Watercolor Workshop Watercolor Workshop


Weekly • Fall, spring and summer

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

Spring Intersession: April 17, 24 • May 1, 8, 15

Summer Session: May 29 • June 5, 12, (19 no class), 26 • July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

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Click here for class resources, video tutorials, and livestreamed Watercolor Workshop sessions. (OLLI members only)

This course is an open workshop for all levels of watercolor artists. In alternate weeks, members or guests will lead class projects. Members share what they have learned in workshops or experimental techniques. We will share our paintings and have opportunities to review completed work or work in progress. At any of our sessions you are free to work on your own projects if you choose to do so.

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

Instructors/Coordinators: Marion Brockett, Sharon Brown, Carol Carson, Emma Cox, Maggie Giles, Barbara Glaeser, Jodell Gray, Stevie Johnston, Mickey La Casa, Joan Lebsack, Marsha Linsley, Joyce Ono, Mary Sampson, Michael Shellman, Sandy Wessel and guest instructors

Tech Coordinators: Tom La Casa, Joyce Ono and Michael Shellman


  • 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  Unpublished photos with permission of photographer are fine.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)

Check out these videos that we made for the Fall 2022 Open House.

This video is about our course:

This video shows watercolors created by OLLI members: