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Sat, Jun 29


Hamilton County Artists' Association

Donna Arnold teaches Watercolor on Gesso

We will be exploring the exciting possibilities of working with watercolor on a textured, gessoed surface. Students will learn to prepare their own substrates and how to handle the paint in new ways. SEE COURSE DETAILS FOR SUPPLY LIST. NOTE: There will be a $20 Supplies fee at the workshop.

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Donna Arnold teaches Watercolor on Gesso
Donna Arnold teaches Watercolor on Gesso

Time & Location

Jun 29, 2019, 10:00 AM EDT – Jun 30, 2019, 4:00 PM EDT

Hamilton County Artists' Association, 195 South 5th Street, Noblesville, IN, USA


About the Event

A product of the upper Midwest, Donna Arnold has been a Hoosier since 1980. She has been

teaching art equally as long, first as a high school art teacher, then as owner of Washington

Street School of Art, Goshen, IN, and, most recently, teaching classes in her studio in Carmel.

She holds a BFA from Ohio University and a Masters from IU, and has participated in many

workshops around the country to continue growth as an artist.

After years as a traditional landscape painter, Donna now works primarily in mixed media and

collage, blending watercolor and acrylic. Much of her new work involves creating completely

experimental surfaces to create surprising effects that are developed into finished paintings.

"I think being an artist is a gift that involves not just giving to others through your work, but it is

a life-long, never ending challenge to learn, push yourself and grow. The challenge of working

in this free form/structured manner requires me to move beyond what is comfortable, what is

known. That's the key to real creativity."

Arnold is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of Indiana, Indiana Artist's Club,

Hamilton County Art Association, and the Santa Rita Art League, Green Valley, AZ.

For further information:

Workshop Supply List


Strathmore 500 Series Vellum Heavyweight watercolor board (sometimes called Illustration board) make sure not to get plate surface. Vellum is preferred.

Liquitex Gel Matte Medium

(Because this board has to be purchased in a 10 pack which makes it very expensive and because the gel medium is also pricey, I will have both available for you. The board will be cut (one 10x15 and a second 15x30) and the small one textured for you to start on the first day. ). I will charge a materials fee of $20 for the materials and surface preparation.

WATERCOLORS (I use Holbein but you may use any professional brand)

Carmine or any Alizerine Crimson

Indian Yellow (or Quin gold, Quin Burnt Sienna, etc.)

Burnt Sienna

Ultramarine Blue

Raw Sienna


Synthetic brushes (you won’t want to use good sable brushes on this rough surface)

1 1/2” flat

3/4” flat

12 or 14 Round

10 Rouns

8 Round

Small flat or filbert brush to soften edges


#2 pencil


Water container

Paper Towels


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