Drawing & Painting

Painting Figures and Portraits in Watercolor

This six week class will teach you how to use the medium of watercolor to paint loose, impressionistic figure and portrait sketches and also more developed finished portraits of your favorite people. You will begin with how to draw the figure and face for painting, how to achieve a likeness and how much detail to include in the drawing. Skin tone colors and how to paint all the facial features will also be covered. Finally, to complete your paintings you will learn different ways to paint the clothing and backgrounds.

You will also have the opportunity to paint directly from the clothed model in this class.

Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee
Painting Figures and Portraits in Watercolor Tricia Reichert 3/30/2019 - 4/6/2019
4/20/2019 - 5/11/2019
9:00 a.m. - noon
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About the Instructor

Tricia Reichert

Tricia Reichert obtained her formal teaching credentials from Battersea College, University of London. Although she had always been keenly interested in art, most of her artistic expressions were made through her chosen major of Home Economics and minor of Textile Art. When more time became available, Tricia developed her true passion for art and for the past twenty eight years has studied and practiced drawing and painting in a wide variety of media. She specializes in the art of portraiture in pastel and watercolor. Her other areas of expertise and interest include many forms of printmaking and figurative sculpture. Tricia also teaches a wide range of classes, workshops and individual students. In teaching, she uses her broad experience and highly developed, natural teaching ability to present all material and explanations in the most accessible way.

“I believe that in art, as in writing, a developed vocabulary and an understanding of grammar are necessary fundamental requirements for self expression. In art the vocabulary could be attributed to the use of the materials, while the grammar may be considered the design and composition of the finished work. My aim as an art teacher is always to devise and present the fundamental vocabulary and grammar of art related skills, (in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking) in ways that make them accessible and easy to understand.”

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Art Materials Resources

Local Sources for Supplies

  • Art Central, Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo
  • Aaron Bros, Higuera Sreet, San Luis Obispo
  • Michaels, Broad Street, San Luis Obispo
  • The Artery, Atascadero

Online Sources for Supplies