• October 10, 2019 - October 12, 2019
    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

Leah Schwartzman, jleahschwartz@gmail.com, 225-205-0522


The main focus of this workshop will be creating the illusion of light, using a simple still life setting. We will explore a variety of techniques to create a realistic watercolor painting. For example, the instructor will explain how to approach the variety of shapes, textures and colors of the subject and how to create a strong contrast and depth in the painting. One of Monika’s favorite techniques is applying multiple layers of paint in order to gradually develop shapes, colors and values. She will demonstrate and explain her painting process step-by-step and participants will also receive individual attention.

We will be working from reference photographs, which will be provided by the instructor, along with detailed information, prior to the workshop. The participants are also welcome to work from their own reference materials if they prefer.

Supply List

Bring any watercolor materials that you already have. The following items are recommended.

PAPER: Preferably Arches (or another brand similar quality), 300lb or 140lb* cold press or rough. Bring also some scrap paper for testing colors.

BRUSHES: Bring what you already have. I recommend a selection of rounds – # 4, #6, #10, #12, #14 and flats: 1/2″, 1″, 2″.

PAINT: Bring the colors that you already have. Artist grade paints are best. The following is a recommended list:

  • New Gamboge
  • Winsor Lemon
  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Quinacridone Burnt Orange
  • Scarlet Lake (optional)
  • Cadmium Red
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Sepia
  • Permanent Rose
  • Winsor Blue (green shade)
  • Cobalt Blue
  • French Ultramarine or Ultramarine
  • Indigo
  • Sap Green
  • Winsor Green (blue shade)
  • Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Dioxazine Purple


  • Board for watercolor paper support
  • Small scrub brush (Cheap Joe’s Fritch Scrubber is very good)
  • Masking fluid of your choice
  • Old brush or another tool for applying masking fluid (if you are going to use a brush, bring also a small amount of liquid soap)
  • Masking tape
  • Paper towels
  • Water container
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Tracing paper (optional)
  • Spray bottle

*Stretching 300lb paper is not necessary but if you are going to use 140lb paper I would recommend stretching it.


Monika Pate was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland and has a Masters Degree from Warsaw University. Monika has been working with transparent watercolor since 1994 and is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor Art Society – Houston (Elite Member), Texas Watercolor Society (Purple Sage Status), Louisiana Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society and Iowa Watercolor Society. The Louisiana Watercolor Society awarded her the Byron Levy Memorial Award in 2018. She is also a juried member of the International Guild of Realism. Her artwork is included in private and corporate collections in the US, Poland, UK and Germany.

Her art was included in several publications, including International Artist Magazine, “Splash 20: Creative Compositions”, “Splash 19: Illusion of Light”, “Splash 17: Inspirational Subjects”, “Splash 16: Exploring Texture”, “Splash 6: The Look of Texture”, Watercolor Artist Magazine and many others.