Drawing & Painting

Watercolor Jumpstart

Instructor Lynne Baur
February 4th - March 11th, 2015

Have you always wanted to try watercolor, but been put off by its reputation for difficulty?  Did you try it and give up in frustration over streaky washes, muddy color, or overworked areas?  Watercolor can be tricky if you try to force it to behave, but it's a generous, magical medium if you are willing to accept its gifts.  The natural action of water, pigment, and paper produce a wealth of beautiful effects.  In this class we will break down the watercolor process into small steps so you can deal with one difficulty at a time.  We will first focus on gaining an understanding of the inherent behavior of the medium through practicing a variety of special watercolor techniques.  Then we'll learn how to incorporate these techniques into fresh, vibrant paintings infused with the magic of watercolor.  A recommended supply list and instructor contact information for questions will be provided to registrants prior to the course.  More information, sample class handouts and video examples of some of the class demos and exercises can be found at www.dragonflyspiritstudio.com/lesson-info/watercolor-jumpstart.

Six Wednesdays
Feb 4 - Mar 11
9 a.m. - noon
Fee: $195

Prayer/Meditation Mandala Mini Retreat

Instructor: Lynne Baur
Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Making a mandala (circular drawing or painting) has long been considered an act of devotion in many cultures all over the world.  Take a mini-retreat as you create a "visible prayer" active meditation in the form of a beautiful stained-glass effect mandala to use as a focus for your own prayer or meditation, or as a gift to comfort or uplift a friend.  We'll use a basic template and a simple watercolor technique you can learn in minutes.  You choose colors, symbols, and words to make it unique and personal.  If you life, you may bring picutres of a simple shape you wish to incorporate, and/or significant phrases, poems, or quotes you might want to add.  Because we work on watercolor board, your mandala can easily be displayed without framing.

No prior art experience needed - anyone can do this.  All materials will be provided.

Saturday, March 14
1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $45

Watercolor Skill-Builder 1

Instructor: Lynne Baur, ages 18+
April 1st - May 6th, 2015

Strengthen your technical and design skills in watercolor and take your painting to the next level.  This class is for beginning to intermediate students who have taken Watercolor Jumpstart or have enough prior experience with watercolor to paint independently on their own projects (even if they don't always turn out the way you'd hoped).  In each session, the instrcutor will demonstrate techniques and offer fun skill-building activities.  With one-on-one coaching, students will apply these skills to their own project(s) over the course of the class.  Topics will be adjusted according to the needs of the group and may include: how to plan and design paintings that speak from the heart, how to manage the painting process so you can take difficult steps one at a time and with confidence, how to evaluate and adjust work in progress; as well as technical issues such as reserving/recovering lights, color and color mixing, negative painting, suggesting textures such as hair, trees/foliage, etc., light, shadow and form, and how to rescue a painting from many common mistakes.  Bring your painting supplies and any still life items, sketches, photos, or other references you might wish to use to the first class meeting.  A suggested supply list may be requested upon registration.

Six Wednesdays
April 1 - May 6
9:00 - noon
fee: $195

Watercolor Rescue

Instructor: Lynne Baur, ages 18+
Saturday, April 4th, 2015

A lot of people think you only get one shot to get things right in a watercolor.  Not true.  There are many ways to make adjustment and fix mistakes in a watercolor.  In this workshop, which is for advanced beginners to advanced intermediate watercolor painters, participants will learn how to identify what's not working in a "failed" watercolor and how to rescue it.  They will also learn techniques for avoiding some common problems, so they won't have to rescue as many paintings in the future.  Bring your watercolor supplies and at least one watercolor painting you're not happy with and are willing to experiment on (if you absolutely hate it, even better).

Saturday, April 4
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $60

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