OSHR 1766 - Watercolor Painting That Pops!

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

We all marvel at paintings that captivate our attention. But have you ever wondered why some paintings manage to dazzle us while others do not? Dive into the world of watercolor and learn how to harness light and shadow, when to apply value contrasts, and when to soften strokes. Discover how to provide subtle movement across shapes by simply varying warms & cools - all while leading the eye toward what’s important. These are the secrets to making good art. The immediacy of watercolor allows greater spontaneity, fluid movement, and a freshness you don’t see in other mediums. Join the class and soak up these important fundamental painting principles.

This class will have a series of exercises to help students realize immediate success. The instructor will be providing demonstrations prior to each exercise, and will also offer one-on-one instruction to students as everyone paints. Novice to intermediate level.

(Section 100: No class Feb. 2 and Mar. 2)

(Section 101: No Class Apr. 6 and May 4)

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Randy Hale

Randy Hale attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA where he developed a solid understanding of design and composition. A successful commercial career followed in product design, project management, and sales. Pitching creative concepts provided a strong foundation in working successfully with people. Randy is currently involved with art groups throughout the country. He has served as president of the Colorado Watercolor Society and works on boards organizing national exhibitions. Not only does Randy do painting demonstrations, he is an active workshop instructor and juror of art shows.