Jean Mackay – Painting the Colors of Spring: A Watercolor Sketchbook Series (Online); Thursdays, March 28, April 11, April 25 & May 9, 2024

Dates: Thursdays, March 28, April 11, April 25 & May 9, 2024
Time: 3:00 AM-5:00 PM Pacific Time, 6:00-8:00 PM Eastern Time, 11:00 PM-1:00 AM London Time
Medium: Ink and Watercolor
Level: Some experience with ink and watercolor helpful.

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Watch spring unfold with a heightened awareness of color during this watercolor series focusing on in-depth color exploration, experimentation, and practice. We’ll paint a variety of spring nature subjects, including flowers, foliage, and birds, concentrating on a specific color in each session so you can get to know your palette and gain confidence with mixing clean, vibrant colors. Each class will include an overview of pigments, color play and mixing, and a focal piece that showcases the dominant color. This series gives you the flexibility to sign up for one or more sessions, with a discount for choosing all four.

Session 1: Pink and Red; Thursday, March 28

We’ll begin this series by learning about watercolor pigments, including transparency, staining, and warm and cool colors. We’ll then explore the properties of frequently used reds and put that knowledge into practice painting spring blossoms in shades from pale pink to ruby reds.

Session 2: Yellow; Thursday, April 11

 Get to know warm and cool yellows and experiment with mixing tricky yellow shadow colors. We’ll paint a yellow warbler as our focal piece.



Session 3: Green; Thursday, April 25

 The color that best exemplifies spring often leaves painters mystified. We’ll mix lots of greens and learn more about “convenience” greens. Painting plant foliage using a variety of techniques will be the focus for this class.


Session 4: Blue and Violet; Thursday, May 9

Both standing alone and when mixed, blues are often the workhorses of nature painting. We’ll paint out a palette of blues and consider which ones to choose for skies, shadows, and bright violets. We’ll paint a tree swallow as our focal piece.


About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. 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.
  • Interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions.
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link. Find out how to access the class group message board here. 

Choose all four or purchase sessions individually

Jean Mackay
Jean Mackay
Jean Mackay
Jean Mackay
Jean Mackay
Painting the Colors of Spring: A Sketchbook Watercolor Series- All Four Sessions
Session 1 - Pink & Red; Thursday, March 28
Session 2 - Yellow; Thursday, April 11
Session 3 - Green; Thursday, April 25
Session 4 - Blue & Violet; Thursday, May 9
Sign up for all 4 at once and save $40.  If you sign up for individual sessions and then want to sign up for the rest later, please contact martha@winslowartcenter for a discount coupon code.

Jean Mackay is an artist, educator, and naturalist. She has been keeping an artist journal for more than nearly 20 years as a way to study and share the beauty and diversity of nature, as well as to record the art of everyday living. Working in all kinds of settings, from tide pools to farm fields to her own backyard in upstate New York, Jean’s watercolors reflect a keen eye for detail and profound sense of wonder. She is the author/illustrator of The Nature Explorer’s Sketchbook (2020). Jean teaches online and in-person classes and offers immersive workshops nationally and internationally. She has been an instructor with Winslow Art Center since 2020.

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