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Watercolor Painting on Yupo with Mary Guntzviller

June 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


“Painters are a rare breed. We don’t give up. Every time we pick up a brush, painters attempt to produce visual images no one has ever seen. Sometimes the outcome is less than successful, but EVERY effort is a new experience, a new chance to expand our skills.” – Mary Guntzviller

Quick witted and ready to dive in, Mary Guntzviller is an engaging instructor who encourages her students to ask the questions to learn. She describes this workshop as… “An experimental class with plastic “paper”. Coral reefs appear before your eyes! Add fish and boom… A painting!”

During the morning session, students will learn the techniques necessary to paint on Yupo. After the lunch break, Mary will lead students into an exploration of coral reef scenery. Whether a newbie or more advanced student, all are welcome to attend.


8 student max

Lunch & refreshments provided.

Please inform the gallery staff of any dietary needs/allergies when calling to register.  #231 264 0123 


If you are buying supplies for the first time check out the minimumsupplies.  Printed in Bold, underlined & italicized.

  • DRAWING OR MECHANICAL PENCIL (HB or softer); school pencils are fine
  • SKETCHBOOK (or any drawing paper);
  • PAINT You will need, at a minimum, the first FOUR PAINT COLORS. (PLUS any & all of your favorite colors)

If you are buying paint for the first time, I recommend  Van Gogh brand watercolor tubes.

  • Ultramarine blue
    • (VanGogh = Ultramarine Deep)
  • A true yellow
    • (VanGogh = Permanent Lemon Yellow)
  • A true red
  • (VanGogh = Permanent Red Deep)
  • Cerulean Blue
    • (VanGogh = Cerulean Blue)
  • Permanent Orange (mixing a true orange is difficult)
  • Quinacridone Rose (bright pink color)
  • Burnt Umber (Dark Brown, can be mixed with Ultra Blue to make black)
  • Sap green (easily mixed by combining Cerulean & Yellow)
  • Raw Sienna (Yellow ochre is a similar color, but it is very opaque and tends to “muddy” mixtures
  • BRUSHES (Any brushes rated for Watercolor or Acrylic are fine to start)

You will need, at a minimum, 3 brushes

  • Small pointed round, #6 or #8,
  • Flat, ½” or ¾”
  • A bigger brush for washes (If beginner, I’ll lend you one until you understand what to buy)
  • Small (⅛” or ¼”) flat
  • Rigger or Script brush for tree limbs
  • YUPO “paper” (Any weight of paper is fine, comes in a pad)
  • PALETTE with at least a 10” x 10” mixing area
    • You will need, at a minimum, any flat WHITE surface to mix colors; Styrofoam dinner plates work really well.
  • BOARD (at least 13”x16”) to hold w/c paper. Bring more than one, if you can.
  • WATER CONTAINER (for rinsing brushes; “cool whip” type container works)
  • MASKING TAPE (3M or Scotch Brand)
  • SPRAY BOTTLE with adjustable nozzle, for water
  • PLIERS for opening tubes of paint
  • HUMOR (maximum amount; no minimum here!)
  • BIG BAG to carry everything!!!!!

OTHER ITEMS (fun but not necessary)

  • PEBEO DRAWING GUM (Preferred masking fluid…DON’T BUY any if can’t find)
  • Rubber Cement PICK-UP (for removing masking fluid)



June 29
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10443 S Bay Shore Dr
Elk Rapids, MI 49629 United States
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