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Fearless Watercolor for Field Sketching

October 23, 2021 @ 9:00 am - October 24, 2021 @ 11:30 am PDT


Adding watercolor to your field notebooks and nature journals need not be an elaborate and frustrating exercise in juggling dozens of colors and brushes.

Naturalist and field sketch artist Roseann Hanson will introduce you to the simple technique of mixing any color you need from a triad—three primary colors (a cyan, a magenta, and a yellow) —plus her own preferred “bonus” colors of burnt sienna and a dark blue.

It’s not hard, and it’s fast, simple, and fun—guaranteed to change your approach to adding color to your field sketches and free you from the tyranny of complexity and frustration.

You may use your own paints (we will supply a list of recommendations) or order a complete Minimalist Paint Kit (mini paint kit and palette, waterbrush, rag, clip, and mini spray bottle) or a mini paint tin with sample paints, and paint along.

Length: 5 hours over two days

When: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Arizona time (Phoenix) Saturday, October 23 and an in-person or virtual field trip Sunday, October 24 from 9–11 am

Start time: 9:00 am Arizona time (Phoenix) / GMT – 7

(Having trouble figuring out time zones?Use this calculator: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html )

Format: online via Zoom on Saturday (you will receive a log-in link) as well as optional live in person field trip with dial-in option:

Live Field Trip option: Meet at Desert Lab courtyard cactus garden Sunday for live practice session or dial in by Zoom with Roseann to consult from your own location

Saturday — 3 hours live on Zoom including a 30-minute break

9–11 am live instruction / demos and encouraging students to follow along.

11–11:30 am —[Lunch / wellness / stretching break]

11:30 am – 12:30 pm — discussions, sharing, and further instruction

Sunday — 2 hours

9-11 am — live practice at the Desert Lab courtyard cactus garden and remote dial-in via Zoom for those out of the region who want to consult with Roseann on color

Cost: $85 for two partial days

Optional Supplies Kits (purchase by October 17) — postage included:

  • $29 mini paint tin with 6 paint pans and 5 paint samples

  • $35 small paint tin with 10 paint pans and 5 paint samples

  • $65 Minimalist Paint Kit with mini paint tin and 5 paint samples, water brush, microfiber rag, pen, Clear Perspex Palette-Easel with Magnet Strip and dry-erase marker

Access: You will receive log-in instructions after purchasing the class.

SIGN UP HERE: OFFERED THROUGH THE DESERT LABORATORY ON TUMAMOC HILL. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fearless-watercolor-for-field-sketching-tickets-181232299687

Roseann Hanson is the Art and Science Program Coordinator for the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill, and she offers tutorials and workshops and field arts tools at her Field Arts Institute 


October 23, 2021 @ 9:00 am PDT
October 24, 2021 @ 11:30 am PDT
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CA United States


Roseann Hanon – Field Arts Institute
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