Expressive Watercolor Portraits

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.”
1/17-3/21 (no class 2/21)
9:30 A.M.- 12:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
  • 140lb cold press watercolor paper
  • 1 watercolor pan set artist quality or tubes if preferred (recommended: Angora Watercolor Pan 14 color set, or Winsor and Newton travel set)
  • 1 tube primary white watercolor or gouche.
  • 1 round synthetic watercolor brush size 0/1
  • assorted sizes 3-6 synthetic watercolor brush (recommended : Princeton Series 4350 Synthetic Golden Taklon Round)
  • 1 flat watercolor wash brush / size 1 inch
  • 1 pencil and non-marking erasure
  • 1 roll artist’s tape (note: artist’s tape is not painter’s tape)
  • paper towels
  • scissors
  • Saral Brand transfer paper: graphite color
  • masking fluid: Windor and Newton or Supernib Masquepen masking fluid pen
  • 8X10 assorted in focus reference photos of CLOSE-UP FACES on copy paper
  • natural sea salt(for watercolor effects)
Explore techniques, tips, and special effects for creating deceptively simple expressive watercolor portraits in a relaxed 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.
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