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"Rivers, Creeks & Wetlands in Watercolor" (February 2024) with Catherine Hillis

with Catherine Hillis

Thursday & Friday (9am - 4pm)

February 8, 9, 2024

Art League Academy

(106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC)


Artist and Guest Instructor, Catherine Hillis for this exciting
2-Day watercolor workshop for ALL levels of watercolor students!
This two-day workshop will focus on the wonderful watery views around Hilton Head. Students will work with the composition and design first, and then move on to paint watery landscapes in watercolors. Marshes and the surrounding waterways will be our topics as students explore how to paint reflections and how to evoke atmosphere in their piece. The instructor provides multiple demonstrations and plenty of one-on-one coaching.
Please bring photo references of your own copyright.

If you've been feeling frustrated with your painting technique, this course is for you!

SKILL LEVEL: This class is great for beginner, intermediate and advanced watercolor students. 

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Materials Included: No materials are included in this class. A list of materials you should bring with you will be provided upon registration.
Requirements: SUPPLIES LIST:

Click HERE for a printable PDF of the RIVERS, CREEKS & WETLANDS IN WATERCOLOR supplies list.

Use only professional paper and paint. Poor quality paper and paint will leave you disappointed and frustrated. If you already have supplies, bring what you have and let's use it up!

Photos to paint from that are your own copyright. Make it a photo of a scene you deeply love or will enjoy painting.

or paper for sketching (optional.)

Arches, Artistico Fabriano, Saunders Waterford, Kilimanjaro & Jack Richeson. Bring either a good quality watercolor "block" 140lb cold pressed (10" x 14" or larger) or sheets of professional paper (with masking tape and board to tape paper onto). Please don't bring amateur, student grade, Strathmore or Canson paper to class

Water container, paper towels, pencil, kneaded eraser, various size spray bottles for water, hair dryer

I like to use a large square or circular palette (Quiller palette or the Robert E Wood Palette) with a lid and deep wells on all sides. You need lots of space for mixing. You can also use a butchers tray or large paper or white china plates. Don't bring a small children's palette to class; it's not suitable and will leave you frustrated.

One medium round brush, size of your choice: #8, #9, #10 or #12. One small round brush, size of your choice: #2, #3 or #4. One 1" or 2" flat brush with very soft (not hard) bristles. Any additional brushes any size or shape. (Riggers, Flats or Rounds.) I recommend brands such as Isabey, Petit, Gris, Raphael Soft Aqua, Princeton Neptune, Dick Blick, Cheap Joe's Journey, Stephen Quiller.)

Color is personal so if you already have paint, please use it. Use ONLY professional grade paint such as: Daniel Smith, Mijello, Windsor Newton, Maimeri, Holbein, DaVinci, etc. Do NOT buy Cotman or Grumbacher Academy paints. They are Student Grade and cannot provide the colors you're looking for.. Feel free to buy a professional pan set up made by the professional companies named above. It's easier to pack. Here is what is on Catherine's palette, but know that it changes with topic..

YELLOWS: Hansa Yellow or Aureolin Yellow, Raw Sienna, Perinone Orange and Burnt Sienna

BLUES & VIOLETS: Quinacridone Magenta, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Violet, Lavender

REDS: Quinacridone Rose or Permanent Rose, A Medium Red, such as Red Hot Mama

GREENS: (I usually mix my own green, but if you must buy green, pick one of these
Skip's Green (American Journey Brand or a Light Yellow Green), Perylene Green, Permanent Green, DS Serpentine Genuine, DS Green Apatite


1.Dick Blick Art Supplies
2.Jerry's Art-a-Rama
3.Cheap Joe's Art Supplies

Instructor: Catherine Hillis
Instructor Bio:
CATHERINE HILLIS has enjoyed the arts all her life. She won awards for her artwork as a child and was a musician in high school and college. Catherine acted and modeled in print and television ads as a youngster, later majoring in Theatre at the University of Georgia. She knew she would always be involved in the arts in some way.

After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude, from the University of Georgia, Hillis continued her Master of Fine Art studies at the University of Texas. Her journalist husband's career took her to different cities, finally settling in the Virginia and Washington D.C. area, where she established her reputation as a fine art watercolor artist and a popular instructor. In late 2017, she moved to St. Simons Island, on the coast of southern Georgia, to continue her work, inspired by the low country, the beach, and the spirit of the area.

Hillis works both in the studio and outdoors. During the past few years, the artist has traveled extensively to Plein Air competitions, fulfilling her love for painting nature and history. She is drawn to scenes that are often forgotten or neglected and find the intrinsic beauty in them. Hillis believes that observation is her best teacher and she is known for the effect of light and movement in her work.

Hillis has won hundreds of awards and honors at competitive shows regionally and nationally. She's earned eight Signature Memberships from national watercolor organizations and was one of 40 elected members of the prestigious Washington Society of Landscape Painters. The artist regularly competes in international watercolor exhibitions as well as Plein Air competitions and invitational shows. Her painting, "Gift From the Sea," was recently included in an international watercolor exhibition in the Quingdao Laotian Museum of Art, China and she served as an artist in residence in Dinan, France (2007) and at Hot Springs National Park (2010).

Catherine Hillis was a respected instructor teaching classes at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA, and at Frederick Community College as well as workshops nationally and abroad. Her watercolor paintings are included in museum, corporate and personal collections and have been published in many venues, including Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Watercolor Artist Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, American Artist Magazine, Splash 12, Splash 14, Splash 18, the Artistic Touch series of water-media books, The Washington Post, the Best of America Watercolor Artists & Artisans, Volume 1 and the Best of Virginia Artists & Artisans 2005. Hillis teaches a series of brief watercolor lessons on

Please visit Catherine's website, or click HERE for more information regarding galleries, original artwork and classes.

You can also email Catherine at
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