Cynthia Armstrong - Mushrooms: an Autumn Passion in Watercolor (Online); Mondays, September 28-October 24, 2020

Date: Mondays, September 28-October 19, 2020 + Critique Sessions October 4, 11, 18 & 24
Time: Mondays – 10:00AM-12:00PM PDT; Weekend Critiques – 1:00PM-2:00PM PDT
Level: All
Medium: Watercolor
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Our live online classes are taught via Zoom. Students have the opportunity to interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum where you can share work, comment and ask questions. Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll receive instructions about how to access the class.

To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an IPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.


As summer wanes and autumn weather offers up the fruits of fall, mushrooms pop up overnight in every locale. Fungi come in many diverse forms, often in striking shapes and colors, providing a wonderful subject for painting.

In this 4-week course, explore the shapes and textures of mushrooms while learning the fundamentals (and beyond) of watercolor techniques. Color theory, brush handling, traditional and alternative paint application methods will be covered. Suitable for artists of all skill levels. We will be working from fresh subjects (if available ), as well as photo references, to approach composition and design. Have fun this fall with fungi!

Cynthia Armstrong holds a graduate certificate degree from UC Santa Cruz in Science Illustration and a Master’s degree in Education from Stanford University. She has been a freelance illustrator and artist for over 25 years, and a teacher for the past 20 years. Cynthia, as a published illustrator, has traveled and journaled extensively throughout her career. Her client list includes the New York Botanical Gardens, U.S. National Park Service, the Maine State Museum, U.S. Forest Service, and the California Native Plant Society.

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