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Watercolor Essentials Workshop 2019

Mid City Art Studios, 4436 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70124

In this indoors studio workshop, our aim is to have fun, experiment, learn, and stretch our creative selves, in a safe and encouraging environment. We'll be learning to paint with both value and edge control, while looking at the work of great masters, to see how they solved these issues in watercolor. Starting with a basic palette of 8-12 colors, we'll experiment with mixing our color/value washes accurately the first time. Different methods of drawing and freshness of watercolor washes will also be our major concerns, along with compositional standards.

This Spring, one session is being offered and will meet on Thursday mornings, from 9:30 until noon, for 5 weeks, beginning April 4- May 2nd. 

Tuition is $325.

Please email me at either, or,  or call me at (504) 914-4152 to register, and/ or seek more info.

Payment in full is due at registration. 

All classes will be held at Mid City Art Studios, 4436 Toulouse St., NOLA, 70119, in Studio #14.

Recent Student Comments:

“Joan is such a patient and inspiring instructor. If anyone has the slightest inclination to try out painting with watercolors, this workshop is something everyone must consider. It sounds corny, but it’s changed my life.”   - A.D. 

"I looked forward to and loved your workshops and painting with you. 
Before taking your watercolor workshops, I was afraid to paint in watercolor. I had no real idea where or how to begin,  and I certainly did not want to ruin or waste expensive watercolor paper. 

Your classes helped me to open my mind and spirit to the beauty and certainly the magic of watercolor painting. You taught me how to relax and let the paint do it's thing. Besides learning the basics of how, what, when and why, I think the greatest gift I got from your classes was the confidence to try and try again. paper is ever wasted...there are no mistakes only experiences 
Thank you for sharing you gifts and talents."   -M.B. 

"Joan is an amazing art teacher—the best I’ve ever had. Besides being a talented artist, she sees the unique talent for art in each of her students and gently and lovingly gives us the self confidence to bring it forth.”   - P.R. 

“Either as a beginner or seasoned artist, painting under Joan’s guidance is always rewarding. She is generous with her skills, which then encourages students to mentor one another. This makes a great learning environment.” - N.L.

DaGradi Watercolor Workshops are designed to begin at the beginning with watercolor, to give students the important information in a sequential way that will save them time, money and frustration, as we explore one of the most beautiful of painting mediums.

The first workshop, Getting Started, is one in a series to be offered, each building on previous material. Future workshops will focus in-depth on one aspect of painting in watercolors, such as:  Plein Air Painting on location, Drawing, Composition, and more.