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In-Depth Watercolor, Section 1 (In-Person)

$675

with James Toogood

Calendar Current session started Sep 15, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Fridays, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Instructor: James Toogood 
Credit: Non-credit or 1.5 undergraduate credits (see description)

Enrich your knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Thoroughly investigate a wide range of watercolor materials and techniques from your choice of landscape, still life, portrait, and figure subjects. Open to watercolorists of all levels and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills. 

Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn about color theory as applied to watercolor. 
  • Students will receive a comprehensive explanation of watercolor materials and tools, with particular focus will be paid to the properties of paint and pigments as they interact with the paintbrushes and paper. 
  • Through both discussions and demonstrations, first time participants and beginners will learn a variety of techniques that are fundamental to watercolor, presented in a systematic step by step method. Participants can expect to have regular individual instruction, given at their current skill level. 
  • Focus also will be paid on acquiring the skills needed to achieve a richness of color and a feeling of light. 
  • Participants will work from direct observations from the still life and model, as well as from one’s own source materials. 
  • Those not taking the class for credit will have the option to work on landscape, still life, portrait and figure or abstraction, as they wish. 
  • Participants will be exposed to a variety of watercolor styles and encouraged to discover one’s own personal aesthetic. 
  • The course is ultimately designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to make accomplished, personally rewarding watercolor paintings. 

This course does not meet during Thanksgiving Break, November 23 - 26. 

Optional: This Condensed Course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $995. Select credit option when registering.

Image: James Toogood, Bermuda.

Register by: September 8 

Materials List

Fall 2023 CE Policy Guide, including updated Withdrawal/Refund Policies

Full Course

Watercolor in the Park (Outdoor)

$295

with Keith Leitner

Calendar Current session started Sep 17, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Sundays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Instructor: Keith Leitner 
Credit: Non-credit only

Capture the colors of fall en plein air through vibrant watercolor! Become comfortable and confident with the practice of working outdoors at picturesque Lemon Hill, Laurel Hill, and other select locations around the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fairmount Park. Instruction will cover means of accurately and expressively depicting outdoor sites, watercolor painting techniques, color mixing, and the history and capabilities of water media. All levels welcome. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations.  

Learning Objectives:  

  • Learn to observe and depict landscape and cityscape en plein air with attendant materials and set up
  • Learn color mixing and watercolor application techniques
  • Study of pigment history and development
  • Learn about watercolor history via short discussions of painters and their motifs 

Image: Keith Leitner, Above Stockton, watercolor, 12 x 12 in.

Register by: September 8 

Materials List

Fall 2023 CE Policy Guide, including updated Withdrawal/Refund Policies

In-Depth Watercolor, Section 2 (In-Person)

$675

with James Toogood

Calendar Current session started Sep 20, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Instructor: James Toogood 
Credit: Non-credit or 1.5 undergraduate credits (see description)

Enrich your knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Thoroughly investigate a wide range of watercolor materials and techniques from your choice of landscape, still life, portrait, and figure subjects. Open to watercolorists of all levels and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills. 

Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn about color theory as applied to watercolor. 
  • Students will receive a comprehensive explanation of watercolor materials and tools, with particular focus will be paid to the properties of paint and pigments as they interact with the paintbrushes and paper. 
  • Through both discussions and demonstrations, first time participants and beginners will learn a variety of techniques that are fundamental to watercolor, presented in a systematic step by step method. Participants can expect to have regular individual instruction, given at their current skill level. 
  • Focus also will be paid on acquiring the skills needed to achieve a richness of color and a feeling of light. 
  • Participants will work from direct observations from the still life and model, as well as from one’s own source materials. 
  • Those not taking the class for credit will have the option to work on landscape, still life, portrait and figure or abstraction, as they wish. 
  • Participants will be exposed to a variety of watercolor styles and encouraged to discover one’s own personal aesthetic. 
  • The course is ultimately designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to make accomplished, personally rewarding watercolor paintings. 

Optional: This Condensed Course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $995. Select credit option when registering.

Image: James Toogood.

Register by: September 8 

Materials List  

Fall 2023 CE Policy Guide, including updated Withdrawal/Refund Policies

Full Course

Watercolor Workshop (In-Person)

$215

with James Toogood

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 14, 2023 at 9 am

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  
Instructor: James Toogood 
Credit: Non-Credit Only 

Interested in learning or improving your watercolor skills? All materials and techniques will be discussed, including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Students will work from still-life, and/or their own source material. All levels welcome.

Register by: September 29 

Materials List

Fall 2023 CE Policy Guide, including updated Withdrawal/Refund Policies

Autumn Leaves in Watercolor Workshop (In-Person)

$195

with Linda Gist

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 21, 2023 at 9:30 am

Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Instructor: Linda Gist 
Credit: Non-credit only

Autumn leaves and watercolor paint are made for each other. If you long to capture the vibrance and beauty of jewel-like Fall leaves as they turn trees and the ground under our feet into rich tapestries of color, this is the workshop for you. Spend the weekend exploring color mixing and paint application techniques designed to help you capture a bit of nature in one of its most beautiful seasons. The workshop will include demonstrations of wet-into-wet and dry-brush techniques, as well as one-on-one coaching. All experience levels welcome.

Image: Linda Gist.

Register by: September 22 

Materials List

Fall 2023 CE Policy Guide, including updated Withdrawal/Refund Policies

Abstract Drawing/Mixed Media: Color Harmony and Interaction (In-Person)

$295

with Keith Leitner

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 26, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Instructor: Keith Leitner 
Credit: Non-credit only 

Explore the vital and vibrant role of color in art making. More than a supporting member, color can be the lead actor in a drawing or painting. Instruction will examine the work of artists who relied heavily on color for their creative processes, including Helen Frankenthaler, Cy Twombly, and many more. Color theory will be explored as a means of understanding color’s application and meaning through exercises in drawing, watercolor painting, collage, and students’ choice of media. Internalize and personalize concepts to make color a subtle, surprising, or dazzling part of your own work.  

This course does not meet during Thanksgiving Break, November 23 - 26. 

Image: Keith Leitner, Saturation Dawn.

Register by: October 20 

Materials List

Fall 2023 CE Policy Guide, including updated Withdrawal/Refund Policies 

The American Watercolor Tradition (In-Person)

$295

with Richard Estell

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 30, 2023 at 12:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Mondays, 12:30 – 3: 30 p.m. 
Instructor: Richard Estell 
Credit: Non-credit only

Explore the painting techniques of the masters who pioneered the 19th and 20th century American watercolor movement, including Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, and Charles Demuth. Characterized by bright color and bold handling that includes accents of opaque watercolor and loose washes, work in this tradition captures subject matter with dazzling light-filled effects. Practice these classic methods and learn to incorporate them into your own artwork to achieve a greater freedom of expression as well as adaptability and control in the way that you paint. Demonstrations and art historical discussions will be combined with short and more extensive still life and self-portrait exercises. This course is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels. 

Image: Richard Estell, River Rocks and Fog, watercolor, 22 x 30 in.

Register by: October 20 

Materials List

Fall 2023 CE Policy Guide, including updated Withdrawal/Refund Policies





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