New Instructor: Daniel Riesmeyer
5 weeks: November 1 – December 6 (no class November 22 for Thanksgiving)
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $175 Member, $210 Non-members
To register click HERE.

This challenging but fun water-media course introduces students to drawing monochromatically with ink-wash or watercolor and the practice of breaking down visual information into shapes of value with which a drawing is “built,” without a drawn underpinning.  These drawings emphasize immediacy or the direct response to a subject, as such students should expect to make many one-sitting drawings.  Wash-drawing is an excellent way to bridge the gap between dry drawing media and oil painting while keeping the materials light and portable.


November 1 - December 6, 2017


10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Class Schedule:

Wednesdays 10am - 1pm

Class Information:

Materials List for The Landscape in Ink Wash
with Daniel Riesmeyer

Materials List

Watercolor paper – at least 140lb. I like having a variety of different textures (hot pressed, cold pressed, and rough) with me when I am looking for subjects bit I buy one cold pressed watercolor block (not spiral bound) and use the pad as a folder for an assortment of other paper brands which I buy by the sheet and tear down as needed.

The brands of cold pressed paper I use are either Fabriano “Blocco Per Artisti” or Arches but any will do if it is 140lb. You might also consider buying a sheet of handmade Indian or Chinese watercolor paper to try – it is usually much rougher in texture than European papers.

Either black waterproof India Ink (with a dropper) or a tube of black watercolor (Winsor Newton or another decent brand).

A folding (closing) watercolor palette if you choose to use watercolor.

A palette with wells if you choose to use ink. You may substitute the palette with a single small wide-mouth container in which you might otherwise store water.

Brushes – I use an assortment of Winsor and Newton Bamboo Sumi brushes. I specifically use this brand because other imported/Chinese brands don’t last long when using waterproof ink (the bristles shed and fall out because of shellac in the ink). If you can’t find these, don’t worry. I use a variety of sizes but not usually more than two or three at a time, from 0 – 12. You may also alternatively use a small variety of watercolor brushes – in this case I usually use three: one small round, one medium sized round (the width of a pencil), and one flat 1” wash brush.

A container for clean water – wide-mouth, for cleaning brushes

A bottle of water

Paper towels

Artists tape

An 11”x14” or 16”x20” cradled wood panel – this is to be used as a drawing board for drawing while on site. I would suggest getting the 1” thick Ampersand unfinished variety. I usually just prop the board on my lap or a nearby table or chair but if you want to buy/use an easel that is fine.

Optional – I have found having my own folding stool is advantageous when I can’t find somewhere to sit but I find an interesting subject. You have to keep the drawing almost horizontal/flat so the ink doesn’t run – I usually sit and work on my lap.