Bill Bartelt Watercolor Workshop

Bill Bartelt Workshop: Falling for Fall – October 19

4659 N. Ravenswood

ALL levels of expertise are welcome at this class, even those who are new to watercolor!

It’s going to be another lovely Autumn–I can feel it!  While there may be another snarling, nasty winter lying in wait for us, I say it’s time to get out and savor the splendors of the season while we can.  And of course, along with the crisp air, blue skies, cool evenings, the greatest of pleasures are those gorgeous fall colors, enriched and enlivened by the angular rays of the slowly southbound sun.  

In this workshop, we will try to tell this story, simply and vividly–the story of light and color, color electrified by the energy in your brush and paint tray, and by the brilliant whiteness of your watercolor paper.  If you’ve longed to dive into the autumn palette, but thought “all that color” might be too intimidating, “How do I harness it?”– not to worry!  We will discover how the richness of the season’s character can be captured with a limited palette of just a few colors. 

We will also take some time to again study the architecture of trees and work on drawing and painting branches.

It is the light and energy of the fall landscape that is our story, and we will tell it simply and vibrantly.  I urge you to go out and get some pictures of the changing leaves.Pick a sunny day, get under a tree, shoot up into the light, and be amazed at how the autumn leaves will look like they have been plugged in and switched on!  You will have three weeks, including a couple of weekends, to go out and capture some images for this workshop, so get out there and get clicking!

There will be two studies done in this workshop, and we’ll begin each exercise with a quick and spirited “Splooshy”. After each study, there will be a brief open comment period. The first study will be rendered in Burnt Umber, with a splash of color thrown in.  The second study will use a wider palette consisting of:

Burnt Umber
Burnt Sienna
Raw Sienna
Alizarin Crimson
Pthalo (Windsor) Blue.
Optional colors: Cadmium Yellow medium, Cadmium Red Medium


• Watercolor paints in tubes, preferably, and highly recommended, Winsor Newton Watercolors.
• Watercolor paper, preferably Arches 300 lb. rough or cold press. A single 15 x 22 or 30 x 22 will be more than enough for the workshop.
• Blue painters tape
• 1″ flat brush watercolor brush, various rounds ( # 3, #7 should be enough).
• Small 11 x 14 board to paint on
• Sponge,  Kneaded gum eraser, small sketch book, drawing pencils

 Note: Water Vessels and paper towels will be provided.

A variety of tasty refreshments, coffee and tea will be offered throughout the day.

The workshop will run from 10am until 5pm.  The fee is $125.00, payable at the beginning of the class.

As the classes often fill up quickly, please let me know ASAP if you would like to attend. Please provide your phone number in your response. And feel free to email if you have any questions about the class.