AUTUMN TREASURES – Watercolor
Instructor: Ellen Duarte
Day: Wednesdays (5 weeks). Class begins September 18th. NO CLASS ON 10/9/19.
Cost: Members $92 | Non-Members $116
As the vibrance of summer flowers wanes, autumn provides a last thrill of color with turning leaves. Capture this beautiful display through painting autumn leaves and other colorful subjects, including fruits and berries. Hone your watercolor skills from wet techniques to dry brush. Learn about process, technique and composition through critique, discussion, and demonstration.
Sketch/drawing pad (9×12 or greater) white, spiral, or what you prefer
Drawing pencils of choice
Eraser (white plastic)
Tracing paper (if you have it)
White, hot press watercolor paper (140 lb or greater)
Watercolor paints- bring your usual palette*
Watercolor brushes (two size 4 or 6 pointed round)*
Cup or jar for water
Foam board (a size larger than your sketch pad)
*If you are a beginner, or don’t have the proper brushes, or can’t get the materials listed in time, don’t panic. Bring what you can. I can fill in with enough to get you going.
Hot press watercolor paper is not typically available at chain art supply stores. Fine art stores sometimes sell it by the sheet. It is expensive, as paper goes, so I will have it available for $3 per quarter sheet (approx. 10x15in). Good sable brushes are best, but also expensive. I will have a few for borrowing and some new brushes (size 4) at $10 each, if you wish to purchase.
Ellen Duarte has been creating a Christmas card almost every year since taking up botanical illustration more than a decade ago, when she began her studies at Wellesley College Botanic Garden. She earned her Certificate of Botanical Illustration in 2015. Ellen grew up in Maine and raised her family on Cape Cod. She currently resides in Centerville and is still frequently visiting Maine. She and her husband enjoy three grown children and many grandchildren.