Still Life Watercolors with Jeanne Potter

adult courses

Jeanne Potter, Still Life Patterns, watercolor, 7 3/4" x 10 1/4""

Tuesdays, March 19 - April 23, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Registration Fee: $325


Discover how the delicate translucency and speed of watercolor is ideally suited to capturing light, shadows and form of still life arrangements. There will be an emphasis on using the watercolor medium including correct brushwork, water/pigment ratio and the application to various watercolor paper surfaces. Learn how to mix fresh and effective color combinations along with the ability to see value as color. Study how to capture an effective still life painting through careful interpretation of what one sees. Successful composition and correct application of drawing skills will be discussed. Course includes instructor demonstrations along with each week a display of historical and contemporary artists. Students will be encouraged to develop a personal style and painting aesthetic.

Supplies Needed

  • Paper: 4 Sheets Arches or Fabriano 140 lb 22” x 30” Cold (semi-rough) or Hot (smooth) Press or a combination of - will cut to size in class.
    (OR Fabriano 140 lb. Cold Press Pad of 50 sheets 11” x 14”)
  • Watercolor Brushes: #12 & #8 Round Sable or Sable Synthetic Blend and a small brush for detail. (Optional: ½” or 1” Flat; Isabey Siberian Blue Squirrel Quill Mop #2, or #5) **If you can only afford one brush, please purchase a Pointed Round Size 10 Raphael Short Handle Kaerell Synthetic 8394 which is very versatile.
  • Paints: Winsor Newton preferred (or Cotman if too pricy to purchase Winsor Newton)
    Small tubes: Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Permanent Sap Green,
    Permanent Green #1 (made by Holbein), Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Black (Lamp or Ivory)
    (*More Affordable Option: Pelikan Transparent Watercolor Pan Set of 12)
    Optional colors: Viridian, Lavender (Holbein), Verditer Blue (Holbein), Lemon Yellow (Nickel Titanate), Permanent Rose and Davy’s Gray.
  • Palette: Enameled white ‘Butcher’s Tray Palette’ 11” x 15”
    (Not needed if you choose the Pelikan Pan Set, only for tube paints)
  • Masonite Sketch board 15” x 16”
    White Paper Tape ¾”
    Pencils: HB and 2B
    Eraser: Kneaded eraser only
    Clear, transparent container with lid
    Bounty paper towels
    Small spiral bound sketchbook (Suggestion: Strathmore 100 sheets 5 ½” x 8 ½”)

About the Artist


Jeanne Potter holds B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts with post-graduate studies at the Art Student’s League in New York and master classes with Burton Silverman. A life-long watercolorist, she has taught painting and drawing for over 20 years and is a former faculty member of the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. She recently transitioned after ten years as Director of the Maritime Gallery at the Mystic Seaport Museum to devote her creative energy to her own painting and teaching. Jeanne is presently the Resident Curator and Director of Art Education at the Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI

As a teacher, Jeanne encourages her students to nurture their own art spirit and to learn from artists throughout history. She prefers to paint and draw from life, but also enjoys working in the studio with a focus on portrait, architecture and still life. Jeanne was honored at “Women in the Arts” day at the Connecticut state capital in Hartford and her work is represented in public and private collections.

Registration Policies
  • Withdrawals and Refunds
    All Courses

    To officially withdraw from a class, submit written notification to the Director of Community Engagement and Arts Programming by email or by fax. Refunds will be calculated according to the following schedule upon receipt of written notice:

    • Two weeks prior to class start: 100%.
    • One week prior to class start: 80%.
    • After the start of class: no refund.
  • Cancellations and Schedule Changes
    Non-Credit Courses

    Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts reserves the right to cancel courses, to alter fees, scheduling or staffing of courses. If a program or course is cancelled, students will be informed at least one week before the class start date. Please allow six weeks to process all refunds. Students will receive full refunds in the event of course cancellation.