July 14 The Light Within: Houses in Watercolor after Hopper w/ Wennie Huang

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July 14 The Light Within: Houses in Watercolor after Hopper w/ Wennie Huang


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Location: Barnstable area (or Cape Cod Art Center as rain location)

Instructor:  Wennie Huang
Day: Saturday, July 14 & Sunday, July 15
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Based on Edward Hopper’s summer excursions painting in watercolor classic Cape Cod homes, this watercolor workshop will offer step-by-step methods for creating dynamic compositions, structure and perspective, expressive brushstrokes, luminous color, and high contrasts that so distinctively capture the character of light and living on the Cape.

Participants will meet at Cape Cod Art Center and then will carpool to the painting location. Locations will be planned beforehand and will be local, but not local enough for walking. If there is a rainy day, we will utilize the studio at Cape Cod Art Center and photographs will be provided as reference.

Workshop Watercolor Materials:


White Enamel Metal “Butcher’s” Tray for Palette


Watercolor Paint in these colors:

  • Lemon Yellow (or other cool yellow)
  • Gamboge
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Red Medium
  • Quinacridone Rose or Rose Madder
  • Venetian Red
  • Cerulean Blue or Pthalo Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Viridian Green



  • #10-#12 round sable
  • #6-#8 round sable
  • ¾” – 1” flat



  • Arches 140 pound Cold Press Watercolor Paper – any size up to 15″ x 22” or in a block
  • Also smaller scraps for swatches and sketches


  • Large sheet of white foam core if your paper does not come in a block – the paper must be taped to the board securely on all sides before painting.


Additional Supplies:

  • Thin Artists Tape (1/2”)
  • 2 Clear Plastic Containers for Holding Water
  • Bounty Paper Towels for blotting
  • HB Pencil
  • Colored Pencils
  • Eraser – Kneaded
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Sketchbook


Plein Air Supplies

  • Hat / Visor
  • Folding Stool
  • Separate small table for holding palette
  • Portable watercolor set


Artist Bio:

Wennie Huang is a mixed media artist, living and working in New York City, who has taught plein-air and art workshops, design and studio classes for over 10 years at Wave Hill, the 92nd St. Y Art Center, Parsons School of Design, and Pratt Institute. Her drawings, collaborations, and site-specific installations explore relationships between identity and loss, landscape and memory. Her watercolors and pastels are predominantly created on site during workshops to instruct participants on color theory, technique, composition, and the general challenges and joys of working from nature and direct observation.


In addition to exhibiting at Wave Hill, Wennie has also exhibited her work at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden, as well as in numerous national group shows. She has participated in arts residencies at the Center for Book Arts, Sculpture Space, Lower East Side Printshop, and Dieu Donne Papermill, and she is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts, the Innovations in Education Fund through Parsons School for Design/ the New School, and a permanent art commission from the New York City School Construction Authority and Percent for Art Program.


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