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Observational Painting from Life: (Watercolor or Pastel)

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Join instructor, Sean Oswald, for a week of observational painting from life. Choose if you would like to work in watercolor or pastel as we explore the subjects of still life and landscape painting. This will be a relaxed way to dip your toes into the wonderful world of observational painting.

During our course time together we will learn how to paint observationally, both from the landscape and still life. There will be time set aside to discuss our paintings and the work of historical life painters. We will begin and work on our paintings in class, but due to time and technology limitations, paintings may need to be worked on and finalized outside of workshop hours. When we meet, the instructor will take time to give individualized direction and demonstrations that will show you how to set up your subjects and work. There will also be time set aside for extended demonstrations so that you can observe how the instructor might approach a similar subject. 


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Required Course Materials:

*** Suggested materials are meant to help with the selection process as there are so many varieties to choose from. Materials may be substituted as seen fit.

For watercolor

  • Portable watercolor set
    • Suggested student grade
    • Suggested professional grade
  • Watercolor brushes
    • Wash brush
    • Flat brush
    • Round
    • Suggested set
  • Watercolor paper
    • Pad
    • Suggested professional grade (*** You wont need a “watercolor board” if you get this type of watercolor pad.)
    • Suggested student grade
  • Watercolor board (You can use a piece of Masonite or any drawing board. Used to tape down watercolor paper so that it doesn’t warp.)
  • Water cup
  • Masking tape or painter’s tape


For Pastel

  • Pastel set
    • Suggested 1, 2
  • Pastel pencils
    • Get a few neutral colors for sketching in the composition
    • Suggested
  • Pastel paper or board
  • Drawing board with clip
  • Painters tape


Other Possible Materials-Though not necessary

  • Easel
  • Smock
  • Assorted pens
  • Masking fluid
  • Sketchbook
  • Set of pencils


** Course materials are not included in the purchase of this course. 

Instructor Information Coming Soon!



Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

  1. Visit
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.



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