Watercolor Workshop Watercolor Workshop

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

September 13, 20, 27 • October 4, 11, 18, 25 • November 1, 8, 15, (22 break), 29 • December 6, *December 13, 20, (27 break) • January 3, 10

This class 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 of the workshop will be: 1) able to improve their mastery of watercolor painting by participating in projects directed by peer or guest instructors and the opportunity to work on their own projects in class; 2) able to exhibit their artwork and receive constructive feedback, if desired; 3) able to evaluate watercolor artwork; and 4) encouraged to share their expertise and knowledge gained from what they have learned outside of class.

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

*This class continues to meet during the intersession on the dates following the asterisk above.

Instructors/Coordinators : Marion Brockett, Emma Cox, Maggie Giles, Mickey La Casa, Joan Lebsack, Joyce Ono, Betty Redmon, Mary Sampson and Sandy Wessel


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 kitchen or restroom.  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  Unpublished photos with permission of photographer are fine.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)
  • Volunteer to do a mini-workshop next semester (see Joyce or Mary)