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WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS -Various Dates and Subjects: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/17, 10/24, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28 12/5, 12/12, 12/19

September 12, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - December 19, 2023 @ 8:30 pm

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Instructor: Laurie Adams (www.loreleiarts.us)

Adults & Teens 15 and over  Minimum 2, maximum 8

Prerequisite: Some previous experience required. For beginning watercolor students who have taken a watercolor class before, existing watercolor artists whose techniques are rusty, or artists who want some continuing instruction or who want to learn new techniques. If you have no experience, I suggest you take a beginning watercolor class prior to this class as some of the techniques may be more difficult without some basic technique knowledge.

 Tuesday Evenings, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

  • Workshop 1: September 12 – 6:00 –8:30pm- $45              
  • Workshop 2: September 19 – 6:00pm –8:30pm –$45
  • Workshop 3: September 26 – 6:00pm –8:30pm- $45
  • Workshop 5:October 17 – 6:00pm –8:30pm – $45
  • Workshop 6: October 24 – 6:00pm –8:30pm- $45
  • Workshop 7: November 14 – 6:00pm – 8:30pm –$45 
  • Workshop 8: November 21 – 6:00pm – 8:30pm –$45 
  • Workshop 9: November 28 – 6:00pm –8:30pm –$45
  • Workshop10: December 5 – 6:00pm –8:30pm- $45
  • Workshop 11: December 12- 6:00pm –8:30pm – $45
  • Workshop 12:December 19 – 6:00pm –8:30pm – $45


Further develop your watercolor skills. These workshop classes are designed to delve into further techniques used in watercolor. Each class will concentrate on a specific topic. You can pick and choose which classes you want to take. You must have taken a beginning watercolor class before to take this class. (Exception: Workshop 12 is open to beginners.) pARTiculars has several beginning watercolor options available through this or other instructors.

NOTE: In this class you will NOT complete a painting, as each class will be instruction on specific techniques that can be used in painting. See my 2-hour Landscape class if you want to do a watercolor painting start to finish.


  • Workshop 1:Brushes, Brushstrokes & other Markmaking This class will have discussion and demonstrations of different types of watercolor brushes and how to use them and other mark making in watercolor. Other tools will also be demonstrated.
  • Workshop 2:Uses for Masking Fluid for Watercolor. This class show different ways to apply and use masking fluid and other ways to block out areas for your watercolor paintings.
  • Workshop 3:Color Mixing – How to not make mud (unless you want to). Many beginning students have had the experience of accidentally making “mud.” This class will demystify this. We will delve into a bit of color theory and color mixing, using a limited palette of colors, etc.
  • Workshop 4:Skin Tones. More color mixing but this class will be specifically on how to make several different skin tones using formulas of color mixing.


  • Workshop 5:Grasses/Fields/Mixing Greens. Most watercolor palettes come with greens that are unrealistic for nature. This class will deal with how to tone down the greens in your existing palettes to make them match nature more realistically. You will also learn how to mix your own greens from a limited palette with different formulas provided.
  • Workshop 6:Sunsets/Sunrises. Certain colors don’t mix well, so that is why some sunset paintings fail. This class will demonstrate different ways to create dynamic sunsets and sunrises with beautiful colors.
  • Workshop 7:Clouds. This class is a continuation beyond the very basic cloud instruction in my beginning watercolor class. There will be a brief instruction on types of clouds, and we will try to paint as many types as we can in this class.  
  • Workshop 8:Shadows/Light/Contrast. Glazing techniques.  In addition, this class will include a discussion with tips on choosing a good reference image to paint.           
  • Workshop 9:Winter Trees. Painting leafless trees so that they look three dimensional, proportionate and realistic. If time allows, we may discuss painting a snowy landscape.
  • Workshop 10:Pine/Conifer/Fir Trees. Just like winter trees, we will be learning how to paint realistic three-dimensional pine trees. As the title suggests, there will be discussion on what the differences are, and we will paint as many ‘types’ as time allows.
  • Workshop 11:Fixing/Preventing Watercolor Mistakes. Bring in your “oops” paintings, your “problem children” paintings. Any painting you have that you feel “something isn’t working” whether you don’t know what it is or how to fix it. This will be a fun class and will include gentle critique of paintings and instruction on how to fix certain problems or how to avoid them in the future. If you don’t have anything to bring in, that’s okay, you will still learn a lot in this class. It will be fun and informative.
  • Workshop 12: Abstract Watercolor Techniques – This is the only class where no experience is required. Relatives in town for the holidays? Bring ‘em along for a fun class. Can’t draw or paint? Come one in! We will be playing with water and color!


Bring to class:  All materials and supplies will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own supplies. Some of the classes may have some down time (waiting for watercolor to dry, etc.), so you may also bring existing projects you are working on if you choose to.

Contact:  laurieadams588@yahoo.com; 720-326-0729


September 12, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
December 19, 2023 @ 8:30 pm
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401 S. Public Road
LAFAYETTE, CO 80026 United States
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