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Watercolor Sunflowers

Date & Time: August 28, 9 am-12:30 pm
Registration Deadline: August 25

Pick up your paintbrush and interpret the beauty and wild energy of summer sunflowers. Working with a still-life vase of various locally grown sunflowers, you’ll practice drawing composition, color mixing, laying down washes, and techniques for creating texture.

To start, we’ll look closely at sunflower paintings by artists and learn about botanical anatomy. Then we’ll come together for artist demonstrations before setting out to create your composition using the vase of sunflowers as inspiration. This workshop is for building painterly skills via creative experimentation and observation. Bring a creative friend, celebrate summer’s bounty, and tap into the joy of painting!

Dani Knoph Davis is an artist, writer, and advocate for wildlife conservation in Michigan. She launched Dani Knoph Wildlife Studio in 2017. Archival prints of her artwork can be found at specialty shops and galleries. In 2017, Dani joined a statewide effort to reintroduce Northern Michigan’s once predominant native salmonid species, known as the Arctic Grayling. Dani received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Michigan and studied painting at the Glasgow School of Art. dani-knoph.myshopify.com

HB Pencil

Gum eraser or kneaded eraser

Jar or small container for water

Paint pallet with wells (you’ll want at least several circular or rectangular wells)

12-inch or longer ruler

Paper towel

Brushes: Good watercolor brushes are traditionally sable and round and have a sharp tip so that you’re able to create a fine line. At least three brush sizes are recommended for this workshop: size 7 round, size 4 round, size 2 round, and size 0 round.

An excellent place to start is purchasing one 5ml tube of each:

Winsor yellow

Yellow ochre

Ivory black

Chinese white

Cadmium red

Winsor orange

Pthalo blue

Prussian blue

Viridian green

Vandyke brown.


**Two high-quality brands: Winsor & Newton, Grumbacher

Watercolor paper, 9″ x 12″ or 11″ x 15″

Students can find these supplies at Michael’s or Dick Blick.

Minimum Enrollment
Glen Arbor Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class or multi-day, sequential-day workshop that does not meet its minimum student enrollment prior to the first class session. If a class is cancelled by GAAC for lack of enrollment, GAAC will offer a full refund to the student in the manner in which tuition was paid (Cash payments will be refunded by check). Please be aware that GAAC is not responsible for losses incurred due to housing, travel or other arrangements.

Requests for cancellation by the student at least seven (7) days prior to the first day of class will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee). NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than seven (7) days in advance of the day of the class.


To ensure the safety of our students and staff, we have implemented new procedures for our 2021 programs, to mitigate the spread of COVID and still allow participants to have a wonderful time creating art.

  • Class sizes will be limited to 12 persons or less for outdoor programs and 8 or less for indoor programs.
  • All students must wear face coverings inside the center when social distancing isn’t possible.
  • Students and staff will wash and sanitize hands frequently throughout the day.
  • Common areas and touched surfaces will be sanitized regularly.

To keep pace with the evolving conditions related to the pandemic, any new policies or procedures for classes will be communicated by June 15, 2021.


August 28, 2021
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Glen Arbor Arts Center
6031 S Lake St
Glen Arbor, MI 49636 United States


Dani Knoph Davis
Beginner / Intermediate
In Person

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