Animals in Watercolor

Michelle Lassaline is a Seattle-based interdisciplinary artist working in watercolor painting and performance art. She was awarded a 2017 Artist Trust GAP grant and has received project funding from the City of Seattle, the Nevada Arts Council, and the Sierra Arts Foundation. She has exhibited and performed her work at the Nevada Museum of Art, the University of Nevada, Reno, and Central Washington University. In 2016, she became Artist-In-Residence at Isle Royale National Park, where she encountered a red fox for the first time. Her work is characterized by craftsmanship, accessibility, and a reverence for nature.
9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
  • Graphite drawing pencils 2B or softer
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Permanent waterproof pen: preferred is Micron size 03 or 05, or an assortment of sizes
  • Watercolor paints: set of tubes or individual tubes. We can work with what you have, or if buying new here are some recommended colors:
    • cad red
    • cad yellow
    • yellow ochre
    • cobalt blue
    • paynes gray
    • titanium white (gouache)
  • Paint palette
  • Container for water (plastic cup is fine)
  • Watercolor brushes: Rounds #1 and #6, 1/2″or larger mop brush
  • Sketchbook: At least 120lb for both wet and dry media OR a drawing sketchbook and a separate watercolor sketchbook.
  • Optional: Lyra water-soluble graphite crayon
This workshop will teach students how to draw animals and bring them to life with watercolor. We will cover basic animal anatomy starting with simple shapes and working up toward textures, movement, and emotion. We will explore gesture through quick sketches and longer studies. Using a combination of drawing techniques like pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor, students will learn to transform their anatomical animal drawings into life-like characters.