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Watercolor Options for the Skilled

August 8 – 9: Starting with a demonstration, Mary opens the floor to questions and thoughts. During the 2 day class, we will look at techniques to fix “mistakes” and ways to correct colors. We’ll play with warm and cool colors, glazing, lost and found edges, and how they affect the success of your product. Have a technique you’d like to master? Let us practice! Bring your thoughts and references of an idea you are hesitant to try. Let’s open it to discussion and find specific steps to make it possible and less daunting. Do you have paintings you have given up on and not “finished”? Sometimes it is best to start over, particularly with watercolor, but what can you learn from playing with those “not so successful” paintings? What is there to lose? Explore ways to turn out a fantastic result when you redo the painting. Many artists scoff at using masking fluid. Let Mary show you some tools and ways to use it that have worked well for her.

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Teaching confidence first, Mary Guntzviller instructs with demonstrations and a touch of humor. Painting techniques, composition, and drawing skills follow. Her workshop locations include St. John, Virgin Islands, many of the art centers in Northern Michigan, plus Battle Creek, South Haven, Tustin, and Mackinac Island, and also in Ohio.

Mary holds a BFA from Wayne State University, with a major in Fine Art, including an emphasis in figure sculpture, also, a Fashion Design degree, where she designed and executed wedding dresses. Many of her finals for WSU were three-dimensional sculptures in fabric.


[tabby title=”Dates/Times”] Tursday, August 8, Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Friday, August 9, Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

[tabby title=”Supply List”] If you are buying supplies for the first time check out the “minimum” supplies in bold.

Drawing or Mechanical pencil (HB or softer); school pencils are fine

sketchbook (or any drawing paper)

kneaded eraser

paint; at a minimum, the first three paint colors. (PLUS any & all of your favorite colors); Cerulean blue, Yellow, a Purple Red (“Alizarin Crimson”, “Perm Rose”, etc) Ultramarine blue, Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna, Cad Red, A dark purple, Orange, Sap green

brushes; at a minimum, 3 brushes; Brushes with fine, thin hair, labeled for Watercolor/Acrylic (NOT Acrylic/Oil); Small pointed round, #6 or #8, Flat, ½” or ¾”, a bigger brush for washes (If beginner, i’ll lend you one until you understand what to buy), Small (⅛” or ¼”) flat, Rigger or Script brush for tree limbs

D’Arches (Arches)  140 LB Cold Press (CP) PAPER; (NO other brand, not Canson or Strathmore, see B below)

palette;  with at least a 10” x 10” mixing area

You will need, at a minimum, any flat WHITE surface to mix colors; Styrofoam dinner plates work really well.

board (at least 13”x16”) to hold w/c paper

water container (for rinsing brushes; “cool whip” type container works)

masking fluid:  PEBEO DRAWING GUM ONLY   (If you are not interested, don’t buy)

masking tape (3M or Scotch Brand)

paper towel

rubber cement pick up (If you are going to try masking fluid)

spray bottle with adjustable nozzle, for water

pliers for opening tubes of paint

humor (maximum amount; no minimum here!)

big bag to carry everything!!!!!


Supplies I carry for students to purchase

1) D’Arches 140 Cold Press watercolor paper; one-quarter sheets (approx. 15” x 11.25”)
2) Oval Wash Silver Brush (my favorite)

[tabby title=”Refund Policy”] We understand that your plans might change. If they do, notify the GAAC office as soon as possible. Requests for cancellation by the student at least thirty (30) days prior to the first day of the workshop will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee). NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than thirty (30) days prior to the first day of the workshop.



starts August 8 @ 9:30 am
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Glen Arbor Arts Center
6031 S Lake St
Glen Arbor, MI 49636 United States


Mary Guntzviller
Intermediate / Advanced

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