Class Description:

This class examines the language and techniques of watercolor painting from the figure.

Students will paint using a variety of strategies derived from current and historical practice. As a medium that allows only a few corrections, the basis of watercolor must be understood. Students will learn the medium’s behavior on wet and dry paper and how to cause accidents without losing control, allowing the medium to express itself and create images that are alive. A variety of topics about the figure: life drawing and painting, nudes and portraits, flesh tones, reserving white from the paper, volume, and color theory. The aim is to build three- dimensionality from a flat surface, providing life to the human form. There will be daily lectures, demonstrations, exercises, and one-on-one guidance to find each student’s style. Investigating the model, we will be working through a series of activities, beginning with a series of quick gestural studies and progressing to longer paintings. The goal is to win the confidence and obtain definitive results in this unforgiving technique. All levels of experience are welcome.

Spring Session Dates:

Scheduled occurrences for the next session of this class are as follows:

Week 1:
6 - 9 pm ET
Week 2:
6 - 9 pm ET
Week 3:
6 - 9 pm ET
Week 4:
6 - 9 pm ET
Week 5:
6 - 9 pm ET
Week 6:
6 - 9 pm ET
Week 7:
6 - 9 pm ET
Week 8:
6 - 9 pm ET
Week 9:
6 - 9 pm ET

  1. Before Class - Welcome & How to Prepare for Class

  2. Week 1 - Three Values - Two Long Poses and anatomy

  3. Week 2 -  Wet-On-Wet - Two Long Poses

  4. Week 3  Warm and Cool - Short Poses

  5. Week 4 - Three Colors - Color Skin - Two Long Poses

  6. Week 5 - Four Colors - Color Temperature, Reflected Light

  • $445.00
  • In-Person
  • 9 Weeks
  • Beginner to Advanced

Meet Your Instructor

Marcelo Daldoce


Marcelo Daldoce (b. 1979) is a Brazilian artist living and working in Philadelphia since 2020. In 2016, he acquired his MFA from the New York Academy of Art. He has shown his work in Brazil, NYC, Sotheby’s, and many other international exhibitions. Daldoce’s primary medium is watercolor. For more than 20 years, he has been uniquely transforming it. His skill, style, and subjects have infused the medium with contemporary vitality.

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