Painterly Sketching – Nov 3


Learn how to capture your subject quickly with color and line through the art of sketching with water-based media.  A great intro for plein air painting & more.

Faculty: Sara Pruiksma

Saturday Nov 3

10 am – 2 pm



Learn to capture your subject quickly through the art of sketching with paint. Use color and line to convey the essence and core of your subject. Class will begin with thumbnail size sketches and progress to larger works, and will incorporate group discussion.  Class will work from life and photos. This approach is useful in painting en plein air  (outdoors), making studies, or laying out compositions for larger works. Students will be encouraged to work quickly, yet selective, in a fun, supportive environment.


  • Bring a minimum of four (4) good quality photographs to work from – printouts of your photos are great
  • Watercolor paper  9”x 12”
  • Bristol paper (for small studies) 8”x 10” or 9”x 12”
  • Watercolor paints (tube type)
  • Gouache paints (at least white, red, blue, yellow)
  • Assorted brushes, including smaller round brushes (for example #2 round and liner brushes)
  • Painter’s Blue tape
  • Sturdy cardboard or drawing board as portable work surface
  • HB pencil
  • Sturdy water cup, paper towels
  • Small spray bottle (with mist function)

Optional supplies:

  • Colored pencils
  • Pastels
  • Assorted Inks
  • & other dry or water-based media you’d like to explore

Want to learn more about Sara’s teaching style? Read out interview with Sara Pruiksma!

Level/age:  all levels – ages 18 on up

Image: House Study 1 (2017) watercolor and gouache on paper 4.5” x 6.5” by Sara Pruiksma.  Image courtesy of the artist.