Adventures in Watercolor with Julie Blanchard


  • $135.00  -  Non-Member
  • $120.00  -  Member


Four Mondays, beginning August 3
from 10am-noon


This class will provide the opportunity to play with a variety of materials that can make watercolor fun and create very unexpected results. Working from imagination, memory and your own photos and sketches you will create original interpretations which will appeal to the senses and highlight visual elements of color, texture, and value. Direct watercolor painting, wet on wet and dry brush techniques will be demonstrated and practiced, knowledge of color, value and composition will also be addressed. Beginners are welcome.   

This class meets in the Owl Hall located on the main level of the Education Wing. 


Suggested materials: sketch book, spiral bound, 6×9 or 8×10 foam core board at least 24×36 masking tape paper towels, plastic containers or bucket for water, palette, John Pike or similar, with lid or cover, soft pencil, kneaded eraser, sponges paper 140 lb Arches. Cold press 22×30 3 sheets brushes: good quality #10 round, 1″ or 3/4″. Sable or sabelline and any other brushes you may have Paint: Cadmium Yellow, Burnt Sienna,  Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light, Ultra Marine Blue, Cerulean Blue,  Magenta, and Thalo blue.


The safety of our students, teachers, patrons, volunteers, and staff is our highest priority. A number of adjustments have been put in place to keep everyone safe for in-person classes at the Cultural Center. We are disinfecting public spaces frequently and have installed hand sanitizer stations throughout the building. To ensure the safety of those around you, please wear a mask, practice social distancing, and in other ways follow CDC guidelines while at the Cultural Center. Thank you!

Julie Blanchard graduated from Emmanuel College, Boston MA, as an art major in 1967 and began a 36 year career, teaching art in the Waltham Public Schools. She began working in a masters program in studio art and art history, receiving an MAT in Fine arts in 1984 from Assumption College in Worcester. In 1985 became the Director of Art for the Waltham Public Schools. Working in watercolor on the spot, outdoors, in every kind of weather became a regular part of the schedule. Using strong color and a variety of techniques to capture the mood and feeling of the day, Blanchard allows nature to take a hand in the completed work. Whether it is sand and bugs or ice crystals in winter she makes use of the environment to help capture the moment. Since retiring in 2003, she has traveled across the United States, driving and painting to Idaho in the summer of 2004. Then joining a group of traveling artists to paint in Ireland (2004), Italy (2005), the Greek Isles (2006) and Cornwall, England (2007).

Blanchard is juried artist member of the Cape Cod Art Association, the South Shore Art Center and regularly exhibits throughout New England. She is a Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society and Associate Member of the National Watercolor Society. Her watercolor paintings are in private collections in Arizona, California, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Idaho, Texas, Missouri and Virginia.

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