Have you always wanted to try watercolor painting but aren’t sure where to start? In this class for beginning and continuing students, you’ll start with the basics of how to use your brushes and paints to create different shapes and colors. After practicing the fundamentals, you’ll dive into techniques for observing a scene and creating an eye-catching composition. As a continuing student, you will build on your basic skills and gain greater mastery of the medium. Using the magnificent Yosemite Valley landscape as inspiration, you’ll put your new skills to work en plein air, and bring a spring scene to life. You’ll end the class with a fresh perspective on Yosemite, your own work of art and the skills to keep exploring the world of watercolor.
Beginner level: Little to no experience required, ages 12+.
Registration: $20 per day per visitor; advanced registration recommended; drop-ins welcome as space is available.
Location: Happy Isles Art and Nature Center; shuttle stop #16; park at Half Dome Village and take the shuttle; workshops are held outside, weather and medium permitting.
Time: 10 am to 2 pm, Monday through Saturday. Please arrive at 9:45 am to purchase supplies. Please plan for extra time when taking the shuttles.
Materials: Supplies are not included in the registration fee. Supply lists are sent to registered participants once payment is received. Additional supplies are available for purchase at Happy Isles Art and Nature Center. All purchases benefit the park! Materials available for use free of charge: field easel, field stool, hardboard, water containers and paper towels.
Lodging arrangements are the responsibility of the participants.