Basic Watercolor Painting

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Saturday July 11

9:00 AM  –  11:00 AM

Preregistration is required.

Enhance your artistic skills and spark your creativity as Cynthia Kukla, Emerita Professor of Art, provides a quick tutorial on sketching followed by a quick overview of watercolor painting basics. We will then paint in the Garden.

About the instructor: Cynthia Kukla, Watercolor Honor Society, Emerita Professor of Art has taught watercolors in the U.S. and abroad, and exhibits her watercolors nationally.

Where to meet: This relaxing class meets in the Pollinator Garden near the Abner Hollow Cabin. Class will be moved inside during inclement weather.   

Registrants are responsible for their own materials. Please bring the following:

  • A mat to sit on (chairs will be provided)
  • 2 bowls and 1 plastic jar with lid for water
  • Pocket sketch book for quick sketches
  • #2 pencils or basic art pencils
  • A good eraser (plastic art eraser)
  • Watercolor set: Prang, Cotman, Winsor Newton or other pan or tube set
  • OR individual colors (If you do not have all these colors, don’t worry. This is a great starter list of colors to use as a guide. If you have more colors than this basic group, bring them along.)
    • Cadmium yellow light or Hansa yellow light
    • Yellow ochre
    • Burnt sienna
    • Cadmium red light
    • Alizarine Crimson
    • Violet or purple
    • Pthalocyanine or Winsor blue
    • Ultramarine blue
    • Hooker’s green
  • Watercolor pad or block: Canson, Strathmore, Aquarelloor other “house” brands. Buy 1 or 2 "postcard" watercolor pads and if advanced, 1 pad or block that is at least 9 inches x 12 inches. Do not buy multipurpose paper, only watercolor paper.
  • Brushes: Buy individual watercolor brushes.  Good brushes aren’t cheap. Don’t buy only small brushes (#1 or #2), you should also have a round #6 or #8 and a #10 or #12.  Also, buy 1-2 large bamboo brushes, about $3 each.
  • Miscellaneous: cloth rags, plastic watercolor palette $1.50-$15.00
  • Supplies are available at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby or online at Dick Blick.
  • Be sure to bring a full water bottle — this program will take place entirely outside. While there is some shade, sun screen is recommended.
  • Face mask: Please bring your own mask. Whether indoors or outdoors, masks are required at all Cincinnati Nature Center programs. As the instructor will be providing some one on one instruction, it is important to plan to wear a mask during this program. Masks are required to be worn while inside all facilities (for example, Rowe Visitor Center, restroom, etc.).

 Members $10; nonmembers $19 (includes daily admission).


*Please note that cancellations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the event. No refunds or transfers of fees will occur if the request is made less than two weeks prior to the event. All programs continue, rain or shine.

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