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Fluid Florals—Dutch Masters with Claire Wilson

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Friday, October 14, 5:00pm - 6:30pm PST

This month we’ll be drawing inspiration from the still life florals of the 17th Century Dutch Masters. Instead of the usual white paper, we’ll be experimenting with depicting floral reference on black watercolor paper. A trademark of the paintings of this era was a deep dark background that emphasized the light and colour of the flowers. This class will explore the movement of pigment through water, using wet on wet and pulling and charging techniques to convey the luminous qualities of flowers. We'll use the black paper medium to play around with depth and shadows, and some unexpected hues!

Join zoom 15 minutes early (4:45pm PST) for an informal meet and greet with the instructor and other class participants! Session instructions will begin promptly at 5:05pm PST so that everyone has plenty of time to join!


  • Round Paintbrushes - small and large - I like to use a size 12 for flowers
  • Watercolour paints - some warms, cools, neutrals like a grey or ochre, and maybe a neon or metallic if you have one!
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • Paper Towel
  • Black Watercolour Paper - i'll be using Stonehenge Aqua 300 gms/140 lb 9 x 12 Legion Cold Press
  • Scrap paper to swatch colours
  • Mixing palette
  • Floral reference - fresh flowers are great and perhaps a piece of fruit , I’ll also be providing reference photos.
  • *optional - washi or artists tape

Claire Wilson is a fine artist, creative educator, and textile designer living in Brooklyn, NY. Through her work she explores the beauty of the female form, interior spaces & fashion while considering the use of colour, shape and textures. Having spent her career creating fabric designs in the fashion industry, colour palettes are the foundation of her practice.

See more of Claire’s work at and Instagram: @smudge_studiobk

*Each class is currently capped at 40 people, but we will be offering 5 free spots per class to people with financial need. Email if you would like to request a spot. Free spots are first come, first serve.

**All workshops are recorded and the replay will be automatically available the day after class to everyone who paid for a spot! The link to the recording will expire 30 days after the date of the session.

***We are only able to refund if we’re notified at least 48 hours prior to the session.

****Links to sessions will be sent via email 24 hours and 15 minutes prior to the session; please check out using the email to which you’d like the link sent. If you have not received the link within 24 hours prior to the session, please check your spam folder first and email