Painting Water with Watercolor



If you are inspired to paint landscapes that have flowing water or water reflections, join JoAnn Pippin to learn watercolor tips and techniques especially focused on water environments. We will paint four scenes based on various water conditions.  There will be a weekly recorded demonstration, a reference photo, and a transferable drawing for you to download and follow along with as you paint. You will learn to plan compositions, choose colors to create moods, and use both brush and non-brush techniques to imitate nature. 

This class is for students with some experience.


Online, featuring a mix of 4 recorded demonstration sessions and 5 live online sessions.   Recorded sessions will feature a demonstration of a waterfall with its rocky surroundings, motion in a disturbed pool, reflections of trees and rocks,  and sunset color in sky and water. You will be able to replay the recording as you paint the demonstration painting or similar subjects. You will then send images of your work(s) to the instructor via email.  JoAnn will review the work in a weekly live critique.  The first class is a live session devoted to questions about supplies and equipment.  


Watercolor brushes, paper, and paints with a warm and a cool version of each primary color and the neutral colors Payne’s gray and burnt sienna. Waterproof backboard such as Gatorboard, a stapler which can open up, and neutral masking tape.  Also a palette that can be closed airtight with space to mix colors.  Water containers, spray bottle, paper towels, small toilet paper roll, scissors.  For non-brush techniques, masking fluid, a toothbrush, straws, kosher and table salt, and an old credit card are good tools.  Email JoAnn for paint brand and brush suggestions.


Internet Connection and the ability to download Zoom.  Computer or tablet, or phone with screen large enough to view demonstrations.

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Monday, October 14, 2024 to Monday, November 11, 2024
Mondays, 700-8:00 pm for Live Critique, plus recorded demos
Delivery Method: 
Synchronous and Recorded Demos
At Home

Registration Information

PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. Registration for each class is open until the class fills or until 2 week days before the class begins, whichever comes first. If you miss the registration for this session we hope you will consider taking this class the next time it is offered. Please contact us at to be added to the mailing list if you would like to be notified when new classes are offered.

If you experience problems completing the registration, contact us at 828-262-7273.

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Cancellation Policy: 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.

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