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Watercolor: Early Spring Flowers

Explore watercolor techniques and colorful palettes as we paint a new flower each week, including crocus, pansies, tulips, daisies and more!

Led by artist Mindy Newman.

Seven-Week Series: Saturdays, March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 27, 1–3pm (No class April 20)

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Class Schedule

Crocus in the Snow
Saturday, March 9, 1–3pm
In the first class of the series, learn basic watercolor techniques, like how to set up the palette, care of brushes, lay the wash,  and more. Prints available for students to use, but please bring special prints if you’d prefer to work from those.
Class Location: Meeting Room A

Pansies
Saturday, March 16, 1–3pm
Pansies are the most colorful of Ohio’s early spring flowers. Work with the color wheel to apply color theory to your compositions. Prints available for students to use, but please bring special prints if you’d prefer to work from those.
Class Location: Meeting Room A

Striped Tulips
Saturday, March 23, 1–3pm
The striped tulip is a fan-favorite flower to view and to paint. Follow along with some great 3-D effects which you can apply to your watercolors.
Class Location: Meeting Room A

Irises
Saturday, March 30, 1–3pm
Did you know irises can be yellow, peach, white and black as well as many shades of purple? The complicated colors and composition of the iris will also students to practice lines, shapes and textures.
Class Location: Veridian

Daisy
Saturday, April 6, 1–3pm
Explore the two flowers that make up a daisy—the petals and the cluster—and learn how to paint using the white of the paper, rather than white paint. Dabble in negative shapes, soft edge sharing and some scribble brush strokes hacks for making leaves.
Class Location: Meeting Room A

Sweet Pea
Saturday, April 13, 1–3pm
Mindy will demonstrate on how to paint overlapping petals and how to avoid watercolor bleeds. The pastel colors of the sweet pea will incorporate beautifully into your transparent watercolor.
Class Location: Education Pavilion (on the Community Garden Campus)

Hibiscus
Saturday, April 27, 1–3pm
Work towards increasing the 3-D effects of the petals through color, layering and under painting. Draw a detailed study of the pistil in order to get a good idea of how to paint it.
Class Location: Veridian