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Watercolor Magic! Painting Animals with Kathleen Lanzoni

  • 06/13/2023
  • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Art Gym, 1460 Leyden St., Denver, CO
  • 7



This fun-filled day of watercolor painting is focused on painting an animal using watercolor techniques. We will discuss washes, wet into wet, negative painting, values, color, texture, and composition as we paint a rabbit. Loose or detailed will work: how would you like to paint your rabbit?

The day begins with discussion and a painting exercise. Together we will work step-by-step on the elements and the techniques of painting. Artists will receive a photo of a rabbit which students will refer to during class time. 

Students are welcome to bring a different photo of an animal other than a rabbit to paint. 

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate or above


  • Photo of a rabbit

Supplies to Bring

Watercolor Paints 
(Any brand. Instructor uses professional grade Winsor Newton and Daniel Smith and suggests using paint from tubes however pan paints are good as well.)

Suggested Colors
  • French Ultramarine Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Payne's Grey
  • Red (Permanent Rose or Permanent Alizarin Crimson)
  • Quinacridone Red
  • Yellow - New Gamboge
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Green (Hookers, Sap Green, or Viridian Green)
  • Brown - Burnt Sienna
  • Violet - Winsor Violet
Watercolor Palette

Watercolor Paper (Instructor likes Arches brand paper)
  • Several sheets 
  • 9" x 12" or 11" x 14" (You can also buy full-size single sheets, 22" x 30" and cut these sheets to your desired size)
  • Cold Press, 140 lbs or 300 lbs.

Watercolor Brushes (make sure brushes are designed for watercolor not oil or acrylic)

  • Large  wash brush
  • Round #12 or larger
  • Flat (1" or 1/2")
  • Pointed or small round

Backing Board (to tape your paper to)
Masonite or foam core

Other Supplies to Bring

  • Masking tape (not blue painter's tape)
  • Water cups
  • Pencil and kneaded eraser
  • Paper towels/tissues
  • Sketch book

In Case of Questions

Email or call instructor or 303-898-3734


Kathleen has been teaching artists of all ages for many years including teaching with PHAC since 2016.

Kathleen artwork is created both in the studio and en plain air, painting in a realistic painterly style. The chosen subjects vary, exploring what inspires her in the moment. The light across a field or a child in a water fountain can spark the inspiration. Kathleen's artwork will have different subjects including portraits, landscapes, buildings, animals, and more.

Kathleen grew up in both Montreal and California and has done much traveling around the world. She has lived in Colorado for over 30-years, enjoying the endless subjects offered in this beautiful state. Formally training is from the Art Institute of Boston and the Massachusetts College of Art, graduating from both schools with a BFA.


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