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Introduction to Watercolor

November 14, 2014 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


mix redUpdate: Go to door #4 and tell them you are here for the drawing workshop. Your admission will be free. Part of the deal is that we stick around and sketch in public places and be friendly about people looking over our shoulders. Please stay and sketch awhile if you can. Bring a portable stool. You can also arrive as early as 10:00 AM and start drawing!

Learn tricks and methods to handle watercolor in the field. With a few logistical tweaks, watercolor is a portable, compact, and easy to use field system. We will explore color theory and why mixing with red, blue, and yellow is a sure-fire way to make mud. There are some tricks that make it a lot easier to control. I will show the basic skills you need to master to get watercolor to work for you.

If you already have a watercolor kit, see my blog post Choosing Watercolors for more pigment suggestions. If you do not have a kit, see my blog post Pimp my palette for a good starter system.

Bonus: Pick up one of Jack’s socks to wear on your wrist as a brush cleaning rag. Wear it with pride.

Meet in the Naturalist Center Classroom. No admission required. Participants are encouraged to stay at the Academy after the class and draw in the museum. Share your work with other visitors and show them how much fun it is to explore nature in this way. If you plan to stay and sketch, a folding stool is a must.


November 14, 2014
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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Nature Journal Club
(415) 310-7592


California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States
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(415) 379-8000