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Loosen Up, Explore, and Play -- Lisa Garrison


Do you have an artistic block? Do you tend to paint the same type of work and want to explore other mediums and subjects? Do you want to play and create art together as a community?

Join me for 8 weeks of fun and exploration in the form of a group art game. I’ve found that playing this game as a warm-up, when I’m feeling down, or when I’m wondering what to paint next is a fantastic way to get my creative juices flowing and discover new things. 

It goes like this…There are 4 types of cards that we choose from at the beginning of class:

  • Subject – Abstract, Landscape, Portrait, Still Life
  • Medium – Acrylic, Drawing (graphite, charcoal, or colored pencil), Oil Pastel, Watercolor, Mixed Media
  • Color Scheme – Monochrome, Complementary, Analagous, Split Complementary, Triadic, High Key, Low Key
  • Element – Color, Form, Line, Movement, Shape, Texture, Value

  • Example – Still Life, Acrylic, High Key, Color

We would each choose a still life from photo references or something in the room and paint a small high key acrylic painting focusing on color. You can see the tulips I painted above.

Each class will also include a short discussion in the beginning about each of the cards chosen.

Portraits in Watercolor -- Lisa Garrison


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 will draw and paint multiple portraits to practice how to accurately represent the figure and bring out their expression. We will also incorporate the background as an additional element to the portrait.

Drawing experience is recommended.


Arches watercolor paper – 22” x 30” cold press

Watercolor palette

Watercolor brushes – 0, 2, 4, 8, 12 round, Princeton & Co. recommended

Watercolor paint – Daniel Smith or Winsor & Newton professional recommended:

Cadmium Yellow Light, New Gamboge, Cadmium Red Medium, Perylene Red, Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Sap Green, Phthalo Green Blue Shade, Yellow Ochre, Naples Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Indigo, Payne’s Gray 

Sketch book

Pencils in various hardness, with at least one 2H

Kneaded eraser

Paper towels

Water cup or jar

Reference photos – Personal photos or magazines


Lisa Garrison is an award winning self-taught artist from Littleton, Colorado. She began painting in 2009 while living in Illinois, focusing on realistic watercolors. Her work is painted in layers, bringing out the reflection and contrast of light and shadow.

Lisa is passionate about teaching and demystifying the unpredictability of watercolor. As a data analyst by trade, she is very detail oriented and equally left-brain/right-brain. Watercolor is a fluid medium that can be difficult to control and adjust. She enjoys the planning and forethought that realistic watercolor painting requires and teaching others how to be successful with the medium.

Her work has been exhibited in many national juried exhibitions in Colorado and New York. Her work has also been seen in Tatler magazine.

Lisa currently works out of her home in Centennial, Colorado, where she lives with her family.

IG: @LisaGarrisonArt


5209 Montview Blvd
Denver 80207

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