Watercolor Painting - East Meets West - Not Offered Spring 2020


The great watercolor master, Edgar A Whitney said, “Decide the essence of a thing-then explain it with the fewest possible strokes.” The practice of Chinese painting, the oldest living art in the world, will teach you to do just this. The swift, bold brush strokes dance across the paper leaving you with the essence of bamboo, orchids, chrysanthemums and plum blossoms and other subjects while leaving out unnecessary detail. The spontaneity of brush strokes, loading the brush with layers of color or ink translate to watercolor with ease. Use of these techniques for watercolor will be demonstrated. We will discuss Chinese composition, history and philosophy and how it relates to art today. Come join us to explore all the possibilities this art has to offer to improve your watercolor paintings.

Instructor: Susan Wilders

Dates:  Saturdays, Nov 2. - Nov. 23    (4 weeks)  
Time:  9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cost:  $ 130   *See Supply List Below
Location: Edwin Duncan Hall  #313

Enrollment: 15


Students can bring their own Chinese painting supplies or purchase a beginners Kit from www.blueheronarts.com  ($79.99)

*We recommend waiting until 2 weeks before class begins to order (to ensure class meets enrollment).  Some supplies are available for the first class as needed.  (For questions about supplies, contact Sue at her studio 828-355-9751.)

Chinese Painting Supply List Includes:

  • Ink cake (more convenient)
  • Marie’s Chinese watercolors
  • Magic cloth (you can practice with water and then it fades; can be used over and over!)
  • 1 Flow brush, 1 combination brush, Orchid-Bamboo brush, Landscape brush and Leaf vein brush as well a piston water brush- great for outdoor value sketches! These brushes have application in watercolor too.
  • Mulberry paper-30x18, unsized single Xuan paper-27x18, semi-sized Xuan paper-27x18.
  • Wool felt.

You will need a container for water, paper towels, a white ceramic plate or saucer. I will provide extra paint and containers to begin with.

Click here to register

PLEASE NOTE: You may cancel a craft class up to two weeks before the class begins, with a $30 cancellation fee assessed. No refunds are allowed within two weeks of the start date, nor after the class begins.

Susan Wilders  recently retired after 17 years as artist in residence at the Morikami Japanese Museum in Delray Beach Florida where she taught Sumi-e. She also taught Chinese Lingnan and Gong-bi Chinese art at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. In 2018 she was an artist in residence at the Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock. She has been painting for 28 years.  To see examples of her work go to www.celestialhorsestudio.com

PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. Registration for each class is open until the class fills or until 1 week before the class begins, whichever comes first. If you miss the registration for this semester we hope you will consider taking this class the next time it is offered. Please contact Elizabeth Fields at fieldsle1@appstate.edu to be added to the mailing list if you would like to be notified when new classes are offered.

Director: Michael Rall, craftenrichment@appstate.edu

Director Emeritus: Eric Reichard, reichardef@appstate.edu

If you experience problems completing the registration, contact Elizabeth Fields at 828-262-2944 or email fieldsle1@appstate.edu.

If you need accommodations due to a disability, contact the Office of Disability Services at least two weeks prior to the beginning of your Craft Enrichment class. (828) 262-3056.    ods.appstate.edu

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Director: Michael Rall

Director Emeritus: Eric Reichard

Registration: Elizabeth Fields

Department of Applied Design

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