Water Media Exploration

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Water Media Exploration with Mary Helsaple

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

1 session  | 9 am – 12 noon (Arizona Time)

All levels of experience are welcome.  Good drawing skill is an asset, but not required.

I invite you to join me for a studio class at the Sedona Art Center this fall. Bring your coffee mug and explore some adventures with water media materials every Wed. morning for a 3-hour class session.  This is a hands-on class, no supplies are needed, (but you are welcome to bring your own.) The once-a-week sessions are not focused on completing a specific painting. Each week we will execute different ways water media can be used. From quick sketches to illustrations to plotting out & organizing the concept for a final Masterwork. Bring your favorite drawing pencil, ruler, a few ideas and LOTS of questions.  I will be glad to evaluate any supply you have and suggest other supply options towards the end of each session.

Come learn How, Why, and What Water-based media is best used.  This class is about exploring materials to best effect. In each class session, we will explore a different water-based material or technique and how best to use it effectively. Many of these same ideas can be applied to other surfaces like canvas, fabric, wood, metal and glass. Starting with Watercolor and progressing to acrylic, we will learn what combines well. We will be using only water-based supplies such as watercolor pigments, gouache, pencils, inks, flow pens on paper, then yupo, claybord, and loose canvas sheets, and finally acrylic medium.  In this class, you will gain a deep understanding of all fluid mediums by exploring the process required to create your MasterWork.

Materials are provided for your use during class.  If you already have water media supplies that you like to use, please feel free to bring them with you. Bring any supplies you have questions about their use.

*NOTE: I will bring materials to make Valentine’s Day cards in today’s class session! Of course, you aren’t required to make valentines if you would rather paint something else.

In-Person Classes

COVID Health and Safety Protocols

As your instructor, I am fully vaccinated and fully boosted.  I request that you personally monitor any symptoms prior to the class with a quick test if you suspect exposure and is much appreciated.

The health and safety of Sedona Arts Center’s Patrons, Students, Volunteers, and Staff are a top priority. Since COVID-19 first surfaced, our staff continues to monitor the situation closely, taking every precaution to keep our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, Staff, and our community safe.

  • Masks inside our buildings are optional until further notice.

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Mary Helsaple

Mary Helsaple

“Every painting begins with investigation into the subject.  Every artist is then challenged to infuse that knowledge with the skills they have accumulated in their art ‘toolbox’. My goal as an instructor is to motivate and assist artists where they are and encourage them to learn and refine those talents to create their best Masterworks.”

I was raised on the west coast, lived and worked in Colorado for 35 years and now live full time in Sedona, AZ. I have also been involved in the regional arts in Arizona these last 15 years. I participate in exhibitions at Sedona Arts Center, Sedona Visual Artists Coalition Open Studio events, Artlink shows in Phoenix, AZ, and many national juried exhibitions around the country.  I am an environment-focused artist, whose objective is to create a visual that connects people with wild nature. I am also an avid birdwatcher and made nature documentaries for television. My detailed watercolors are large works on paper, done in the ‘narrative style’ that often touches on important social and environment concerns.

I teach drawing, watercolor, and mentor artists and friends with creative projects. Currently, I am writing a series of inspirational nature books based on my travels and sketch journals containing stories of wildlife about the interesting people I encountered both in North and South America.

Presently my paintings are traveling in a national exhibition “Environmental Impact II” 2019-2024, an exhibit compiled of 26 national artists whose art shows the effect and demands humans put on their environments throughout the world, bringing to the forefront pressing and critical issues facing global communities in the next decades.

I am fully vaccinated for Covid-19.


Materials are provided for your use.

If you already have water media supplies that you like to use, please bring them with you.

Cancellation Policy

Registration and Cancellation Policies


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Classes must be paid in full upon registration
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • 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 Classes Cancellation

  • Students must cancel or transfer at least 7 days prior to the first day of class
  • If a student cancels or transfers before the 7-day cut-off, a 15% fee will be applied
  • If a student cancels within 7 days prior to class, there are no refunds
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the class for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

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.

In-Person Classes

COVID Health and Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, and Staff are a top priority. Since COVID-19 first surfaced, our staff continues to monitor the situation closely, taking every precaution to keep our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, Staff, and our community safe.