Watercolor: Building from Three Colors

A great class for the beginner artist interested in the fundamentals of watercolor.
April 30, 2018 to May 5, 2018

Yosemite’s color palette spans hundreds of hues: the deep gray of granite walls, the soft green of a spring meadow, the blue flash of a Steller’s jay swooping overhead. In this four-hour class with artist Juan Peña, you’ll learn to mix three watercolors to create the various tones that bring the park to life. As you observe and practice techniques for working with watercolor in an outdoor setting, you’ll see a spring scene emerge on your canvas, built on a simple trio of paints that come together to make a rich portrait of the park. At the end of the class, bring your painting home as a colorful souvenir of your Yosemite visit!

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.
Artist
Juan Peña Artist Instructor Yosemite Conservancy

Juan Peña

Juan Peña, proficient in many painting media, is an award-winning artist who is often sought and invited to display his work at a variety of shows, galleries and museums. His watercolor, oil, pastel and pencil artwork are included in many private and corporate collections. Peña is an internationally published artist whose work appears in several issues of the “Splash” book series, which highlights contemporary watercolor.