2022 Summer Program


Class #24

Painting Lively & Luminous Landscapes in Watercolor

Chris Sommerfelt

June 5 - June 11, 2022

instructor imageThe Clearing is the perfect place to become immersed in and inspired by the beauty of nature. This watercolor class focuses on painting watercolor landscapes, both the long view and the intimate close up. You’ll learn how create the illusion of light in your paintings to make them come alive.

In this class, you’ll explore color mixing and handling the often elusive medium of watercolor. Watercolor basics include preparation for painting, including value studies and tips for good composition. Watercolor techniques, including wet-on-dry, wet-on-wet, glazing and dry brush will be explained. You’ll learn how to preserve your whites and lights through negative painting and how to avoid “muddy paintings.” You may paint outdoors at The Clearing if you wish, but demos will be done in the studio.

Students with basic watercolor experience through intermediate painters will benefit from this class. There will be targeted demos showing ways to paint skies, rocks, trees and water. These basics will be incorporated into demonstrations of larger paintings.

Chris Sommerfelt has been painting in watercolor for nearly 30 years, but her passion for art began in childhood. She graduated from college with a degree in commercial art and worked as a graphic designer for over 35 years, retiring in 2017 to devote more time to painting. In addition to teaching at The Clearing, Chris taught watercolor classes in the greater Milwaukee area, in Prescott, Arizona and tutored privately. She was the mentor for Wauwatosa Artists Workshop for many years. She has exhibited her work (some award-winning) in solo shows, galleries and juried exhibits across Wisconsin and in the Prescott, Arizona area, where she now lives. Chris’s paintings can be found in private and corporate collections. Much of her work is painted from subject matter found at or near The Clearing. It is her hope that the students joining her will learn to love watercolor and The Clearing as much as she does.

A supply list will be sent prior to class and is available online.
Chris will contact students prior to class.

Level: Confident Beginner to Intermediate
Supply List: Supply List PDF
Web: www.ChrisSommerfelt.com

Pricing (per person):
$1180 Dorm Room Package*
$1280 Two-Person Room Package*
$1920 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$675 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals


NEW IN 2022! In order to register online, you will need to sign into a Clearing User Account. Complete user account info and "How To's" can be found on our Clearing User Account Page.