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Watercolor with Sarah Simon - a benefit for the Volunteer Park Conservatory


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Event details

Date & Time:

August 14, 2021 1:00 PM


2.5 hours


Live Virtual Workshop

An extra special one time event…

Come join us for an afternoon of Watercolor with artist Sarah Simon, TheMintGardener while she teaches us to paint a piece of art that celebrates the Volunteer Park Conservatory!

Class Overview:

Two hours of Watercolor instruction, including an introduction to the foundations of the watercolor art, and a project to complete together. This ‘Agave’ with the arched walls of the Conservatory in the background was designed especially for this class by Sarah to support the VPC.


This class is being held as a Fundraiser! The Friends of the Conservatory (aka the FOC) supports the Volunteer Park Conservatory by advocating for and encouraging preservation, public participation, and education of the Conservatory and its horticulture collection. The proceeds of this FOC X TheMintGardener fundraiser watercolor class will support the FOC in developing virtual programming, creating accessible educational materials, and advancing reopening efforts for the Conservatory! Attend and donate, and enjoy this painting class – all while knowing that your contributions to this wonderful event are helping the lovely plants at the VPC, and the amazing humans behind the scenes at the FOC!

More about the Volunteer Park Conservatory:

The Conservatory is a beautiful historic landmark located in Volunteer Park, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.

Modeled after London’s Crystal Palace it is a Historic Victorian greenhouse anchoring Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill since 1912. The glass greenhouse is surrounded by the beautiful scenery, and elegant lawns of the celebrated Olmsted park.

Encompassing five distinct temperate houses the Conservatory showcases a vast variety of tropical and subtropical plant life. Stroll through the stunning Palm, Seasonal, Cactus, Fern, and Bromeliad houses to experience the curated horticultural displays.

Class Details:

If you have taken a watercolor workshop with Sarah before, then you know what a thorough, engaging and knowledgeable teacher she is. In this class, she will be exploring all of your favorite watercolor techniques, and adding a few too. Sarah has taught thousands of people to watercolor in her classes, and

You will explore how to add depth to your watercolors and mix up color recipes, as well as playing with mark-making to see how incredible your round brushes really are. We will be completing this full project in class, together step by step, so you will have a complete piece of frameable art when you are done! We will explore different approaches to watercoloring, and learn which techniques Sarah uses to get the clean, smooth and vibrant look she is able to capture with her paintbrush. As always, Sarah will provide you with pre-drawn art, so there will be no pressure to draw anything in class. All you have to do is open up the supplies we send you, and tune in online as Sarah guides you live, real time, through the mindful practice of watercolor in these peaceful hues.  

Workshop Materials:

We will mail you the workshop materials, or if you’re local to the Seattle area, you will be able to pick them up at StudioLife. Hint, hint: there will be some fun surprises for those who can pick up in person! Stay tuned for more announcements and details…

Attendees will receive the following supplies:

  • Winsor & Newton professional watercolor paints in sample-size dot cards that will enable you to paint for many projects!
  • Sakura of America, Pigma 01 Micron pen
  • Princeton Brushes #selectartiste series brushes in a Round 4 and a Round 1 size
  • A Watercolor Fundamental Technique sheet, ready to complete in class
  • The final ‘Agave’ art project, ready to complete in class
  • An extra sheet of Professional watercolor paper of the highest quality (140 # weight 300 gsm Cold Press) from Hahnemühle Global
  • An Information Sheet listing all of Sarah's favorite supplies, brands and where to find them which will be emailed following class.

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