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COMING SOON: Watercolor Pencils + Acrylics

By April 11, 2020April 11th, 2023No Comments

Coming in Fall

Wednesday, September 6 – October 4, 2023

 5-week Art Clinic with J. Jordan Bruns– 

Watercolor Pencils and Acrylics go together like peas and carrots. Use watercolor pencils to create a fantastic foundation while mapping/sketching out both the still life and figure. Acrylic paints are then added right on top of your watercolor pencil foundation in selective areas, bringing attention and focus to specific areas. It’s the perfect marriage of expressive and detailed painting. Please note there is a $20 model fee paid in class. Class Level: intermediate to advanced.

Schedule of Classes:

Class 1) September 13- In class Demo on the technique.

Use watercolor pencils to map the still-life on our paper, two weeks still-life.

Class 2) September 20– Use acrylic paints to add texture, washes, and higher chroma in some areas of the piece.  Keeping some areas blank, utilizing the white of the paper as highlight

Class 3 September 27– Begin Two-week figure pose (1 of 2) Model will be Sheba

Class 4) October 4– Finish Two-week pose (2 of 2) Model will be Sheba

Class 5) October 11 – Use time to finish up the “independent work” done outside of class, working from photograph.  Also, use class time do talk about “quick sketch” and how to apply the technique to plein air.


Supply List for Session 1: Conte and Water-Soluble Graphite

Acrylic Brushes rounds (#6 and #10)

Acrylic Brush, filbert or flat (#8 or #14)

¾” White Artist Tape (acid free)

Derwent Inktense Colored Pencils (set of 12 or 24)

Acrylic Paint (see below)

Gray Matters “disposable” pallet paper

Two sheets, 20×30” Arches (or similar brand) Cold Press watercolor paper

Acrylic Paint Note:

Any acrylic paint will work for this Art Clinic.  Any of these varieties will work just fine: “Heavy Body”, “Soft Body”, “Liquid”, “Open”, “High Flow” or “Fluid”.  I think GOLDEN “High Flow” and “Fluid” work awesome in mixed media, so I have those colors listed below.  If you have a color palette that is comfortable to your painting approach, please bring what works.  If you would like additional suggestions on a palette that are for Heavy Body Acrylics, let me know and I can send you that list as well.

Suggested Paint High Flow or Fluid Colors 4 0z tubes

 Benzimidazolone Yellow Light Naples Yellow

Pyrrole Orange

Naphthol Red Light OR Quinacridone Red

Permanent Alizarin Crimson (Hue) OR Quinacridone Magenta

French Ultramarine OR Pthalo Blue

Phthalo Green BS

Sap Green Hue OR Green Gold

Yellow Ochre OR Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide

Burnt Siena OR Transparent Red Iron Oxide

Burnt Umber

Titanium White (8oz or 160z)

Carbon Black

Not Important but FUN Paint Colors:


Neutral Gray N5

Permanent Violet Dark

Quinacridone / Nickel Azo Gold

Coming Fall 2023
J. Jordan Bruns, Glen Echo Park, Just Add Water, Watercolor Pencils, Acrylics

Materials Pass

is encouraged for “Just Add Water” but is an optional fee that rents out all the materials you would need for your Art Clinic class and provides the specific paper needed.  For this session of “Just add Water” the materials pass is $40.  Please note that with Material Pass, you keep your artwork but are leasing the drawing/painting tools (like brushes and palette).  If you select to pay the Materials Pass, please email Jordan Bruns, to let him know.  You can always email with any questions.