Watercolor at the Conservatory w/Michelle Lassalin

Friday-Sunday | 4/5-4/7 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.


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: HB, 2B, 4B
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Permanent waterproof pen: preferred is Micron size 03 or larger
  • 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
    • brown madder
    • cad yellow
    • yellow ochre
    • cobalt blue
    • prussian blue
    • sap green
    • burnt umber
    • paynes gray
  • Paint palette
  • Container for water (plastic cup is fine)
  • Watercolor brushes: assortment of small to medium rounds and a medium/large flat. Recommended: rounds #1,4,10; Flats #6, 12.
  • Small bottle of watercolor masking fluid/liquid frisket
  • old paintbrush (small) or wooden nib pen to apply masking fluid OR “Masquepen” with fine-tip applicator bottle.
  • Sketchbook: At least 120lb for both wet and dry media OR a drawing sketchbook and a separate watercolor sketchbook/block. Recommend hot press paper for watercolor sketchbook
  • Painters tape/blue masking tape
  • Optional: liquid frisket remover (similar to a gum eraser)
Learn to capture the details of nature in watercolor by painting in the Volunteer Park Conservatory. Students will learn the basic techniques of watercolor starting in the classroom with tonal sketches in pencil, then using masking fluid and wet-on-dry techniques to create layers of transparent color. We will explore different compositions and strategies for choosing subject matter by spending time sketching in the nearby Conservatory, an incredible botanical collection with plants from all over the world spread throughout its five display houses.