Watercolor Workshop Watercolor Workshop

Every Wednesday • 1 p.m.-3:15 p.m. • Shapiro ABCD

January 3*, 10*, 17, 24, 31 • February 7, 14, 21, 28 • March 7, 14, 21, (28 break) • April 4, 11,18*, 25* • May 2*, 9*, 16*, 23*, 30*

This course is an open workshop for all levels of watercolor artists. In alternate weeks, we will have members or guests leading those who choose to join in on in-class projects. Members share what they have learned in workshops or experimental techniques. The class has a library of watercolor technique resources, which class members may borrow.

Come and join us in a relaxed, supportive environment to pursue your artistic passions!

*This course continues to meet during the intersessions on the dates indicated by the asterisks above.

Instructors : Emma Cox, Maggie Giles, Stevie Johnston, Jeff Layton, Joan Lebsack, Joyce Ono, Betty Redmon, Sandy Wessel, and guest instructors

Coordinators : Marion Brockett, Emma Cox, Maggie Giles, Joan Lebsack, Joyce Ono and Mary Sampson


Spring 2018 Schedule for Mini Projects




January 24 Joyce Ono Variation to Wet-on-Wet Technique
February 7 Joan Lebsack Snowy Winter LandscapePDF File
February 21 Maggie Giles Use of mat medium for texture - step 1PDF File
February 28 Maggie Giles Use of mat medium for texture - step 2
March 7 Sandy Wessel Watercolor PortraitPDF File
March 21 Betty Redmon Shared Objects--Composition ChallengePDF File
April 4 Jeff Layton TBA
April 18 Stevie Johnston Wild RosesPDF File
May 2 Lyn Baesler Textures on Birch Trees
May 16 Emma Cox TBA



The Brea Gallery has a number of watercolor workshops slated for the coming year.  Go to their website to view the list of workshops.



  • Tables have to be set up and taken down each class session.  You are responsible for setting up your own card table and putting away card or folding table when finished.  If you can't, help with coffee or attendance sheet and someone else will take care of your table.
  • Water may be put in drain in the restroom but NOT in the kitchen.  Please leave sink clean.
  • We have coffee duty periodically.  If able and needed, please volunteer to help (or show others how).
  • On days that we have an optional demonstration/lesson, please sit toward the back of the room away from the screen since we may project videos or images and that part of the classroom may be darkened if you prefer to work on your own project.

What to paint?  Source material

  • Direct views are best.  Original photos are great.  Unpublished photos with permission of photographer are fine.  Work from these three sources may usually be entered in exhibits or sold as original work unless there is too much involvement of a teacher. 
  • Please don't steal intellectual property.   Copyrights are held on published (print or internet) photos or paintings.  Use them for practice, to keep, or to give to family.  Give credit to source/artist, preferably in signature line, otherwise on back).  Don't exhibit or sell as original work. 


  • Watercolor Resources for extensive list of art supply vendors, instructional sites, and handouts.
  • Art bookshelf in back of Shapiro CD (honor system; check out materials in red notebook) 


  • Mount your own display in the OLLI office (see Mary Sampson or Maggie Giles)
  • Volunteer to do a mini-workshop next semester (see Joyce or Betty)