Contemporary Watercolor: Flora and Fauna Mar 20-May 8 (Mon) 6-week session* ) 1:3pm-4:30pm


Mar 20, 2017 to May 8, 2017
Helen Shafer Garcia

This class will focus on contemporary watercolor approaches including the "dropped in color" technique, which incorporates luminosity and brilliance in painting. It's an exploratory, wet approach to painting that allows the colors to blend and fuse without making "mud". We'll work with other contemporary experimental painting techniques including pours, mark making and surface textures to create glaze layers in exploratory flora and fauna compositions. Pigment characteristics, color theory, composition and design will also be covered with demos, critiques and individual instruction.



March 20 - May 8, 2017 (Mondays 6-week session)
*NO CLASS ON April 3 & May 1 
1:30pm - 4:30pm
$175 (plus materials) 

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Class Times

1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

About the Instructor

Helen Shafer Garcia

Printmaking Pastel Drawing Painting Acrylic Watercolor Mixed Media

Living and working in North San Diego County, Helen is an Artist, Illustrator, Arts Instructor and Gardener. She received her BA in Art from California State University, Long Beach and has created Corporate and Magazine Illustrations for over 23 years. Helen’s paintings and assemblages are expressively drawn encounters with paint, color and texture that invoke the spirit for an intriguing visual journey. Some of the images recount visuals from Mexico, New Zealand and other lands intertwining legends, flora, fauna and icons. Her works involve the process of transference- subtraction and addition of paint and found objects. She’s currently working with watercolor, pastel and mixed media creating contemporary images.