• June 20, 2018 - June 22, 2018
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Studio in the Park



2490 Silverest Ave, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70816, United States

The main facility for the Art Guild of Louisiana is the Studio in the Park. This BREC building is located in Cedarcrest Park in Baton

Workshop Coordinator

Linda Pace, lpace588@gmail.com, 225-247-1309

Class Description

Don’s new Color and Design watercolor workshop is geared specifically for the artist eager to learn in a stress-free studio environment. We’ll be working in the studio from photos, or sketches of your preferred landscape and or figure subject matter.

DAY ONE: Discover how creating color harmony will guarantee delightful color and neutrals that make any subject matter sing.

DAY TWO: Focuses on lighting your subject for maximum visual effect. It’s the most important element in art.

DAY THREE: Learn how to loosen up. This is the class everyone needs to make a watercolor with more “you” in it.

Each day Don will show you how to boil down your subject to a simple, exciting watercolor statement. Expect a fun, no pressure studio environment with lots of demos and personal guidance.

For Example

Each Morning: Morning demo of approximately one hour. Morning student painting session with instructor advising individually.

Each Afternoon: Afternoon demo of approximately one hour. Afternoon student painting session. Each day will include personal and/or group critiques.

Student Material List

  • Any size sketchpad
  • Markers or pencils
  • The usual watercolor supplies: Palette, paint, water container, paint board with clamps, paper towels, etc
  • Several photos, sketches or other source material for class study.

Watercolor Paints

You don’t need a lot of colors but it is imperative that you use professional grade paint. Don emphasizes that you should have 1 light, 1 medium and 1 dark of all the primary colors. Most professional brands are interchangeable and include Holbein, Winsor Newton, Daniel Smith. Don currently uses American Journey watercolors. (The colors below are listed from light to dark in each column.)

Cerulean Blue          Lemon Yellow   Burnt Sienna
Cobalt Blue            New Gamboge   Red Hot Mama (Scarlet Lake)
Ultramarine Blue   Aureolin            Fuschia (Opera)
Prussian Blue          Raw Sienna      Alizarin Crimson

You don’t need secondary colors of greens or violets as Don will show you how to mix them from the above list.


Using good paper is the first step to a good painting. Students are encouraged to work at any size they wish, but have plenty of paper on hand. Don prefers Arches 140# cold press paper, but other brands may be substituted.

ONE of the following is recommended:

  • 10×14″ block, 140# – quarter sheet painting
  • 14×20″ block, 140# – half sheet painting
  • 22×30″ 140# full sheet painting (available in single sheets)


You don’t need a lot of brushes, one large, one medium and one small flat brush. One large, one middle and one small round brush. Synthetic brushes are your best value. There are many brands on the market. Don uses Robert Simmons white sable (synthetic). Don also recommends the Windsor Newton 1 inch flat.


A table easel is useful, but not necessary; Don uses a French Box easel. Other excellent watercolor easels include:

  • Cheap Joes’ Travel Table easel
  • American Journey Field Series Table Top easel
  • Winsor Newton Arun Easel

Upright aluminum or wooden easels are made for oil painting and not helpful for watercolor painting.