Wet & Wild-Plein Air to Studio

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WET & WILD – Plein Air to Studio!  Demos and Instruction in Watercolor

with Julie Gilbert Pollard

April 21, 22 & 23, 2022

Learn to paint water that looks wet, reflective and splashy! With stunning Oak Creek as your model, paint water as it splashes around and over the rocky streambed. Techniques will be demonstrated to address the various puzzles with which the artist is faced when painting this stunning, fascinating and challenging subject!

An important concept of this workshop is that the joy of a plein air experience should be accessible to all. The equipment suggested is, therefore, of a minimal nature. Our overriding goal is to enjoy the experience!


At a nearby Oak Creek location, do “light” plein air painting, i.e. sketching, color-sketching, etc., using a minimal set-up, or simply taking photos.  Demos will be based on a minimal, portable version of plein air work. Nevertheless, the amount of equipment you take is your choice. There are lists of suggested supplies available for levels of activity at both ends of the spectrum.


In the SAC studio, using material gathered that morning or on a previous day, work on paintings started on location or begin new paintings, as you wish.


  • The “anatomy” of a water cascade
  • Learn to paint rocks that look solid and hard
  • Demos in WATERCOLOR
  • Maintaining the plein air “feel” and sensitivity in your painting when back the in studio
  • Using your photo as inspiration rather than absolute visual fact
  • Negative painting lessons for the watercolorist
  • The painting process – keeping it manageable
  • Creative use of color – color mixing – painting with green – “using color as value” (as seen in Julie’s North Light Books and Videos)

All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. The only prerequisite is an attitude of joy in the act of painting.

There will be demos, instruction at all levels as needed, individual critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all!

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.

  • We require that face masks, covering mouth and nose, be worn in our buildings until further notice. Paper masks are available for no charge. (Note: face shields are not adequate)
  • Enrollment in classes and workshops is limited to ensure social distancing is possible.
  • Thermometers are available in the Gallery and Studios for self-checking of temperature upon entrance.
  • Sanitation stations are available at each entrance to the Center.

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Julie Gilbert Pollard

Julie Gilbert Pollard

Julie Gilbert Pollard paints in oil and watercolor in a fluid, painterly manner, a painting style that is representational, yet colored with her own personal concept and perception. She is the author of three North Light Books including Discover Oil Painting and Watercolor Unleashed, plus nine videos and several additional publications.

She has given instruction in watercolor and oil since 1985 in numerous venues such as La Romita School of Art in Umbria, Italy; Cheap Joe’s Art Workshops in North Carolina; Saanich Peninsula Arts and Crafts Society in Sidney, B.C., Canada, Vale do Lobo in Portugal; Sedona Arts Center School of Art and Scottsdale Artists’ School in Arizona.

A frequent award winner, Julie’s oils and watercolors have hung in numerous juried and gallery exhibits and is a signature member of the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, Arizona Watercolor Association and San Diego Watercolor Society.

Julie loves to paint and share her studies and methods. “It’s an elusive image I try to express in my paintings – one I’m continuously striving for. This world of ours is often a frightening and mysterious place, but is filled with scenes and subjects that excite my eye and imagination! The magical allure of the natural world, and my reverence for it, compel me to attempt to capture its essence in paint.”

Materials List will be posted soon.

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, 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 Workshops

  • A student may pay in full or place a $125 non-refundable deposit to save a space in the workshop
  • Any unpaid balance is due at least 30 days prior to first day of class
  • If a student has paid in full and cancels before the 30-day cut-off, $125 is non-refundable and the balance is refunded.
  • If a students has paid the $125 deposit and cancels before the 30-day cut-off date, the full deposit is non-refundable.
  • If a student cancels within the 30-days prior to class, no refund is given and both deposit and balance are forfeited
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Cancellation/Refund Policy

The $125 deposit is non-refundable; the balance is due one month before the first day of the workshop. No refunds after the one-month cut-off date. If paying in full upon registration, $125 of the total tuition fee is non-refundable. There are absolutely no refunds after the 30 day cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all monies paid 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.

Covid-19 Update for In-Person Classes and Workshops: 

As long as SAC is able to provide an environment that adheres to the CDC guidelines for social gatherings, and assuming all other normal criteria are met and the workshop or class goes forward, the above cancellation policies are in effect.