Introduction to Watercolor Painting

weap bridget bossart van otterloo  Instructor: Bridget Bossart van Otterloo

Join us for a relaxing time of watercolor painting. This class will introduce the medium of
watercolors to those who have never used this medium or have been afraid to try it in the
past. Students will learn that as they allow water to be their “friend” magical things can
happen. Basic skills such as creating washes of color, building transparent layers, and how to
use the brush are a few things that will be touched upon. Students will begin class with a
series of watercolor practice exercises. The remainder of the class will be spent creating a
finished painting to take home. As a teacher, my primary concern is that each student is
learning and achieving joy through the creative process.

Bridget Bossart van Otterloo Redpoll Watercolor

Topics Include:

  • Color Theory - primary colors, secondary colors, and how to mix and blend watercolors.
  • Basic watercolor painting techniques such as washes, glazes, dry-brush and wet-into-
  • Brush handling and material handling, how to set up your painting station for success.
  • Artistic composition, how to design an interesting watercolor painting.


  • 3-hour course runs from 1 pm – 4pm
  • Experience required: None
  • All art materials included

Art Materials Provided:
Watercolor palette set up with primary watercolor paint, variety of watercolor brushes in
different shapes and sizes, high quality watercolor paper, drawing paper, pencils and kneaded

Next Class Available:

Saturday -May 11th, 2024 from 1pm to 4pm

Classes Held At:
Academic and Workforce Development Center
318 Madison Avenue
Elmira, New York

Cost: $75.00 per session

Register Here


Artist Bio:

Bridget Bossart van Otterloo paints and teaches in Corning, New York. Her artwork is about the beauty in nature. She has a degree in Studio Art from Houghton College and has studied in Florence, Italy. Bridget moved to Corning in 2002 to work as an apprentice and studio assistant for the late Thomas S. Buechner. She currently works from her light-filled home studio, where her subjects include still life, flowers, plants, portraits and landscapes painted in oils and watercolor. Bridget has been teaching oil painting and watercolor painting in the region for 20 years. 

Bridget's work can be viewed at several venues in the area including: The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes in Corning NY, The North Star Gallery in Ithaca, Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, Oxford Gallery in Rochester, Gallery 54 in Skaneateles, and The Franklin Street Gallery in Watkins Glen, NY.