Memphis Botanic Gardens | Workshop with Wyatt Waters | March 2, 2024

Memphis Botanic Gardens | Workshop with Wyatt Waters | March 2, 2024

Regular price $ 175

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 "Painting is a way of thinking without using words," says Wyatt. "Some things are seen by the eyes. Some things are seen by the heart.  It isn’t necessary to know the difference, but it is important to say, 'This is what I see' with your brush." Wyatt's approach to painting involves working from life with an emphasis on seeing color. He believes that if someone learns how to see, they will teach themselves to paint.

In conjunction with the Memphis/Germantown Arts League, Wyatt will be leading a plein air watercolor workshop Sat, March 2, 2024, at the Memphis Botanic Garden at 750 Cherry Road in Memphis. The class will take place from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with a 45-minute break for a brown bag lunch. Wyatt will start the morning with a demonstration and discussion, followed by group plein air painting session, where Wyatt will provide individual instruction on applying your new knowledge to your own painting, and conclude with a class critique.  

The cost of the workshop is $175which must be paid in advance. A limited number of 15 student spots are available per class on a first come first serve basis. 


Workshop Supply ListThis is a basic list of what Wyatt uses – BUT ANY BASIC MATERIALS WILL WORK! If you think you can substitute something, you're welcome to do so. If you're doing the workshop with a friend, you could easily share some of the items.

1.  Palette  a John Pike palette works best but Cheap Joe carries an inexpensive large plastic folding palette that is good.

2.  Watercolor paints  I use the American Journey brand but Van Gogh is an     inexpensive good student grade paint. Most tube brands will do well. If you have a warm and a cool color of each of the primary colors, and one color that represents each of the secondary colors (purple, orange and green), you will be fine.

Suggested colors: Sour Lemon, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Medium, Permanent Red (or a quinacridone based red), a strong dioxazine-based purple or violet such as Royal Amethyst, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue, Sap Green, and Ivory Black (for watercolor drawing -  this one only comes in Van Gogh)

 Suggested Van Gogh student grade watercolor paints: Permanent Lemon Yellow, Azo Yellow Medium, Permanent Orange, Vermillion, Quinacridone  Blue Violet, Ultramarine Deep, Cerulean Blue, Phthalocyanine blue, Hookers Green Deep, Ivory Black

3.  Paintbrush I use a 38 round, Cheap Joe’s Golden Fleece Synthetic watercolor brush. A 14 round and above will also work. Synthetic watercolor brushes are much better than they used to be. 

4.  Paper towels (Job Squad or Viva work well) 

5.  #2 pencil 

6.  Eraser 

7.  Pocket knife (or other sharp tool…to be used for scraping)

8.  Water container (an empty plastic milk jug works well)

9.  Cellulose sponge (the cheap kind)

10.  Mirror  A plastic mirror, a hand mirror, or a small mirror (some hardware stores can cut a 5" x 7" plastic mirror which won't break)

11.  Liquor box (the free kind you pack in…will be used as an easel)

12.  Piece of corrugated plastic (usually political yard signs or for sale signs are made of this)

13.  Masking Tape

14.  Low Stool or folding chair (or a folding tripod stool, ideally, if you have one)

15.  Paper Arches 140 lb rough bright white

Memphis Botanic Gardens | Workshop with Wyatt Waters | March 2, 2024