Explore your Creativity with Watercolor. Online Watercolor Classes.
Why Watercolor? Wet on wet painting is beautiful, spontaneous, and intuitive. When the watercolor is dropped from a brush onto wet paper, magic happens. The colors flow and blend instantly. There is a mystery and challenge with watercolor that offers endless possibilities. Bring Creativity into your Life. Now, more than ever, it is important to have relief from the worries and stresses of our everyday lives. So many of us spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen, by ourselves. We need to balance that by taking time and opening ourselves up to creativity. Having a painting practice where you take 15 minutes each day or more for yourself can be just what you need. Our creative process is waiting inside us, we just have to be quiet enough to hear it.
What Makes Watercolor Special? The joy of working with luminous color and a transparent glow. The beauty of watercolor is that it cannot really be controlled. The water and pigments combine to create things you never would have imagined. There are many techniques that you can do with watercolor that you cannot do with any other medium. Watercolor is very portable, easy to set up and take with you. Paint the beauty you see around you in your sketchbook, and record your travels in a painting journal.
What can I expect from Your Watercolor Classes? I enjoy teaching a well planned course. I am a professional watercolor artist with over 40 years of teaching experience, including 17 years teaching college level classes. In the beginning level classes I will guide you on a watercolor journey that starts with the basics, and progresses as you learn new skills each week. The techniques you learn will build on each other, and give a firm foundation for creative paintings from your inner self. I also offer classes in the next step of your watercolor journey, Intermediate Watercolor, suitable to be taken after the Beginning Course or for a painter with experience, who is ready for inspiration and challenge.
Each class will have an online page just for the class, where you can share your work and see what others are doing. Each week there will be handouts to print out with helpful information and hints for each step of the way. I also will be available by email if you have a question or comment.
What Courses Will you be Offering? Beginning Intermediate
and also Courses that focus on one subject area:
Art for your Inner Self Trees & Leaves Clouds & Skies Flowers The courses range from 5-8 weeks in length. I will be offering these classes in the near future. Please check back.
Testimonials from My Students I had always wanted to take a watercolor class from Ann Maglinte and was excited to hear it was now available online. I am a beginner and initially had reservations about an online class, but Ann's class is well thought out and the video presentations are a priceless resource. I love that her classes build on each other layering new skill sets. The amount of information and technique in one semester will occupy my time for years to come. Ann is clear and precise in her instruction yet remains very approachable and is always willing to answer questions.This class was my sanity. I look forward to taking more classes with Ann Maglinte. R. P. Willits ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I am delighted to take watercolor painting from Ann Maglinte, a marvelous teacher. After one semester as a beginner in Ann’s on-line class, I had enough skill to create some nice paintings. My confidence and ability grew by Ann’s engaging assignments and her wonderfully clear instructions. Ann’s video demonstrations were invaluable. I learned a great deal from watching and listening to her describe the techniques she demonstrated. More advanced students were able to add individual styles and take the assignments to higher levels.
Ann’s assignments had lots of range and variety. We painted landscapes, still lifes, and more open subjects like nebulas. She shared many techniques to create special effects like using wax and plastic wrap. We studied the fundamentals of color, brush strokes, composition, and more. Ann’s vast knowledge and experience with watercolor painting enriches her teaching. Students study with her for years.
Communication and feedback in the course was great. Ann is able to give both encouragement and specific criticisms to help students improve. The entire group participated in critiques and helped each other. Because Ann includes everyone in the process, a real community is built and everyone has a chance to be successful and have fun. A.W. Willits ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
One of my desires was to explore what I could learn in drawing and painting. As an elementary teacher and principal, I had many opportunities to help students create art, plays, writing, but my own personal talents were only whispers of possibilities in my mind. Upon retiring, I set out to find out more about me in the area of art and expression. I decided to start with Ann Maglinte in watercolor at Mendocino Community College in Willits.
Learning to manage the basics of watercolor, the paints, water, paper, has been a challenge. But a challenge that has helped me grow and gain confidence, not only in watercolor class, but amongst other class members who are encouraging, inspiring, and growing, also.
As a child, I was told that I wasn’t good enough or capable of accomplishing things that I set my mind on. Even as a teacher and administrator, I was told that I couldn’t do certain things. But, I am stubborn and worked hard to prove that I could and had a successful career. After I signed up for Ann’s class, one of my friends told me that I had just chosen the most difficult kind of art and why did I sign up for that, when she knew I wasn’t very artistic. That voice again telling me that I shouldn’t/couldn’t do something.
Through Ann’s kind, patient manner, her superb skill as a teacher, and her skills as an artist, I am beginning to see that, yes, I can use watercolor effectively for my own pleasure, benefit, and learning. I have a lots more to learn and practice, but I enjoy being able to lose myself in the attempts to create art. As I sit at my table, with good music playing, a cup of tea, and my paints, paper, and I begin a piece, I do so with confidence knowing, that yes, I can work on this piece and be successful. G. H. Willits