Adult Workshop: Seeing the Light

Discover and learn advanced watercolor techniques.

Discover and learn advanced watercolor techniques with Virginia Watercolor Society member and artist Brenda Hounshell. Learn methods for capturing effects of sunlight filtering through woodland settings. You’ll also learn how to use computer techniques to expand color and value. Bring a sack lunch. See the Supply List (below).

* FEES: MSV & Virginia Watercolor Society Members: $30; All others $35. Registration required by November 6; register online or call 540-662-1473 ext. 240. Space limited.

Supply List
Students will need to bring the following supplies:

- Artist quality paper no larger than a quarter sheet (Arches preferred with any press the student prefers)
- Artist quality watercolors (preferably all transparent in the student’s preferred palette range with at least three very bright colors included)
- Natural or natural/synthetic blend brushes (Sizes #1, #6, #10 and #14 in rounds and one small to medium size angle shader or small flat brush).

Brenda Hounshell is a water media artist who resides in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art. Her concentration of study was in drawing and design. In recent years she has adopted watercolor as her primary medium. All of Brenda’s subjects are drawn from everyday surroundings. Some of her most successful paintings have resulted completely by chance while going about everyday activities. A plastic re-sealable bag containing rinsed grapes, a colander of beets and a bowl of foil-wrapped candy have all made their way into her paintings. Over the last two years, trips to the nearby James Madison University Arboretum have sparked her interest in the texture of bark, patterns of tree branches and sunlight coming through the trees. The colors nature offers along with her interpretations of the colors are explored in many of her recent works. In June of this year, Brenda was awarded signature status in the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA), an international watercolor organization. She is also a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and the Virginia Watercolor Society.

Top: UVA Arboretum II, by Brenda Hounshell, watercolor.
Inset: Citrus Bowl, by Brenda Hounshell, watercolor.

Refunds for Programs and Special Events: Programs are held rain, snow, or shine, unless notified otherwise. Cancellations 5 days prior to the program or event date will be refunded, less 20% of the registration fee ($5 minimum). No refunds will be given for cancellations made 1-4 days prior to the program/event date.  Allow ten business days for refund processing. Programs cancelled by the MSV due to low enrollment or inclement weather conditions will be refunded in full or given a full credit towards a future program to be used within the year.


Fri, Nov 10 • 9:00 am to 3:00 pm


MSV Members: $30

All Others: See * FEES