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Nature Illustration in Watercolor and Ink

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Explore and celebrate our natural world as you design and create an illustrated nature kaleidoscope that depicts plants, flowers, and animals connected within an ecosystem or habitat. You will deepen your appreciation and awareness, and find creative inspiration as you learn about the breathtaking beauty of the natural world. You will also learn about food webs, inter-species relationships, and other ecological relationships. Learn techniques to work with India ink and watercolor, and learn about composition considerations. Take time to contemplate and appreciate the beautiful and unique aspects of our ecosystems as you create the story of life held within the circular design of your kaleidoscope.

You will create two technique practice sheets in class full of your swatches, one in ink and one in watercolor, and will have time to complete at least one illustrated kaleidoscope nature illustration during class.

Your materials fee covers some supplies, and you are also required to bring some supplies to class. Please see the online class listing for important details about the supplies provided in class and those you will need to bring to class.

Class Details

2 Session(s)
Weekly - Sat, Sun

Aptos Main Campus

Megan Gnekow 



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Your materials fee will cover the following items, which will be provided for you in class:

India ink

water container

ink container

watercolor paper (140 lb)

graphite transfer paper

tracing paper

artists tape

You are responsible for bringing the following supplies to class:

one or two brushes for ink: size 2, 4, or 6 round brushes

one or two watercolor brushes: size 4, 6, or 8 round brushes

watercolor paint: 12 colors in tubes or pans (colors should include but do not have to be limited to: Cadmium or Pyrrol Red, Hansa Yellow, Quinacridone Gold or New Gamboge, Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone or Permanent Magenta, Burnt Umber or Brown Oxide, Sap Green, Quinacridone or Burnt sienna, Neutral Tint or Payne's Gray)

palette for mixing watercolor

one ruler - 12" or longer



Materials Fee:


Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
8/10/2024 - 8/11/2024 Weekly - Sun, Sat 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM Aptos, Aptos Main Campus  Map, Room: VAPA 2008 Megan Gnekow