A personal note from WAS-H about our virtual class offerings:

One of the silver linings to this pandemic is that it motivated us to expand our offerings to include virtual classes online. This allows us to reach a broader audience to participate in our watercolor workshops, keeping everyone safe while still enriching your time at home with the medium we love so much - watercolor and other water media. Being able to paint during these uneasy times is a blessing.

Our initial quality of technology is based on each teacher's set up right now, but like our television friends, we are learning as we go. We are talking with teachers about effective ways to view your paintings and provide feedback to you.

Information about Class registration

  • Members must log-in to register for classes and workshops.
  • Non-members pay an additional fee, see each class for specific fees.
  • If enrolling as a monitor, click HERE for a complete list of duties.
  • Click HERE to review our cancellation policy.

WAS-H Virtual Classes

    • June 10, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • July 29, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 14
    Registration is closed

    VIRTUAL - The Quarantine Sketchbook

    Ellen Orseck

    Wednesdays, June 10-July 29,

    10:00am-12:30pm Central Time

    $200

    Image:  Up Down Up

    Explore creating a sketchbook which documents the lives we lead in quarantine. Incorporate ways of adapting, coping and re-configuring the new normal.  Artists will be combining pen, ink and watercolor to capture the world around them in their homes, their families and their environments.  This eight-week on-line class is open to all levels.

    Note: Please note that registration will close two days before class. Please register early.

    Supply List & Recommended Reading

    Supply List for The Quarantine Sketchbook.docx

    Watercolor Art Society.docx


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    • June 22, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • July 13, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 14
    Registration is closed

    VIRTUAL - From Urban Sketchbook to Gallery

    Ed Pettitt

    Mondays
    June 22, 29, July 6, 13
    1:00 - 3:00 pm
    $100


    Whether you use your sketchbook for urban sketching, nature sketching, brainstorming, or doodling, this class will help you turn those sketches into gallery-quality paintings! This class is for all abilities - the objective is to advance you to YOUR highest potential, not anyone else's. If you're like me, you may look at your just-completed drawing or painting and have the nagging feeling it just isn’t right or that it's not as well-composed or balanced as it could be, but you're not sure what would make it better. This class will give you the tools to identify what's "off" in your sketches and how to make them better, as well as how to make strong drawings/paintings from the beginning. We will cover design dynamics, visual composition and balance, tonal value and contrast, color theory and mixing, as well as tips for still lifes, landscapes, and portraits. We will also go over the steps you need to take to submit your completed paintings to WASH and other gallery shows, as well as how to price and market your work.

    Note: Please note that registration will close June 22 at 10:00am Central Time. Please register early.

    Follow the at home Urban Sketching movement too: #uskathome



    Materials:

    Try to use what you already have at home. We will discuss supplies during the first class so don't worry if you're missing anything. The following are recommended:

    Watercolor set (artist grade tube paints preferred)

    Paintbrushes (flat and round, medium sizes or larger)

    Watercolor pad/paper (at least 8in by 10in or larger)


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    • June 23, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 11, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 17
    Registration is closed

    VIRTUAL - ABSTRACTION: ORGANIC & GEOMETRIC

    Ellen Orseck

    Eight Sessions

    Tuesdays, June 23 - Aug 11,

    4:00pm-6:30pm Central Time

    $200

    Image:  Aqua Vortex

    Play with various approaches to abstraction in water media.  This course will focus on alternative materials and different ways to utilize tools and surfaces.  Instead of exploring the visual depiction of reality, artists will work non-objectively with color, form, gesture and shape.  Inspiration may come from nature or man-made surfaces, but the practice of reduction, distillation and simplification will transform those images into an entirely different outcome. This eight-week-online-class is open to all levels.

    Note: Please note that registration will close June 23 at 10:00am. Please register early. 

    Supply List & Recommended Reading

    Supply List Abstraction.docx

    Suggested Readings Abstraction.docx

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    • July 10, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 28, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 21
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    VIRTUAL - From Selfie to The Painted Portrait Digital Portraits in The Modern World

    Ellen Orseck


    Eight Sessions

    Fridays, July 10 - Aug 28,

    1:00pm-3:30pm Central Time

    $200

    Image:  Seeing Green

    In the 21st Century, the concept of portraiture has been radically transformed.  Since the advent of selfies, we see faces differently. Whether you are interpreting a selfie to create a self-portrait or to fashion a portrait of another, the source material has been altered by the digital way we now communicate.  This eight-week on-line painting course is open to all levels.

    Note: Please note that registration will close July 9 at noon Central Time. Please register early.

    Supply List & Recommended Reading

    Supply List Selfie.docx

    Suggested Readings Selfie.docx

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    • July 11, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 14
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    VIRTUAL - Mixing and Mingling: Luminous Grays and Blacks for Animal Portraits

    Ksenia Annis

    Saturday, July 11
    10:00 - 11:30

    $30

    No black pigment is required to paint beautiful, varied grays and blacks with watercolor. And we won't even need a palette for this technique, all the mixing and mingling will happen directly on paper. We will be painting animals, but this technique can be applied to any subject and is a great tool in the arsenal of any watercolor artist. After a brief look at color theory and a couple short demos from the instructor, students will paint from provided photos with the instructor available to answer questions and give pointers.

    You can paint from your own photo or from the one in the class demo (a link will be provided to all registrants).

    Level: All levels

    Materials: You will need your usual watercolor painting supplies: watercolor paper (140 lb or 300 lb), paint, brushes, 2 water containers, paper towels, 2B pencil.

    Note: Please note that registration will close two days before class. Please register early.




    • August 06, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 27, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 29
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    VIRTUAL - Wet & Dry Charcoal Portrait

    Laura Spector

    Thursday afternoons 
    Aug 6, 13, 20, 27
    1:00 - 3:00 pm
     $100

    Explore a step-by-step process of building up a charcoal portrait from a photograph. Class will focus on separating light and shadow, building the architecture of form from short contour lines, and developing a likeness while making choices with how to layer, soften and sharpen edges. This class will begin with the use of brushing on liquid charcoal, which expedites the foundation of the portrait for a more complex and textured drawing.


    Note: Please note that registration will close August 6 at 10:00am Central Time. Please register early.

    Please click here for the supply list:

    Supply List and History - Charcoal.pdf



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