Watercolor Classes & Workshops

Sherri Bails Watercolor class

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:

  • 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
  • Learn the basics of painting barns, sheds, and old buildings
  • Learn how to paint landscape basics—ground, grasses, trees, skies, and mountains
  • Learn how to paint the clouds
  • Learn to paint rowboats and fishing boats
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
  • 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
Still Life—Serendipity or Arranged
  • Finding vignettes in the arrangement of  discovered objects
  • Learn to set up a still life
  • Paint faces and portraits
  • figure studies
  • Hands, feet, and body proportions
  • 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
How to Make Good Paintings Better
  • Critique of work
  • Learning how to ”fix” areas and when to leave them alone
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
  • How to paint vignettes
  • Journaling to create a mood
  • Journaling—using pen and ink
Sherri Bails Watercolor class