Watercolor Classes & Workshops

Sherri Bails Watercolor class

Beginning Watercolor

Federal Way Parks and Recreation

Wednesdays 1— 3pm

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Beginning Watercolor

Peninsula Metropolitan Parks in Gig Harbor

Tuesdays 10— 12pm

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Continuing Watercolor

Two Classes on Mondays :
Pen Met Parks in Gig Harbor

Mondays 10—12pm
Mondays 1—3pm

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Advanced Watercolor

At Pen Met Parks in Gig Harbor

Thursdays 10—12:00pm

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A list of subjects taught at workshops:

  1. Design
    • Learn about a focal point
    • Learn to prepare a “plan” (a value sketch)
    • Learn to design positive and negative shapes
    • Learn to incorporate design elements: size, shape, color, direction, line, and texture
    • Learn about design principles of dominance, variety, unity
  2. Barns
    • Learn the basics of painting barns, sheds, and old buildings
  3. Landscapes 
    • Learn how to paint landscape basics—ground, grasses, trees, skies, and mountains
    • Learn how to paint the clouds
  4. Boats 
    • Learn to paint rowboats and fishing boats
  5. Color Theory: using your own subjects 
    • Design with triads
    • Work with values: black, white,and gray
    • The grays of colors
    • Learn to use and balance warm and cool colors
  6. Flowers
    • Learn to paint garden views (winding paths, rows of flowers, floral scenes)
    • Learn how to paint flowers, up close and personal (a la Georgia O’Keefe)
    • Paint a still life from a real floral bouquet
  7. Still Life—Serendipity or Arranged
    • Finding vignettes in the arrangement of  discovered objects
    • Learn to set up a still life
  8. People
    • Paint faces and portraits
    • figure studies
    • Hands, feet, and body proportions
  9. Waterscapes
    • Learn how to paint water—lakes, streams, waterfalls
    • Waterscapes—Reflections
    • Learn how to paint foliage and boat reflections
    • Learn how to paint pounding surf seascapes
  10. How to Make Good Paintings Better
    • Critique of work
    • Learning how to ”fix” areas and when to leave them alone
  11. Painting Plein Air
    • How to Paint Outside
    • What to bring…and what NOT to bring
    • Learning to do a quick value sketch
    • Learning how to paint outside…simple subjects
  12. Journaling
    • How to paint vignettes
    • Journaling to create a mood
    • Journaling—using pen and ink
Sherri Bails Watercolor class