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Portraits in Watercolor - Lisa Riannson (Garrison)

  • 09/22/2023
  • 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Art Gym, 1460 Leyden St, Denver, CO 80220



Bring your watercolor portraits to life! Using fundamental and intermediate techniques, you will learn how to paint portraits in watercolor and bring out the subject's personality. We'll work through multiple exercises to practice how to accurately represent the figure and bring out their expression. 

Drawing experience is recommended.

Experience Level:

Intermediate to Advanced

Supplies to Bring

Watercolor paper (instructor recommends Arches)

Watercolor palette

Watercolor brushes: 0, 2, 4, 8, and 12 (instructor recommends Princeton & Co.)

Watercolor paint: (instructor recommends Daniel Smith or Winsor & Newton)


  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Cadmium Red Medium
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Phthalo Green Blue Shade
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Payne's Grey

Sketch Book

Pencils in various hardness with at least one 2H

Kneaded eraser

Paper towels

Water cup or jar

Reference photos - personal or magazines

Instructor will provide:

Spray bottle and brush soap

In case of questions

Contact instructor by email: or call: (303)-519-4543

About the Instructor

Lisa Riannson (Garrison) is a water media artist whose work is devoted to strong contrast, bursts of color, and attention to fine details. Regardless whether she is working in watercolor or acrylic, she's focused on creating a dynamic composition by strategically placing value and color. 

She taught Portraits in Watercolor at the Park Hill Art Club in 2019. She has also taught at the Colorado Free University and her private studio. In Spring, 2020 she was a demonstrating artist at the Denver Art Museum. Her work has been shown at the Lone Tree Art Expo, Canon Gallery, SYNC Gallery, the CLIO Art Fair, and other local venues.


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