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

September 29 – October 1, 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.

  • Masks inside our buildings are optional until further notice.

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Julie Gilbert Pollard

Julie Gilbert Pollard

Phoenix artist, Julie Gilbert Pollard, paints in oil and watercolor in a fluid, painterly manner. Her painting style, while representational, is colored with her own personal concept of reality. “The eye may see as a camera ‘sees’, but the mind’s eye sees an altered, imagined image, what it wants and hopes to see. It’s that illusive image, uniquely mine, along with a heightened sense of ‘realness’ that I try to express in my paintings. This world of ours is often a frightening and mysterious place, but it 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 on canvas or paper.”

Julie is the author of three North Light Books, Discover Oil Painting (2016), Watercolor Unleashed (2013) and Brilliant Color (oil & acrylic, 2009), plus nine videos for North Light/ArtistsNetwork.com (three Watercolor Unleashed, four Oil Painting Unleashed and two Acrylic Unleashed). Additional publications include various articles and book inclusions including most recently Watercolor Artist (April 2018), Splash 18 (2017) and AcrylicWorks 3 (2016).

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; Beach Art Group in Panama City Beach, Florida, Saanich Peninsula Arts and Crafts Society in Sidney, B.C., Canada and Vale do Lobo in Portugal. Current (2018) venues include, among others, Scottsdale Artists’ School, Shemer Arts Center and Sedona Arts Center in Arizona; and Sierra Watercolor Society in Reno, NV.

A frequent award winner, Julie’s oils and watercolors have hung in numerous juried and gallery exhibits, including in 2018, 9th Annual International Signature American Watermedia Exhibition, Fallbrook Art Center, CA. Most notable awards: Best Impressionistic Painting in Best of America, National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, 2012 and Best Use of Light & Color in Best of America, National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, 2011.

She is a signature member of the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, Arizona Watercolor Association and San Diego Watercolor Society. Her work is included in many private and corporate collections and is represented in Arizona by Esprit Decor Gallery in Phoenix, Raku Gallery in Jerome and Sedona Arts Center Gallery in Sedona.


Julie Gilbert Pollard, Instructor

C 602-448-6195      JulieGilbertPollard@cox.net      www.JulieGilbertPollard.com

I prefer a travel palette with tube paints. For plein air I like M. Graham with a few Sennelier and one Daniel Smith. M. Graham and Sennelier, both made with honey, they re-activate with water better than other brands I’ve tried. I squeeze out sizable amounts into my travel palette and allow them to solidify so they don’t leak out during travel. For a 3-day event, I don’t need to bring the tubes. For a 5-day workshop I bring the tubes, just to be safe. This is a slightly different color/brand palette from my studio colors/brands but there is crossover. Another option: full- or half-pan watercolors – often sold in a travel kit palette with pre-selected colors, but you can buy individual pans as well. Though it’s NOT necessary for you to have same brands or colors, I like the following limited palette:

  • Hansa or Azo Yellow
  • Nickel Azo Yellow
  • Gamboge OR Indian Yellow
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Quinacridone Red
  • Quinacridone Rose
  • Rose of Ultramarine (the 1 Daniel Smith)
  • Cobalt Violet
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Prussian Blue
  • Manganese Blue Hue

OPTIONAL – a few “emergency opaques”: white and/or very light colors (these do not go into my palette of colors as listed above) – here are a few I sometimes use to re-claim lost whites/lights:

  • Titanium White Gouache or Casein, Acrylic Gouache Matte or Liquid Matte (no particular brands)
  • Holbein Watercolor, Jaune Brillant #1
  • Acrylic Gouache in pale primary colors


  • #8 round
  • ¾” Aquarelle
  • #4 “Quill”
  • #4 Winsor & Newton Pointed Round
  • ½” Aquarelle
  • Mop or Hake brush for dusting off eraser crumbs

Compact travel watercolor brushes that have a cap that not only protects the brush head but securely fits on the end of the brush to lengthen the handle are great for plein air work.


100% rag, 140# watercolor paper, cold press or rough – torn or cut into smaller sizes – or other types of support – 11×14 is the largest size I use but usually choose 8×10 or 9×12 to keep supplies less bulky and as light as possible – my favorites:

  • Arches 140 lb rough watercolor tablet, along with a same-size support-board or “Plexiglas” and bulldog clips
  • Arches watercolor blocks (I currently favor Arches but other brands are fine as well)
  • Crescent Illustration Board (cold press, medium weight #310) pre-cut into smaller sizes
  • Archival canvas boards on which I’ve applied Golden Watercolor Ground prior to the trip


  • Watercolor palette – personal choice – I use a Mijello 18 well travel palette.
  • Collapsible water container
  • 2B drawing pencils, or personal choice and a pencil sharpener
  • “Vanish” eraser (Jerry’s Artorama), “Click eraser”, gum eraser or kneadable eraser
  • Sketchbook and/or watercolor sketchbook
  • Spray bottle that has a fine mist spray
  • White facial tissues – NON-lotion
  • Baby wipes for quick clean-up
  • Trash bags
  • Backpack


In addition to your painting supplies, here are some additional items to consider:

  • Camera, extra batteries, extra memory cards (I use a digital camera with my phone as back-up.)
  • Electronic tablet such as iPad, Samsung, etc. is wonderful for viewing images later in studio.
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket
  • Drinking water
  • Snacks and/or lunch
  • Insect repellent: wipes, spray, etc.
  • Artist’s tape, masking tape or duct tape may come in handy
  • Knit gloves with the fingertips cut off
  • Towel to sit on
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothes appropriate for the terrain and weather.

I stress that the supplies listed above are what I prefer but are only my suggestions – please understand that you are more than welcome to use your own favorites!

Below is my MAXIMAL list of supplies – just in case you’re interested!



  • Portable field easel
  • Small folding stool – OR whatever YOU usually use for plein air painting. (Many people, including myself at times, just find a rock or wall to sit on and put their drawing board on their lap or the ground. When using an easel, I use an “EASyL Lite” – http://artworkessentials.com/Index.htm  – (the Mijello palette fits into it perfectly)
  • I also have an Art Comber, a folding chair on wheels with large supply compartment which I love – but it depends      on space in vehicle. NOT for air travel.
  • An umbrella that clamps onto your easel or chair may be a good idea, but I usually don’t use one.
  • Small pliers or nut cracker for stuck-on lids
  • Apron
  • Backpack with wheels – except for the tripod that my easel fits onto, all of my watercolor equipment fits into this backpack.

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

  • 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 August 29, 2022. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after August 29, 2022.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important Message Regarding the Cancellation/Refund Policy:

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.