Watercolor for All

Fit for any skill level, this course helps you master watercolor techniques such as transparency and opacity, flat and graduated wash, wet-on-wet, lifting and resists. Includes a field trip to an exhibit or artist studio.

Originally used primarily for sketches and wildlife paintings in the Renaissance, the medium of watercolor has grown in popularity over the ages and been used by some of history’s greatest artists. Artist Ellen Orseck is your guide as you master techniques in watercolor such as transparency and opacity, flat and graduated wash, wet-on-wet, lifting and resists. Learn about the nature of various papers and brushes and study examples of watercolor works by Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Emil Nolde, Alice Neel, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, Mary Cassatt, Wassily Kandinsky and others. This course includes a field trip to either an exhibit or an artist’s studio. (Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation. All skill levels are welcome.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GSTU1007.F17.1 Ellen Orseck On-campus 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Instructor: Ellen Orseck

Ellen Orseck, M.A., is a Houston-based artist whose artwork has been exhibited across Houston and Texas, as well as in New York City and Lima, Peru. She has been awarded several commissions from state art councils, corporate collections and private patrons and was a finalist for The Hunting Prize. Ms. Orseck is represented by Nicole Longnecker Gallery in Houston. Her education includes four years at the Glassell School of Art. Ms. Orseck holds a master’s degree in painting from New York University and a master’s degree in museum education from George Washington University.

Term: Fall 2017

Start Date: Sept. 27, 2017

End Date: Nov. 15, 2017

Schedule: 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Length: Eight Wednesdays (with off campus field trip)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $335 (Fee does not include cost of supplies, approximately $95.)

Rice Alumni: $302

CEUs: 2.0

Note: Limited enrollment. Supply lists will be available two weeks prior to course start date. Please email cpcoord@rice.edu with any questions.

Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation for the course field trip.

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