Watercolor Crash Course: Capturing Luminous Light



Watercolor Crash Course: Capturing Luminous Light – All Materials Included!
with Betty Carr

May 13 – 14, 2024 | Monday – Tuesday | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Experience: Beginning to Intermediate. Some prior drawing experience is recommended.
  • Medium: Watercolor
  • Registration: Each student needs to enroll individually.
  • Location: Sedona Arts Center, Theatre Studio.
  • Materials: Materials are included for use during the class.

This class welcomes beginners who have some drawing experience and want to learn how to paint with watercolor, as well as the more experienced painters who want to learn more watercolor techniques.

Our class will focus on the “how to’s” of brushes, mediums, paper, seeing and painting light on form, understanding temperatures of light and shadow, and working with edges in painting a variety of subjects. I’ll be demonstrating exciting ways to create effects in watercolor using impressionistic, painterly brushwork. How to paint in watercolor using glazing and textural techniques, incorporating frisket (don’t worry if you don’t know what that is – you will find out and it’s fun), and applying a value sketch will be covered. When completed, we will all have painted some exciting and beautiful watercolors.

Be sure to bring a lunch or snack with you – we’ll take a quick break during the day.

Materials/supplies will be available for your use during the class and are included in the tuition. You can also bring any materials/supplies that you already have on hand.

With materials included, all barriers have been removed so that you can explore the fun of painting! All you bring is yourself, a lunch or snack, and clothing that you can get some paint on!


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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: www.bettycarrfineart.com.

All Materials are provided for your use during the class. 

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 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 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.

Betty is that rare combination of both excellent instructor and talented painter. She is a wealth of knowledge as well as being funny, kind and a good, inspiring teacher.

Betty Carr is not only an accomplished artist, she is an excellent teacher and communicator.

Not only is Betty an excellent teacher and an incredible painter, she is a lot of fun! She provided a welcoming and inclusive environment. I would definitely take another workshop with Betty.