Watercolor Portrait Workshop

Artist Jane Paul Angelhart will show you the process of painting a watercolor portrait covering topics from applying the paint to the paper to handling a commission.

Price is $300 for 3 workshops or $400 for 4.
Deposit of $50 will hold place in workshop with balance due Feb. 26
Continental breakfast, snacks, lunch and beverages are provide for a donation of $6 a day.

The course includes daily exercises to understand how to control the water to pigment ratio necessary to achieve glowing colors. Pre-drawn images of children’s faces are provided as exercises, and step by step demonstrations are done daily. Students are encouraged to take on a larger painting from a photo of someone familiar. Some topics of discussion and demonstrations include: how to lay out a palette, which pigments to chose and why, the advantages and limitations of painting from photographs and computer screens, how to do a photo shoot for a watercolor portrait, the job of doing portrait commissions, the necessity for drawing proficiency and how to improve it, and topics to encourage and improve students’ ability to paint a watercolor portrait.

Students are encouraged to bring portfolios for critique, paintings in
progress, problem paintings, photographs of prospective portraits,
digital camera, and laptop computer, and questions.

More advanced students are invited to bring photos / images on
paper ready to begin. They will focus on finishing a larger portrait.
While the focus of this workshop will be watercolor portraits, the sky
is the limit for discussion and exploration of any style/medium/subject in painting.

Learn more about Jane Paul Angelhart at

Supply List

from Angel Hart
  • Watercolor paints (list of pigments I use is separate)
  • Arches 300 lb hot pressed paper and/or arches 140 lb. cp paper (plus scraps for practice)
  • Assorted brushes ( I like loew cornelle 7020 ultra round 4,6 ,8, 10)
  • Scrubber brushes (small round stiff brushes)
  • Palette (I use a quiller round.. loooove the porcelain one)
  • Rags
  • Camera, laptop computer if you have one, ipad….and photos to work from (the best ones will be of subjects taken outside)
  • Optional: hair dryer, magnifying glass, small table lamp (I use ott lamps) soft eraser, pencils
  • Paintings in progress…or ones you think you have ruined that you would like to revive.

I love Daniel Smith pigments… many of them are single pigment colors which makes them more vibrant and clean. Bring pigments you have and like and we will talk about all of them.

These are ones that I feel are necessary:

  • Daniel Smith quinacrodone gold, coral, burnt orange, and maybe pink.
  • Permanent alizarin, brilliant orange (perinone), olive green, holbien permanent green no 1., a yellowish green, thalo green, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, cobalt violet, diox purple, and manganese blue by old Holland.
  • If you are buying new pigments research a bit and try to buy single pigment colors.

About Jane Angelhart:

“Painting is my passion, whether in oils or watercolors. Traditional oils are like
applying colored butter to a canvas… a luscious process I could never tire of.

Painting a portrait in watercolor is a lot like raising a child. It is a tight rope act, an
incredibly fine balance between letting the vibrant transparent colors grow and
bloom in unexpected directions… and being a careful and thoughtful guide,
coaxing and coaching and watching…ever careful not to meddle too much with a
brush and spoil the beauty. After fifteen years of painting watercolor portraits, I
am still enthralled with the process. I begin each painting with excited
expectation, a mother wondering if I am up to the challenge. I can't imagine a
better job.

The visual treat of a watercolor is its transparency…. its clean, pure color. What
better medium to use for a child's portrait? There is no white paint; so careful
planning is essential to the process. The portrait is painted from light to dark (just
the opposite of an oil approach). It takes calculated finesse to create multiple
luminous layers, without dissolving previous layers and muddying the color.
Carefully layered washes give a watercolor painting its characteristic sparkle and

Watercolors were once thought of as a sketch or study medium for subsequent
oil paintings. With lightfast professional pigments, ph balanced papers, and
archival framing techniques, watercolors have the potential to outlast oil paintings
and are fast becoming the medium of choice.”