321-Watercolor Sunflowers

It’s always sunny when there is a sunflower in the room. We will paint a single sunflower as well as sunflowers in a landscape. Learn to paint flowers that breathe. Techniques include painting wet in wet, the pressure stroke, negative painting and spattering. Novice to advanced.

Special Notes

All students must comply with the Policies and Procedures found on The Center's website. There will be no refunds for students removed from class for failure to observe The Center’s Policies and Procedures.


• 140 lb cold press Arches WATERCOLOR PAPER, cut or torn to 11 x 15” or a
9 x 12” cold press block. A small watercolor sketchbook is handy for
experimenting and taking notes. I use a Canson Montval Field Watercolor
ArtBook, 7 x 10”.
• Nos. 8, 10 and 12 round brushes. Sable is the ideal but it’s very expensive.
My current favorite brand is Silver Black Velvet. They are a mix of squirrel
and synthetic. The squirrel holds the water and the synthetic fibers spring
back after the stroke.

Winsor & Newton, Sennilier, Holbein, and Daniel Smith are all excellent
watercolor brands. If you are new to watercolor and are not ready to make an
investment in professional paint, use W&N Cotman paint.

• Cadmium yellow or cad yellow light
• Aureolin or Winsor lemon or Permanent Lemon
• Quinacridone Gold
• Raw Sienna or Yellow Ochre
• Burnt Sienna
• Cadmium red or Cadmium red light
• Quinacridone Rose or Permanent Rose
• Alizarin Crimson
• Mineral Violet
• Ultramarine Blue
• Cerulean or Cobalt Turquoise Light
• Cobalt
• Winsor (phthalo) Blue
• Winsor (phthalo) Green
• Palette for your paint.
• Mixing tray or dishes. Small butcher trays are ideal. Porcelain dishes are great too.

About the Instructor

Doris Ettlinger

A graduate of RISD and the University of Wisconsin - Madison; teacher/coach of the Musconetcong Watercolor Group in Hampton NJ. She has illustrated 40 picture books for children. Her books feature a sensitive drawing style and skillful watercolor technique. Doris's work has been included in the 2024 International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society.  Please visit:  www.dorisettlinger.com to link to her social media, YouTube and Etsy shop.  


Class Details

July 21 - July 21, 10:30 am - 01:30 pm

Days: Sunday

Tuition: $85

Member Tuition: $60

Location: The Center for Contemporary Art

Semester: Summer 2024

Level: Adult

Instructor: Doris Ettlinger