Art Making | Watercolors: How to Bring Back Highlights


Art Making | Watercolors: How to Bring Back Highlights

Francis Orville Libby (American, 1883–1961), Northern Lights. Watercolor. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Carl Otto von Kienbusch, Class of 1906, for the Carl Otto von Kienbusch Jr. Memorial Collection. © Estate of Francis Orville Libby


Sunday, July 26, 2020


3:00 PM EDT

The Art Museum and the Arts Council of Princeton have partnered to provide a series of watercolor-painting classes taught by artist-instructor Barbara DiLorenzo. Participants can join live from their home computers, tablets, or phones. With an emphasis on color mixing and brushwork, each week’s lesson will be inspired by works in the Museum’s collections.

Students often wonder what to do when the tones of their watercolor paintings get too dark. Since artists generally try to leave the white of the paper as the lightest value in their paintings, it can be frustrating when those areas are mistakenly painted over. We will explore lifting colors to get a lighter tone in earlier sessions, but in this class we will talk about paint called gouache. This is a water-soluble, opaque paint that can be helpful in bringing back highlights that have been lost or mixing with another color to create lighter moments. We will also discuss a tool called resist, or masking fluid, for the painter who wants to preserve those lighter areas from the beginning. 

Free registration at (when prompted, click to sign in as “attendee”)

This event will include live closed captions in both English and Spanish. English captions are available directly in the Zoom toolbar, by clicking the "CC" icon. To access Spanish language captioning, enter the Zoom webinar, then open a separate web browser to visit where you can select “Spanish” to see the live captioning.

Para acceder a los subtítulos en varios idiomas, ingrese al seminario web de Zoom durante un evento en vivo, luego abra un navegador web separado para visitar esta página donde puede seleccionar" español "o el idioma de su elección.

Spanish-language live closed-captioning for this program is made possible by the Rapid Response Magic Project of the Princeton University Humanities Council.

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