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Watercolor painting dates back to the Stone Age when charcoal, ochre and other natural pigments were used to depict Paleolithic animals and humans on the walls of caves. Later, the medium became a mainstay of Egyptian and Chinese art. Watercolor’s modern age took root in the Renaissance of 15th and 16th century Europe, and its popularity flourished in the 18th century when it was used to color topographical sketches and as a medium for fluid, spontaneous painting.

An artistic trifecta, the term watercolor refers to the medium, the method, and the resulting work. According to instructor Laura Stack, watercolor is about “going with the flow and responding to, rather than controlling, the outcome.”

This introductory course will familiarize participants with the properties of watercolor and basic watercolor techniques, including washes, wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, and glazing. Participants also will experiment with color mixing on the palette and directly on the paper, as well as by color layering.

Mornings will begin with lectures, demonstrations, and introduction to projects, which will focus on representation and abstraction using both still-life and the figure as references. Historical and contemporary watercolor paintings and images will be shared as inspiration.

The remainder of the time will be devoted to participant practice and work time, individual feedback from the instructor, and class critique.

No previous painting experience necessary. Participants will be required to purchase and/or provide their own supplies. A supply list will be sent upon registration. Complete kits are available at Wet Paint, Saint Paul for $30.

Laura Stack, MFA, University of Kansas, is a Minneapolis artist who teaches in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota. She is represented by Circa Gallery, is a member of Rosalux Gallery Collective, and has exhibited her work locally, nationally and internationally.

Offered in cooperation with the University’s Department of Art and the Regis Center for Art.

Cancellations are subject to a 10 percent processing fee if received five or fewer working days before the program start. Refunds are not granted if you cancel on or after the first day of the program. Notice may be emailed or faxed to: ccapsreg@umn.edu | 612-624-5359.

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