Monika Pate - Exploring Realistic Textures in Watercolor - Still Life with Flowers - Workshop Information

Workshop Info

Exploring Realistic Textures in Watercolor - Still Life with Flowers

April 27-29, Thursday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

This workshop has been canceled.

Early Bird (until March 26) - $325 LAAG members / $375 nonmembers
Regular - $375 LAAG members / $425 nonmembers

To register contact Betty Klenke at or 225-907-4902


In this workshop students will learn how to paint dramatic florals in a simple still life setting by using transparent watercolor and applying multiple layers of paint to gradually develop colors and values. We will focus on exploring the effects of light on textures, values, colors and shapes. The instructor will provide step-by-step demonstrations every day, and explain the techniques. Students will also receive individual attention. Reference materials will be provided however students are welcome to bring their own resources to work from if they prefer. All skill levels are welcome.

Reference image(s) will be forwarded along with some more information to all participants about a month prior to the workshop.


Bring any watercolor materials that you already have. The following items are recommended.

  • Paper: Preferably Arches (or another brand similar quality), 300lb or 140lb rough or cold press, 22"x15" or larger if you prefer. Bring also some scrap paper for testing colors. Stretching 300lb paper is not necessary, but if you are going to use 140lb paper I would recommend stretching it.
  • Brushes: Bring what you already have. I recommend a selection of rounds - # 4, #6, #8, #12 and a 1" flat.
  • Paint: Bring the colors that you already have. Artist grade paints are best. The following is a recommended list:
    • New Gamboge
    • Winsor Lemon
    • Quinacridone Gold
    • Quinacridone Burnt Orange
    • Scarlet Lake
    • Vermillion
    • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
    • Sepia
    • Permanent Rose
    • Cobalt Blue
    • French Ultramarine or Ultramarine
    • Indigo
    • Sap Green
    • Winsor Green (blue shade)
    • Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna
    • Burnt Umber
    • Burnt Sienna
  • Board for watercolor paper support
  • Small scrub brush (Cheap Joe's Fritch Scrubber is very good)
  • Masking fluid of your choice
  • Old brush or another tool for applying masking fluid (if you are going to use a brush, bring also a small amount of liquid soap)
  • Masking tape
  • Paper towels
  • Water container
  • Pencil
  • Eraser

Artist Info

Monika Pate headshot

Monika Pate was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland and has a Master's Degree from Warsaw University. Monika works with transparent watercolor and is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor Art Society - Houston (Elite Member), Texas Watercolor Society (Purple Sage Status), Louisiana Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society and Iowa Watercolor Society. She is also a juried member of the International Guild of Realism. Her artwork is included in private and corporate collections in the US, Poland and Germany.

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