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"Watercolor for Beginners" (May 2023) with Joanna Chalson


with Joanna Chalson

Tuesdays (12:30 to 3:30pm) 
May 2, 9, 23, 30, 2023.

*NOTE: There will be no class on May 16, 2023.

Art League Academy
(Located South-Island at 106 Cordillo Parkway)


Joanna Chalson will be offering a 4 week beginning watercolor class. This is great for those with little to no experience using the watercolor medium, and for those who have taken some classes but really want help improving their technique.

Each week will offer a new lesson that builds upon the last. There will be demonstrations, critique and a lot of one-on-one individual help. We hope you can join us for this class!



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Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Join Art League Instructor Joanna Chalson for this class perfect for beginners!
Materials Included: No materials are included in this class. A list of materials you should bring with you will be provided upon registration.
Requirements: PLEASE BRING:

A Watercolor Palette or Plastic Plates

A Small Spray Bottle

Some Paper Towels
(Choose a GOOD brand such as VIVA)

BRUSHES:Buy the best that you can for WATERCOLOR only
#6 Round, #10 Round and a 1" Flat

NOTE: If you would like to wait to purchase brushes, the instructor will bring some that you can use.

**PLEASE Do Not buy brushes in sets. They are not good quality and often are not all meant for watercolor.

PAINT: I recommend purchasing brand name watercolor paints such as Grumbacher or Grumbacher academy, or Windsor Newton. If you want to start small, get the "set" of watercolor paints called Grumbacher academy. You can add and upgrade the set later.

YELLOWS: Cadmium yellow, Yellow Ochre, Lemon Yellow, Aureolin Yellow
REDS: Thalo Crimson, Rose Madder, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red
BLUES: Windsor Blue (Thalo Blue), Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue
GREENS: Sap Green, Windsor Green, Viridian Green
BROWNS: Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna
WHITE: Titanium White
BLACK: Payne's Gray

A Pencil

Pink Pearl or Magic Rub Eraser

A Plastic Water Container

Colored Pencils: Set of 12 or more. Derwent brand, or Caran D'Ache Aquarelle pencils (a little expensive but good). *Not a requirement, but VERY fun.

PAPER: 140lb Arches Watercolor paper, Cold Press. You can buy this paper in sheets and one sheet will make several paintings. Or, you can purchase Arches Natural White watercolor block, size of your choice.

NOTE: The Academy Has Sheets of Arches for Sale at a significant discount. Email to inquire.

NOTE: If you are new to watercolor, Joanna can show you what to buy in the first class, but you can and should purchase your paints ahead of time.

Instructor: Joanna Chalson
Instructor Bio:
JOANNA CHALSON has studied at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the University of Chicago graduate school of Art. She holds a BFA from Wittenberg University and a Masters in Art Education from Manhattanville College. While at the University of Chicago, she received the Rosenberg Printmaking Award Award. Other shows include The Ohio Printmakers Show, where she received honorable mention in printmaking; Art Association Show (New Rochelle, NY); Art On The Mountain (Wilmington, VT) and the White Plains, NY Outdoor Art Show where she received honorable mention in printmaking. Her etchings have been shown at the Bridge Gallery, Westchester County Court House, White Plains, NY, and the Images Gallery, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. One of her monoprints was chosen Best-in-Show at the Hilton Head Plantation exhibit. Her watercolor, the Victorian Wedding Dress won Best in Show (The Golden Ear Award) at Art League of Hilton Heads Metamorphosis Show in 2011″.
She has worked as an art teacher in the Mad River-Green Public Schools (Springfield Ohio), the Lancing Iowa Public Schools, Marymount International School,(Rome, Italy), and the Hartsdale School, (Elmsford, NY). She taught art to adults for fourteen years in New York prior to moving to Hilton Head. She is currently teaching at ALHH Academy.


I am currently teaching at ALHH Academy. I feel drawing is an essential tool for expressing your ideas. In my drawing classes, we use man-made and natural objects as our subject matter. We also discover how line, texture, and form create structure on the paper's surface. I believe if you can write your name, you can draw! Watercolor is an extension of drawing. We just add color and some knowledge of how the medium can change the surface of the paper. I feel everyone should strive for his or her own style and be confident of one's individual vision in order to achieve one's own best creative self. I love art, and I love to share my art experience with others.
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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.