The Powerful Medium of Watercolor: Art Elements and the Principle of Design with Susan Weintraub, AWS, NEWS, PWS

June 2 - June 4, 2017

Next Session: Friday, June 02, 2017 / 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Friday-Sunday, June 2-4, 2017 from 9am-4pm

This workshop will cover the art elements and principles of design that are crucial to a successful painting in any medium and how they apply to watercolor in particular. Through demonstrations, ample painting time, one-on-one instruction and daily critiques, we will review and practice traditional transparent watercolor techniques including, among others, flat, graded and variegated washes, control of hard, soft and lost edges, wet-on-wet and dry brush applications, color change and color mixing on the paper. Students will also, however, have the opportunity to explore and experience some contemporary approaches, with the ultimate goal of realizing the powerful and dramatic potential of this exciting medium.

$500/450 Member

Preregistration is required.

Registration deadline: May 23, 2017

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Susan's Biogrpahy

Susan Weintraub is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the North East Watercolor Society and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, and is on the Board of Directors of the Hudson Valley Art Association. She has won numerous awards from these and other organizations, including the Gold Medal of Honor from the American Watercolor Society in 2016, and she herself has served as a juror of selection and juror of awards for both regional and national watercolor exhibits. In the fall of 2016 she will be an invited artist at the Taiwan World Watercolor Competition and Exhibition. 

Susan’s work is included in many private and corporate collections including the permanent collections of the Art Students League and Bryant Park, both in New York City. She was a featured artist in the February issue of Watercolor Artist magazine and one of her paintings has been selected for Splash 18 to be published in June 2017.

Materials List

(These are the basic materials I use; you can get them or bring whatever you are comfortable with)


-Cadmium yellow                                -Sepia

-Cadmium lemon                                -Cerulean Blue

-New Gamboge                                  -Cobalt Blue

-Cadmium red                                     -French Ultramarine

-Permanent Alizarin Crimson           -Prussian blue

-Cadmium orange                              -Pthalo Green

-Burnt Sienna                                     -Payne’s Gray

-Burnt Umber                                       -Ivory black

-Yellow Ochre

-Watercolor Brushes:

-Synthetic flats in 1/4”, 1/2”, 1”, 2”

-Rounds - #4, 8, 12, 16 and a rigger

Bristle Brushes:

-Flats: #4, 12

-Hake brush: 2”


-White Designer’s Gouache (Lukas makes an inexpensive one)

-4-6 sheets of 140lb. watercolor paper - cold pressed or rough (size depends on drawing board size)

-Drawing pencil

-Sketchbook (any size)

-Kneaded eraser

-Single edge razor blade

-Masking tape - 3/4” or 1” wide

-Drawing board (Foam board or gatorboard big enough to hold your paper)

-2 water containers

-Spray bottle

-Butcher tray or palette to mix paint

-Roll of paper towels

--Reference photos - at least 12 images




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