Color & Design in Watercolor (09/23-09/25)

Color & Design in Watercolor (09/23-09/25)

September 23, 2021, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm



Color & Design in Watercolor with Lisa Fertig

*General Admission registrations begin August 15, members of the Central Minnesota Watercolorists should contact Sandra Theis to pre-register


Dates/Times: September 23-25, 2021
Morning session 9:30-12:30 (Doors will open at 9am)
Lunch 12:30-1:30
Afternoon session 1:30-4:30
Ages 14+

*Presented in collaboration with the Central Minnesota Watercolorists

Join us for a spectacular three-day immersive watercolor workshop with professional artist Lisa Fetig! We will explore how to successfully create realistic watercolor landscapes, from the planning stages to completion, with an emphasis on the Properties of Color and the elements and principles of design. Lisa‘s step-by-step process will put you at ease, as she shares techniques to help you loosen up and feel confident in approaching a watercolor painting.

This workshop is designed to help guide you through the painting process with ease and will include daily demonstrations, personal critiques, and a unique opportunity to re-visit past projects with ideas on how to “fix” and finish pieces you feel have not been successful.

Come and enjoy this exciting watercolor workshop with Lisa Fertig!


Day 1 Building a Landscape Painting (step by step)

  1. Value studies
  2. Properties of Color
  3. Studies with Intensity, Value and Hue
  4.  Demo
  5. Critique

Day 2  Foundation of a Painting

  1. Elements & Principles of Design
  2. Studies incorporating design elements and principles.
  3. Demo
  4. Critique

 Day 3 Bring in old paintings Fix and Finish

  1. Analyze what are you trying to say about this painting?
  2. Capture the essence of your intentions using the Elements and Principles of Design.
  3. Erase and gouache and repaint.
  4. Demo
  5. Critique

Watercolor Supplies:
Paint-Tube paint. Recommended brands: Winsor Newton M. Graham, Da Vinci or

(American Journey- can be purchased from Cheap Joes, www.cheapjoes.com.). I use American Journey and DaVinci pigments.

Colors: Bumblebee Yellow (Arylide), Sour Lemon (Hansa), New Gamboge,Permanent Red DaVinci Brand, Quinacridone Permanent Rose DaVinci Brand, Alizarin Crimson (Quin), Ultramarine Blue, Joe’s Blue (Phthalo), Cerulean Blue, Burnt Sienna, Winsor Green or (American Journey-Joe’s Green) and Yellow Ochre and Payne’s Gray.

Beginning Students may wish to use Grumbacher or Cotman brands which are student grade paints.


Brushes-. Brush sizes to buy- Flat brushes  1.5 or 2 inch wide, round (about the size of your index finger) and a #10 round.  Rigger or Liner #2.  Stencil brush, width of small finger.

Brushes I would recommend at Jerry’s Artarama-www.jerrysartarama.com


Item #87238 Mimik Synthetic Watercolor Brush Round   #10

Item #87247 Mimik Synthetic Watercolor Brush Washmate Brush 11/2”

This is another option for a brush set-

Item #: 87257   Mimik Synthetic Watercolor Brushes Value Set of 8

Item #FSF-12 Cheap Joe’s Fritch Scrubber- size 12  $5.89

Palette– Plastic Palette (large enough to mix puddles of paint).

I like the Stephen Quiller palette 15 x 15.

Paper- Arches watercolor paper 140 lb. cold press, or Arches Watercolor Block 14 x 20  or larger-140 lb. Cold press.

Misc- Bulldog clips-if using a single piece of paper and Gatorboard to hold paper to board, artist tape also works.

Water Container, Spray Bottle-something with a fine mist

Paper Towels, plastic palette knife or old credit card cut in thirds.

Salt, Pencil, Kneaded eraser, Liquid masking fluid and Natural Rubber pick up. Hair dryer. 

Gouache “Permanent White” (it is an opaque white watercolor.)

If you have painted before and already have other materials, please feel free to bring and use what you have.

September 23, 2021, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Paramount Center for the Arts

913 West St. Germain StreetSt. Cloud, MN 56301United States

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