2022 Summer Program


Class #66

Foundational Watercolor

Dawn Flores

August 7 - August 13, 2022

instructor imageEveryone knows that watercolor is hard, but if the word “hard” is changed to “complex,” it becomes easier to understand the endless possibilities it offers.

In this class, beginner and intermediate students will gain a complete understanding of the complexities of watercolor through a series of lessons that focus on paint properties, color theory, technique and composition. More advanced students who are interested in taking this class will gain a deeper understanding of watercolor and have the opportunity to sharpen their technical skills. Time will be spent practicing glazing and gradient washes.

Information on the history of watercolors and the paper, paint and brushes will be shared. Demonstrations in building form, achieving texture and painting backgrounds, trees, water and sky will be given. You’ll learn how to paint by simply drawing with the brush and also how to plan, draw, transfer and complete a finished painting. Basic drawing skills will ensure greater potential for success in this class.

The class will include periods of gentle guided movement, quiet contemplation, private and group critiques, and stimulating conversation on the creative process. By learning to see, observing the self and the environment, you’ll gain greater insight into the creative process and more confidence in your ability.

Dawn teaches collaboratively by listening to and watching her students, and by steering her classes to where she sees the greatest potential for growth, using group demonstrations and private teaching.

Dawn Flores sees art as a necessary process for self-healing and personal growth, and as a vehicle for cultivating understanding, building connections and healing personal and communal wounds. As Creative Director for The Forest Project, Dawn organized artists in documenting a 60-acre urban forest before it was clear-cut for development and is currently exhibiting work from that project. Inspired by the ephemeral beauty of the natural world, Dawn works in multiple mediums, sells her fabric designs at her Beloved Sycamore Shop on Spoonflower and has self-published 11 photography books. Her paintings hang in private collections throughout the United States and in Canada. She teaches drawing and painting nationally and is a member of the faculty at one of the top museums in the country, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia. She holds a certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden and studied art and theater in Madison, Wisconsin at Edgewood College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at Loyola University in Chicago. Born in Wisconsin, Dawn grew up on a farm and spent every chance she could in the woods. She lives in Richmond with her husband, son and three chickens.

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

Level: All levels
Supply List: Supply List PDF
Web: www.dawnflores.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.