece of art and guide you through a fun exercise to practice painting in watercolors. This is not a series of copying classes. We will use an artist’s interpretation of a topic as a starting point for your own individual interpretation. We will cover the basics of composition, sketching, brushwork, and watercolor techniques (e.g., wet on wet and wet on dry). At the end of this course, you will be able to look at a painting, analyze it, and create your own piece. No experience is needed; basic watercolor supplies required.


CLASS 1: Henri Matisse’s Landscape

Focus: wet on dry technique, brushwork


CLASS 2: Pablo Picasso’s Still Life

Focus: wet on wet technique, layering


CLASS 3: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Landscape

Focus: wet on wet technique, shadowing


CLASS 4: Paul Cezanne’s Still Life

Focus: wet on dry and wet on wet techniques, layering



A pad of watercolor paper (e.g., 140lbs, 30 sheets)

Watercolor brushes (a variety)

Cup for water

Paper towels




If you have purchased materials, please click HERE to schedule an appointment to pick up your materials after registration.

Instruction will be provided through the Zoom platform. Students will need to have a webcam and the ability to download zoom on their computer, phone, or tablet. Once you register for the class, you will be sent an e-mail with the Zoom URL before the class to use to log in to the class. Please provide a correct and viable e-mail address when registering as this is how you receive your link.


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