Adult Programs

Loose Watercolor Techniques (online)

Discover a fresh and fluid way to loosen up with watercolors and capture the vibrancy of nature. This four-week class is designed specifically for the intermediate artist who wants to let go of “perfect” but still achieve expressive images of nature.

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Discover a fresh and fluid way to loosen up with watercolors and capture the vibrancy of nature. This four-week class is designed specifically for the intermediate artist who wants to let go of “perfect” but still achieve expressive images of nature. Set aside strict botanical accuracy and experiment with lively color and loose brush strokes that allow your subject to jump off the page. 

In the first week, Dan will present the lively and spirited nature of watercolor. He will then support his lesson with a full painting demonstration. At the end of the first session, Dan will distribute a simple photo reference, with a line drawing so you can complete your watercolor at home, on your own schedule. Email a photo of your work and send it to Dan for a casual and helpful review of everybody’s artwork during week two. Continue learning and practicing in weeks three and four, with a new demo of techniques, practice, and review.

How do I access the program?

  • Your link to join the program will be included in the Order Summary email you receive after registering. Keep this email handy!
  • Click on the link at the scheduled date and time. 

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Prerequisite:

Intro to Watercolor or equivalent experience recommended.  

Supplies: 

  • Brushes: 
    • Two FLAT brushes (1 inch and 1/2 inch in size) 
    • Two ROUND brushes (#12 and #6 sizes)
  • Drawing Sketch Pad: approximately 6×8
  • A hard board, larger than 12×16 inches (We will tape paper to the board).
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Masking tape (1 inch wide) 
  • Palette (ideally with a cover and at least 16 wells for paints, but use what you have; a plastic or ceramic plate will do in a pinch!)
  • Two pencils: HB (med) and 2B (soft)
  • Kitchen sponge (approximately 4×6 inches)
  • TUBE paint: Ultramarine Blue, Turquoise Blue, Sap Green, New Gamboge, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarine Crimson
  • Six sheets of good 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper, sized 12×16 inches
  • Water container

Notes:

  • This program will take place using Zoom. You will need access to the internet via a computer or mobile device to participate. 
  • Registrants will receive a Zoom link by email. To ensure you receive the link, please add education@mortonarb.org to your address book. Click on the link to join the program at the scheduled date and time. 
  • Automatically generated captions will be available.
  • Limit 16

Daniel Danielson, watercolor artist

After studying under renowned Irving Shapiro at The American Academy of Art, Daniel Danielson continued on to an exciting career as a creative director in Chicago. Soon after retiring, he began painting and teaching full-time. Dan’s painting style captures the fresh, transparent, and fluid qualities of watercolor, while his teaching style makes painting fun. He is an award-winning Signature Member of The Transparent Watercolor Society of America and a board member of The Illinois Watercolor Society.

 

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