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The Art of Watercolor

Watercolor offers a unique spontaneous painting experience. Unlike many other mediums, which can take weeks to complete a work of art, watercolor can be completed in a single sitting. The immediacy allows for a wide range of technical possibilities, with the result that it appeals to people with various levels of experience. Through lectures, demonstrations, projects, and critiques, this class is designed to introduce you to the basic tools and techniques of watercolor. A wide range of approaches to the medium will be explored in addition to the fundamental principles of working with transparent and opaque watercolors.

* Art supplies can range from $30 to $45. Students may supply their own or purchase a pre-assembled kit from the instructor. A supply list will be sent before the first class.

Mary Shira is an instructor at JMU’s School of Art, Design and Art History, where she teaches Foundation classes in Studio and has lectured in Art History since 1997. She holds an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and both a BFA and MS Ed from St. John’s University. 

As an active artist, her award-winning paintings have been displayed in several galleries, juried shows, and national traveling exhibitions, including exhibiting in 2020 at the Salmagundi Club with the American Watercolor Society, where she is an associate member.


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