Watercolor Basics with Courtney Armstrong

Graduating with a BA from the University of Minnesota at Winona, Courtney Armstrong was raised in Minnesota but has been 38 years in Denver being a Western gal.  As a board member of the Mountainside Art Guild, she was the computer coordinator/ photographer and a frequent participant in all guild shows. She also worked in the graphic arts field in photography (8yrs) as a retouch artist, played around being a musician for a while, finally settling as a draftsman in Electrical engineering for 20 years.

She has been an artist all her life.  Courtney’s first award was at the Chatfield Western Days art show- no children's section so at 16 yr.s old she showed with the adults and received an Honorable Mention.  She has had three solo shows in Denver, participated in five to six shows per year in the Denver area and won awards from Honorable Mention, Award of Excellence to first and second placings.

Courtney has enjoyed watching artists grow for the last eight years teaching beginning classes in drawing, pastel and watercolor.  She enjoys teaching a great deal and especially loves drawing - it is the foundation of art and thus the most important part.

This is a class for the person who has never painted with watercolor before and wants to understand what it takes to make a painting. After watching countless students not know how to fill a brush with paint or who don’t have the confidence to even try, Courtney Armstrong is teaching a class that doesn’t assume the student has prior knowledge. Useful for other beginners who would like to broaden their knowledge. This six week class starts on Wednesday, January 23, 6:30pm and meets through February 27.

Each weekly session you will do exercises designed to familiarize you with the brush, the paint & water and how it all works together. Students will NOT be painting a picture each evening - instead you will learn how to use the tools to make a painting. - Does it matter what kind of paint I get?  What kind of brushes and how many do I need? Can I use any paper? - These questions and more will be answered. You will practice putting it all together and (maybe) on the last day we'll paint a painting. You can then decide how much time, money and energy you want to put into this media.

After this class - go on and take a watercolor for beginners class and not feel lost.  You'll have some skills to keep improving and your future watercolor experiences will be more enjoyable.

Courtney recommends a minimum quality of supplies you should purchase if you want to start your own kit. If you just want to try the artform without investing, Courtney will let you use her supplies for a $20 fee, but you won’t have anything to take home to practice with. If you want us to have the supplies gathered for you, there is a $40 supply fee.

Supply List:

We will supply the painting supplies below for $40.
Or you can use Courtney’s for $20, or purchase your own.

• 140lb. cold press watercolor paper,  9x12 student grade pad. Brands - Fabriano, Strathmore, Canson, Richeison or Bien Fang
• (5) Simply Simmons synthetic watercolor brushes (size:  liner, #4 round, #8 round, 1/4" filbert, 3/4" wash)
• watercolor paint -  just (3) colors - red, blue, yellow  
(sm. tubes 7.5ml). Brands - Grumbacker, VanGogh, Windsor Newton

Other supplies for you to bring:
          1/2" - 3/4" masking tape
         drawing board (about 11x14 or 16x20) any hard board is great
          (2) water containers (cleaned margerine tubs work great)
notebook & pencil
A bag to carry all your goodies



Reservations are taken on a first come first serve basis. Many of our classes fill up early - so don't wait too long!

We take phone reservations with a valid credit card.

Call: 507-732-7616

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Crossings at Carnegie
320 East Ave
Zumbrota, MN 55992