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Intermediate Expressive Watercolor: Virtual

with Lisa Rasmussen, Professional Artist

The registration period has closed for this event.

Dates: Wednesdays, May 10, 17, 24 and 31

Time: 1:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Fee: $210 ($189 Members)

Supplies are not included. A supply list will be distributed soon.


This class introduces students to fluid watercolor techniques such as wet-on-wet. Students will learn to work with more water in the beginning and middle of the painting process and then rely on the skills learned in Beginning Watercolor to refine and add detail towards the end of the process. Students will create textures for backgrounds, work on color mixing using a limited palette, and learn to use glazing and masking fluid. Techniques for correcting mistakes in watercolor will also be covered. Upon completion of this course, students will have knowledge/skill of the following:
• Working with various amounts of water and watercolor paint;
• Working wet-on-wet;
• Working with masking fluid;
• Making a variety of watercolor textures such as salt, plastic wrap, etc.;
• Glazing;
• Working with a limited palette; and
• Color mixing


Prerequisites: Beginning Watercolor, Intermediate Drawing. 


Note: This class involves homework assignments. The amount of time students need to spend on homework varies and usually ranges from five to fifteen hours per week.



Remaining Seats: 5

Registration open through 5/9/2023 2:00 PM EST | Refund Policy

About the Instructor

A professional illustrator, designer and artist for most of her career, Rasmussen works in a variety of media both traditional and digital. Her work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Carnegie-Mellon University, a master’s degree in elementary education from Russell State College and a master’s degree in graphic design from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

She is an adjunct art instructor at Waynesburg University and Community College of Allegheny County. Also, she teaches workshops throughout the region, including drawing, painting, design fundamentals, typography, graphic design, illustration and figure drawing at Carnegie-Mellon University and a series of instructional lectures for the docents at the Carnegie Museum of Art. In addition, Rasmussen does freelance and commission work and operates her own studio.

She is a member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, AIGA, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, American Society of Botanical Artists, Allegheny Highlands Botanical Artists Society.

Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration Credits

Intermediate Watercolor (Expressive or Traditional): Credits - 1


This course fulfills a core requirement in our Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration program.

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UNC Community Standards

We are taking extensive precautions to make sure the Garden is a safe place to visit, and we need your help to keep it safe for everyone. When registering, you must agree to abide by the UNC Community Standards. Read the UNC Community Standards here.

In brief, please follow these practices:

  • Before leaving home for class, check for symptoms using the COVID-19 screening checklist. Do not attend class if you are experiencing any symptom(s) indicated on the screening checklist. If you are not able to attend class for this reason, we will offer you a full refund as course credit or to your credit card.

  • Watch your distance and remain 6 feet apart from others.

  • Bring a mask with you. Wear a mask at all times indoors and when you are unable to maintain a 6' distance outdoors.

  • Wash your hands often.

  • Wipe off your work area before and after class with disinfecting wipes that will be available in the classroom.

By doing these things, you are doing your part to keep others safe both on campus and in our local communities.



This program will be offered online via Zoom.
A meeting link and password will be sent a few days before the program.