Painting Luminous Watercolors with Impressionistic Brushwork

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Painting Luminous Watercolors with Impressionistic Brushwork with Betty Carr

December  2-4, 2024 | Monday-Wednesday

  • Medium: Watercolor
  • Experience:  Intermediate (some painting experience with either or both mediums)
  • Registration: Each student must enroll individually. Click the Cancellation Policy tab above for more info.
  • Materials List: Click the Materials List tab above for a list of materials/supplies students need to bring to the workshop.
  • Location: Sedona Arts Center, Theatre Studio

Learn to capture the beauty of light in this three-day workshop! Betty Carr teaches students to accurately portray the effect of light on any subject in watercolor. Students will explore a variety of locations in beautiful Sedona.

During her workshop Betty begins each day with a demonstration/ lecture covering tools, techniques, brushwork, problems and solutions. Emphasis throughout the workshop is on organization and simplification of darks and lights, value and color relationships, edges, movement and mass to create a dynamic, coherent composition.

Betty Carr’s energetic style and enthusiasm for painting and teaching create an infectious atmosphere of adventure and “can do” among her students. She has traveled the country teaching workshops for many years. Her instructional book “Seeing the Light” is available through North Light Books.

First Meeting on Wednesday is 10:00 am in the Theatre Studio on the Arts Center Campus. Instructor will arrange location meetings for the duration of the workshop.  If the class goes off-site to a painting location, students should carpool as much as possible.

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Betty Carr

Betty Carr

Betty Carr was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California and developed a love of art from visiting museums. For 23 years she taught art in public schools and did sculpture in her spare time. In 1980, she married landscape painter, Howard Carr, and they devoted their lives to painting. They travelled several months of each year, from Oregon to South Carolina in a specially equipped mobile home. In numerous locations, they taught artist workshops. She advises her students to draw continually because – drawing is critical to good painting.

From the time she was a young girl, Carr has been represented by galleries. She has been featured in numerous publications including Art of the West, Southwest Art, American Artist, Art Talk, American Artist and Vitality magazines. Betty is proud of her acceptance into the exclusive Knickerbocker Association of New York City. Energetic, brightly colored landscapes and still-lifes are the signature work of this artist who is known for her skillful use of light, color and shadow. On the influence of light on her watercolors, she writes, “What catches my eye is the effect light has on form in unique situations whether fleeting, spilling over, striking, etc. I challenge myself in capturing its dramatic and/or subtle effects. I strive for confident enthusiastic brushwork, the maximizing of color’s value and intensity range and a fresh painterly approach, the result appearing effortless.”

Betty received her MFA from San Jose State University and has taught painting and sculpture for many years. She is a Master Artist in the American Impressionist Society; signature member of the Arizona Plein Air Painters and Northern Arizona Watercolor Society and Knickerbocker Artists. Carr is the author of the acclaimed instructional book, “Seeing the Light, An Artist’s Guide,” and has contributed to numerous books and periodicals. Her work is featured in the book “Sedona’s Best Artists.”  Her paintings (acrylic, watercolor and oil) can be viewed on her website:

  • Easels and Umbrellas
    Bring your favorite pochade box, French easel or other easel/palette system that you like for painting outdoors. Also, an umbrella for your easel if you like - it can make a difference in your choice of painting locations – you don’t have to hunt for shade.
  • Watercolor Paints
    Feel free to choose your favorite brands Alizarin Crimson Antwerp Blue Ultramarine Blue Burnt Sienna Yellow Ochre Permanent Rose Winsor Red Cobalt Blue Maganese Blue Cad. Orange Cobalt Violet Cad.Yellow lt. Lemon Yellow Viridian Colbalt Violet Quinacridone Burnt Orange Opaque White (Favorite Brand) Cad. Scarlet Sap Green Carr Yellow (American Journey)
  • Watercolor Palette
    Robert Wood, Pike, Robbie Laird, Cheap Joe's – the larger the better which ever you prefer.
  • Paper
    D’Arches 140lb Cold Press, D’Arches watercolor blocks are fine all though I prefer sheets. Sketchbook for preliminary value studies. 300lb D’Arches can also be used.
  • Watercolor Board
    Watercolor Board, Gator Board, Foam Core (double thick) for stretching watercolor paper. Suggestion - bring two boards.
  • Pencils
    HB, 2B, 4B, etc. ( a couple watercolor pencils)
  • Erasers
    Gum, Pink, Pearl, Magic Rub, etc.
  • Watercolor Brushes
    Incorporate your favorite, preferably larger rounds, #8, #10, #12, #14, etc. Also a couple smaller round and flat brushes for details. 1” – ½” Flats for washes. Pallet knife for scratching detail and textural work, small fritch (cheap joe’s) or short, small, stiff brush to lift edges and lights. Recommended Brushes: Joe Miller signature Series 50/50 Brushes, Silver Black Velvet stripper, Escoda Reserva Tajmyr-Kolinsky (Aquario, Barcelona). Note: We will be using expressive, impressionist strokes; large rounds and flats work best for excellent results.
  • Other Watercolor Supplies
    Liquid Frisket, spray bottle, paper towels, salt, sponge, rubber cement pick-up, masking tape, baby toothbrush, small bar of soap, Q-Tips, Kleenex. Bring an easel if you prefer to work on it. We will be working outdoors. Bring an easel or pochade box if you prefer to work upright. Also, an umbrella for your easel if you like - it can make a difference in your choice of painting locations – you don’t have to hunt for shade.
  • Books
    Seeing the Light, an Artists’ Guide” by Betty Carr “Hawthorne on Painting” by Mrs. Charles Hawthorne “The Art Spirit” by Robert Henri

Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually.
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn 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 at the Art Barn.

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 $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before November 2, 2024. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after November 2, 2024.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full.

Note: If traveling to Sedona, we strongly urge students to purchase refundable airline tickets or travel insurance in case of workshop cancellation due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen changes. Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for non-refundable ticket purchases or lodging fees.

Important Message

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.