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Sketching Adventures

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A Two-Week Online Class with Vinita Pappas

May 6 – 17, 2024

Sketching is like the secret sauce of watercolor painting, yet its importance is often underestimated. Simple, observed lines in a sketch can often provide more value to a painter than a photograph.

In the world of watercolor, where everything is all about going with the flow, sketching provides a strong foundation that holds it all together.

In this online class, we explore the practice of sketching for watercolor painters and learn sketching techniques to enhance your painting process and elevate your artistic expression.

Do any of these sound familiar to you? 

  • “I want to sketch and paint from life, but it feels overwhelming.”
  • “My sketches seem off, but I can’t pinpoint the issue?”
  • “I want my sketches to be more accurate while also feeling loose and expressive.”
  • “I’m tired of painting from photos.”


If so, this class will help!

This class combines videos, written materials, and live Zoom sessions. If you can’t attend live, replays of live events will be available. All class content will be accessible for four months after the class ends. 

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Course Content

Week 1 – Begins Monday, May 6, 2024: Sketching Essentials; From Basic to Brilliance
Begins Monday, May 6, 2024

  • Materials and Supplies
  • Introduction
  • The Three Types of Vital Sketches for Watercolor Painters
  • Establishing a Daily-ish Habit
  • Sketching as a Visual Meditation
  • Contour Sketching
  • The Three P’s: Placement, Proportion, and Perspective
  • Recording of Week 1 Live Class
  • Recording of Week 1 Live Q&A
  • Homework

Week 2 – Begins Monday, May 13, 2024: Sketching Secrets; Enhancing Your Watercolor Practice
Begins Monday, May 13, 2024

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3 days ago
Yes, it covered a lot of the things I regularly do on my weekly "Simply Drawing with Everett" broadcast. Your examples, and explainations were excellent. Your pace and discussions were right on. We can always learn something by observing and listening to others. Thank you for your sharing and support of the class environment. Keep up the good work. Everett