Take a deep dive into the world of watercolor with artist Karen Elaine. Learn valuable watercolor techniques and skills while discovering the joy of watercolor, letting go, and finding meaning through creativity. Karen will also show you how to create handmade watercolor journals to record your watercolor experiences and discoveries.
Week One: The first week is devoted to exploring watercolors playfully. Become intimate with the unique properties of watercolor pigments and papers by making color swatches, practicing water control, and creating joyful color mixes. Construct a simple journal and begin to fill the pages with exercises.
Week Two: In the second week you will create delicate and dramatic watercolor washes as well as atmospheric backgrounds. Explore watercolor mediums and surfaces for enhancing watercolor creativity and spontaneity. You will construct a meandering watercolor journal and begin to fill the pages.
Week Three: In the third week, we will explore layering, glazing, color lifting, and pattern making techniques to create textures in watercolor. We’ll be creating intuitively and playfully in our handmade journals.
Week Four: In the fourth and final session we will explore composition, mark making, themes, focal points, and hand lettering to connect your watercolor practice into something deeper and more meaningful.
ENROLL NOW to secure your seat.
Enrolled students will receive an email invitation with a link to join the Zoom meeting platform from Karen directly. Be sure you have an internet connection and Zoom installed on your device before the first day of the class.
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Karen Elaine is an artist, designer and innovator in the art materials industry developing creative products and techniques for over twenty five years. She developed the Art of Kumomi as well as many mixed media, origami and paper crafting techniques. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in California and are in private and public collections. She was a frequent guest on DIY television shows and her work has been featured in art and maker magazines.
Watercolor Deep Dive with Karen Elaine Four Zoom Sessions on Fridays at 11 am to 1pm 1/12/2024, 1/19/2024, 1/26/2024, 2/2/2024
Materials List (Link to specific products I use below the general list)
High quality transparent watercolors in three primary colors:
Quinacridone Red or Magenta
Quinacridone Gold, Hansa or Lemon Yellow
Phthalo Blue (Red or Green Shade), or Ultramarine Blue.
Pans or tubes are fine, whatever you prefer. I use mostly Daniel Smith, Holbein, Schmincke and Renesans. Renesans watercolors are reasonably priced and can be purchased in tubes or pans. Any other transparent, granulating or metallic watercolors you want to use or try.
Round and flat watercolor brushes in various sizes from small to large.
A plate or palette for mixing color
140 lb cold press cotton watercolor paper in single sheets, pads or blocks at least 6” x 8” Have one large sheet of paper (22” x 30”) for making a journal.
Washi tape or masking tape
Masonite, lucite or glass panel to tape paper down and as a painting surface. It should be larger than your paper.
Fine tip pigmented markers in various sizes (Micron, Multiliner, Detail Master Liner etc)
White ink or watercolor
Bookbinding tools such as an awl, thread and needle, white glue, paper cutter or craft knife
Fine mist spray bottle filled with water
Paper towel or cotton rag
Below is a link to my specific supply list on Amazon:
Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Office at 928-282-3809, ext. 1.
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.
In-Person and Online Workshops
Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
There is a $40 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before December 12, 2023. Remaining balance will be refunded.
There are no refunds after December 12, 2023.
If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full.
The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.
Karen is a gem. Her experience with watercolor and its instruction is vast. Her creativity is deep. Her instructions spot on. And she’s so much fun!
I’ve enjoyed watercolor painting classes with Karen Elaine the past 3 years and I’ve learned so much about different techniques, valuable ideas and tips
I’m not an “artist” in the typical definition, just a person who enjoys creating, but Karen’s classes increased my confidence in doing art for my sake, my joy, and in my style. She is an authentic and infinitely kind woman, and I am so grateful for her.
Watercolor classes with Karen have been the highlight of my week for two years now. She has made the learning process enjoyable without being intimidating. I have learned so much and grown as a watercolor artist and it's all thanks to Karen.
I am a lover of art and I was very fortunate to connect with Karen Elaine. I have created numerous projects along side her via zoom classes. Karen has a kind way of teaching her techniques in a very fun and informative way, she has awesome skills and product knowledge in a broad range of art including origami, color mixing, mixed media, and especially watercolor! Karen gives you inspiration to dive in and get started.
I have learned so many tips and techniques and have had a lot of fun and laughs along the way!!
Karen is an inspiring teacher. She teaches us watercolor techniques infused with the joy of painting. She encourages us to try new things, and reminds us it’s okay to make mistakes! She has built a sense of community even through Zoom. I look forward to every class.