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Watercolor Basics

March 1 @ 10:00 am 1:00 pm

Date: Fridays, March 1st – 22nd
 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 Robert Benson
Location: Room 208, Print Studio
Adult, 18+
Skill Level:
Sliding Scale:
$160 / $220 / $280

About the class

This is a four-week introduction to watercolor painting, beginning with a demonstration and discussion of materials on the first day, along with some simple exercises to get you comfortable with the tools. During the second class meeting we will advance to drawing simple shapes and objects to paint and incorporate horizon line, composition and value contrasts, along with flat wash, dry brush, wet-on-wet, spatter and scratch / scrub techniques. On the third day we will paint the subject of your choice in gray values only using the techniques learned and will use this image to paint a final piece in color on day four.

Please view the supply list to learn what materials to bring to class. If you would like to take this class but find that the cost of materials is prohibitive, you can arrange to use shared materials by sending an email at least one week before the first class meeting to

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

About the instructor

Robert Benson

Instructor / Artist

As a lifelong artist, I worked 25 years as a commercial artist and art director in advertising prior to moving to Sonoma County in 2001. For the past 20 years I have dedicated my painting to exploring exquisite Northern California landscapes, still life, people, and pet portrait work. My aim is to produce paintings of familiar subjects with universal appeal and a fresh perspective.  I create appealing, accessible paintings to enhance your home or business space. My goal as a painter is to stay loose and let your eye fill in where there is little detail and to evoke an emotional response as you interact with the spirit of my work.

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