Outdoor Spring Watercolor Class

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 Supply List

Instructor: Barbara Powderly

Date: March 27, 2021

Time: 2pm – 5pm

Cost: $30 per person *Participants are required to purchase their own supplies in advance. Information on these items can be found below, or click on the supply list above!

Level: This class is suitable for students of all levels. Register online or through our Box Office.

Class minimum: A minimum of 4 participants are required for this class to be viable. If 4 participants are not registered by 5:00pm on March 26, the class will be postponed to a later date.

Be part of the growing plein air movement! Come paint outdoors as we explore the spring colors on the beautiful grounds of the Louisa Arts Center. We will discuss color temperatures, value sketches, mixing paint, and describing the atmosphere. I will also introduce you to non-traditional materials for some fun mark-making. Choose a scene or paint studies of natural objects. Please note, if it rains, we will move indoors and work from collected natural objects or bring some from home such as shells or leaves.

You will need to purchase your own supplies for this course (or bring friends and share the paint and paper). Choosing materials can be overwhelming so to make it easy for you, a supply list is ready for you at dickblick.com Note that some items are required and some are recommended. However, feel free to find your own equivalents if you prefer, or use pastels if you have them! By owning your materials, you can return for more paint outs in the future. (Be sure to scroll to the bottom for additional information.)

Additional supplies needed/recommended:

If students have their own plein air easels/tripods or other supplies, please feel free to use them.

Chair or stool

Sketchpad or notebook for rough sketching

Cell phone with camera (to use as a viewfinder)

Hat/cap to shade eyes

Dress for the weather. Wear layers in neutral colors (so they don’t reflect onto your paper).

Ziplock bag to hold wet paint palette

Bag for garbage (in case of wind)

Bulldog clips or masking tape (in case of wind)

Beverage of choice: water, coffee, hot chocolate, etc.


Face masks (in case we go indoors or while talking in close proximity to others)

LAC provides: Water, water cans, paint cups, squirt bottles, paper towels, pencils, sharpeners, erasers, tables