Watercolor - Painting Nature Close-Ups in Watercolor


If you are been drawn to the patterns created by nature, this class is for you.  We will work on a close-up painting of subjects and textures found in the forest or the garden--think of fallen leaves, twisted tree trunks, beach rock piles, fruit or blossoms on a branch, butterflies on flowers. The goal is to use negative painting techniques to illustrate these subjects, and to explore color and composition.  We will also use some non-brush tricks to add texture to your paintings.

Course Format

Online, featuring a mix of 5 recorded demonstration sessions and 5 live online critiques of students’ work.   The 2-hour recorded sessions will feature a demonstration of negative painting, pouring, and other techniques you can use to paint colorful and textured natural elements. During the week following the demonstration you will be able to replay the session as you paint similar subjects using images from your own photos, or the demonstration painting.  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, 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, stapler, scissors.  Consult a wishlist for JoAnn Pippin’s students at https://www.cheapjoes.com/ 


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

JoAnn Pippin is a Signature Member of both the Southern Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Society of North Carolina who offers classes at the Florence Thomas Art School, the Watauga County Arts Council, and the Michael R. Patricelli Craft Enrichment Program, and leads a watercolor-paint-together group at the Harrill Senior Center in Boone, will teach this 5-session watercolor class. 

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Watercolor leaves
Watercolor Rocks
Watercolor Trees
Morning Glories Painting
Monday, March 1, 2021 to Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Mondays, 7:00-8:00pm
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 until2 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 Marissa Winkler at winklerml@appstate.edu 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 Marissa Winkler at 828-262-2930 or email  winklerml@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

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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