pr1Our newest Board member, Pat Rollie, will be offering a WaterColor class on Thursdasy from 1.30 — 4 pm, October 23 — November 20, 2014.

Class fee:

$100 if you bring your own materials


$65 additional if you need materials provided

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Registration ends October 14, 2014

Class size is limited to ten students

My goal is for each student to leave the classroom feeling brave, excited and moving one step closer to becoming an accomplished watercolor artist!”- Instructor Pat Rollie


In this workshop, confidence and skills in watercolor painting are developed through lecture, demonstration and hands on class exercises.

Topics : the basics of paper, brushes, paint and subject matter. We will explore the characteristics of color and the variety of painting techniques unique to watercolor.

Supplies —

Brushes: brushes range in materials and price. It is not necessary at this point to buy the most expensive 100% natural sable or squirrel brushes but DO NOT buy cheap brushes either. Synthetic brushes are good and reasonably priced. Good brands are Dick Blick or Robert Simmons

#6 round, #10 round, ½ inch flat

Paper: Good paper is equally as important as quality paints and brushes. I suggest:

Arches cold pressed watercolor block size 9” x 12” or 10” x 14”. This is a block of 20 sheets rather than larger individual sheets. It is designed for you to paint right on the block of sheets to give stability to the paper.

Paint: Please buy artist’s grade tubes- do not buy student grade! Any brand is fine as long as it is Artist’s grade. Windsor Newton is a very good brand and you can buy the smaller tubes to begin. (5ml)

Colors: Cadmium Red medium, Burnt Sienna, Sap green, French Ultramarine blue ( ultramarine blue), New Gamboge (gamboge)

Palette: A good palette with a cover is needed if you are going to continue your journey in watercolor. The best palette is a John Pike Palette. If you decide at the end of the class that this is also the end of your watercolor experience I will buy your palette from you if it is a John Pike.

Other misc items to bring to class: Paper towels, a cup or small container for water, a small new sponge still hard. Do not wet the sponge, bring it still new and stiff. A spray bottle, small hair dryer. A pencil, eraser and small notebook.


Syllabus for Beginning Watercolor class

Class 1

Introduction of students and their class objective


Type of watercolor style

Materials; brushes, paints, paper and palettes.

Color and Value:

Hands on: Class will make their own value scale and color wheel, Brush strokes and specific watercolor techniques

Class 2

Hands on: Washes.  Color mixing, Individual project drawn on paper, Discussion of approach, Begin sample project

Class 3, 4, 5

Teacher demonstrations

Work on individual projects with class critiques and discussion


About Tullahoma Art Center

"Preserving the past, engaging the present and nurturing the future of Middle Tennessee by stimulating diverse creative expression, positive encouragement and quality, regional opportunities for access to and instruction in the Arts and Humanities." The Tullahoma Fine Arts Center is an ADA-compliant facility committed to the development of quality cultural experiences and education by providing access to and instruction in the Arts and Humanities, and influencing the direction of area visual, literary, performing and creative arts. TFAC, above all, encourages professionalism in the artistic community and among its artists and students, thereby raising standards of excellence in creativity, design and the production and practice of cultural craftsmanship. We promote the development of arts programming opportunities by offering classes, demonstrations, performances, publications and exhibitions. We are currently expanding our Member Gallery so that members may display and/or sell their original works -- creating unique marketing opportunities for them to reach local, regional and national audiences. We strive to increase public experience, understanding, appreciation and awareness of (as well as access to) the Arts and Humanities, especially in underserved and disenfranchised communities. TFAC seeks to strengthen our existing Regional Art Museum and lending library by encouraging donations of books, works of art and the endowment of funds to secure further permanent collections of both. We are actively exploring ways to assist area school systems with their Arts and Humanities curriculums, providing both extracurricular and co-curricular opportunities for gifted and talented students as well as for the academically and economically disadvantaged. Finally, we are firmly committed to partnering with civic organizations, other non-profits, city, county and state governments to compliment each another’s fields of expertise.

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