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"Watercolor: Layered Papers, Reflected Light" with Julie Schroeder (December 2024)

with Instructor Julie Schroeder 

Tuesday to Thursday (10am to 1pm)

December 10, 11, 12, 2024

Art League Academy

(106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC)

Join Us for this Exciting Class with Minnesota Based Instructor, Julie Schroeder. Discover and energize your inner artist and loosen up with exciting new watercolor techniques.

This will be a FUN class with watercolor techniques. Using color, texture, layering, expressive mark making, & splattering, we'll be experimenting with different professional papers.

In this workshop, our main project will be a lovely landscape created with handmade papers on 140lb watercolor paper. We'll be layering on beautiful rich color in a wet into wet beginning with a special technique combining papers layered onto the watercolor paper. This creates a beautiful textured 3-D look!

We will also be doing some smaller pieces exploring a variety of brush techniques. Be prepared to uncover the amazing qualities of watercolor. We will be doing some experimenting with fresh watercolors as well!

Experienced painters as well as those who are new to watercolors will both enjoy this fun and exciting day of exploration of watercolor. This class is perfect for all levels of experience. Come & have some fun, pouring & splattering paint & prepare to be amazed at the outcome. 


Julie will provide the fresh paints, paper, containers and boards for a $20 cash supply fee (additional to the registration fee & due the first day of the workshop). Students will still be responsible for bringing some additional items.

Ticket purchases to Art League of Hilton Head events are final. Credits or Refunds will not be given for missed or classes/workshops.

If a class or workshop is canceled by Art League of Hilton Head a full refund will be given.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: This class is GREAT for students of all levels, even those with no experience!
Materials Included: Students Should Bring the Supplies Listed Below
Requirements: Click HERE for a printable PDF of the WATERCOLOR supplies list.


NOTE: In addition to the supplies, you're responsible for bringing, students should bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for materials she will be providing to each of you for a special project you will be completing in this workshop.

PAPER Provided

1.5in or 2in wash brush
Round Brushes: Small, Med & Large
#3 oriental brush
#4 script brush
1 in flat brush
3/4 in angle brush

PALETTE: with paint in the wells already set up and dried


Spray bottle
Sea Sponge
Water Container
Pop-up tissue
Paper Towels
Drawing Pencil
Kneaded Eraser
2 or 3 x 12in x 16in flat boards (I use ply wood, foam core works too)
cotton hand towels
plastic wrap
wax paper
masking tape
a plastic palette knife

Daniel Smith or other professional grade paint. Colors are numbered with the importance of how I will be using them. Please have your paint set up in your palette and dry. I work with my paints already dried in the paint wells.

We may be experimenting with fresh paint so if you have a few tubes, you may bring them too. You don't need to use the same colors as i will be if you have your own favorite colors, please bring those. It's beneficial to have at least 2 of each primary color.

1) Quinacridone Rose
2) Lemon Yellow
3) Cobalt Blue
4) Quinacridone Burnt Orange
5) French Ultramarine Blue
6) Prussian Blue
7) Quinacridone Coral
8) Quinacridone Gold
9) Quinacridone Magenta
10) Manganese Blue Hue
11) Aureolin
12) Alizarin Crimson
13) Phthalo Green (Blue Shade)
14) Permanent Orange
15) Organic Vermillion
16) Iridescent Gold
17) Iridescent Jade

NOTE: If you have any questions about the supplies or are just giving watercolor a try and don't want to spend a lot on supplies, please call me at (651)352-5695, or email me at: I can either bring a supply kit for you or recommend a more economical way to give it a try.

If you know you will be doing watercolor for a long time, I recommend getting quality materials. They not only make painting a lot more fun, (less struggling), they usually last longer, so in the long-term, cost just about balances out with the cheaper materials.

I recommend Daniel Smith paints sold at Wet Paint or online, or if it's a specific color you need, If you let me know ahead of time, i can bring an extra tube. I will also have some extra paper for sale at $10 for a 30 inch by 22inch sheet, but please let me know 2 weeks prior to the workshop. If you have questions, please feel free to call!

Instructor: Julie Schroeder
Instructor Bio:
Born and raised on the outskirts of Montreal, JULIE SCHROEDER had the opportunity to explore nature.

The delicious beauty of a wild strawberry, the song of a redwing blackbird, and melting spring snow in the mountains still inspire her. As a teenager in Canada, she did sketches, colored pencil drawings, and using a candle to melt crayons, combined them with leaves, moss, and other natural objects.

I've always had a passion for observing life and living things. When I was young I spent my days exploring all the nearby fields, ponds, and streams for the secret life and treasures that lay hidden there. I would come home with a desire to express what I had seen. Using the tools I had available to me I dabbled in mixed media before I understood the term. I was drawn to watercolor in my late teens and discovered how amazing it is to watch what this medium can do. Spending summers trekking through the meadows and peaks of the alpine country of the Canadian Rockies, her love for nature turned into a passion for the wild places.

This is still expressed in her art today. As a scuba diver, exploring the ocean with sea turtles, stingrays, sharks, and giant manta rays has also been one of her favorite pastimes. After getting her degree at McGill University in teaching, she spent 5 years with the Inuit in Arctic Canada. That time of living with the people of the far north, became one of the most profound experiences in her life.

Julie says she can still hear the Canadian geese as they return in the spring to nest on the tundra, the wind as it howls across the treeless land, the echoing sound of walking across the frozen snow & the laughter of the Inuit children. The taste of wild arctic char & bannok while we ice-fished in spring is unforgettable. The blue Hudson Bay ice reflecting into frozen sundogs, the haunting sight of thousands of caribou in the fading arctic light & of course the mystifying dance of the multicolored northern lights overhead are memory treasures always carried in my heart. When I create art, I do it in celebration of the joy and beauty in humanity and nature. I enjoy merging the patterns of nature with aspects of feeling, impression, passion, and fantasy.

Art for Julie is expressing the diversity, grace, and wonder of our humanness in relationship to the living world. She is motivated to continually reach new levels of expression through her art, drawing the viewer into a greater awareness of their own connectedness with the living world around them. It's important to me to create art that speaks about people and nature in an intimate way. My hope is that when people experience my art it takes them on a journey of inner healing and deeper discovery. Through my art, I strive to uplift and encourage people to experience greater joy and love for others and for the living world that surrounds them. It's a privilege to be able to share my passion and awe for the incredible beauty and complexity of creation.

Julie has read extensively, experimented with, and taken many workshops in a variety of mediums. She's studied under nationally & internationally known artists. Julie's art has moved through different seasons in the 30 years since she bought her 1st set of real paints. Her painting approach has developed to a loose and freestyle, interpreting nature sometimes using collage along with paint.

Julie is teaching classes & workshops & is a member of the Northstar Watercolor Society & the Minnesota Watercolor Society. Her main body of work is shown at Kelley Gallery in Woodbury. She also shows her work at the Deadwood/Lead Center for the Arts in South Dakota as well as other galleries in the U.S. & Canada.

You can view Julie's website, by clicking HERE
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