Willow Heath is a visual artist, watercolor illustrator, art educator, and storyteller. Willow spent her early childhood off-the-grid in the remote Alaskan wilderness, an experience that is reflected in Willow’s art and unique teaching methods. Willow has been exhibiting her paintings in galleries for 20 years and instructing art courses to adults and youth since 2000. Willow’s visual art is composed of watercolor vignette inspirations, each displaying Willow’s eye for detail, realism, and experimentation of the medium. “As a visual artist I create paintings from my personal inspirations, as a teacher I guide my students through the building blocks to create and draw upon their own inspirations. I feel it is integral to enjoy the process of art as much as the outcome. With this in mind I design curriculum that reflect both the inspirational and academic qualities within the creative process.”
9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
  • 140lb cold press watercolor paper (not cotton), recommended Strathmore 400 Series 9X12 pad
  • 1 watercolor pan set – high quality. Recommended: Angora Watercolor Pan 14 color set OR Winsor & Newton Travel Kit 12 color(plus one tube of black watercolor paint)
  • 1 round synthetic watercolor brush size 0/1 and assorted sizes 3-6. Recommended: Princeton Series 4350 Synthetic Golden Taklon Round
  • 1 flat watercolor wash brush/size 1 inch
  • 1 Micron permanent black fine tip pen
  • 1 pencil and non-marking erasure
  • 1 roll artist’s tape (note: artist’s tape is not painter’s tape) masking fluid: Winsor and Newton OPTIONAL: Supernib Masquepen masking fluid tip
  • paper towels
  • 1 roll, Saral Brand transfer paper: graphite color 8X10
  • assorted reference photos (personal or fashion photography) close-up faces only
Expose yourself to techniques, tips, and special effects for creating deceptively simple expressive watercolor portraits in a relaxed beginner’s studio environment with step-by-step demonstrations and discussions. From loose expressive brush strokes to controlled realistic glazing, we will explore the foundations of painting portraits in watercolor.