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Barbara Luel sketch of spring blossoms.

Spring Colors

Explore spring colors through your paintbrush

Online Workshop with Barbara Luel

Are you also in love with “cherry blossom pink”? We’ll explore sketching springtime colors in this workshop, focusing on cherry blossoms, an ephemeral symbol of renewal. We’ll use trees, greens, and simple houses for additional inspiration. We will paint in a very intuitive way.

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Barbara’s Recommended Supplies

  • Watercolor paper

    • Preferably 300 g/m2 or 140 lbs.
  • Brushes

    • A large one for some wash and a fine one for detail.
  • Mark-making

    • A graphite pencil B or 2B and color pencil if you like.
    • Water soluble graphite pencil or paste (like Viarco’s).
  • Other Supplies

  • Watercolors

    If you like mixing your own cherry blossom pink, bring:

    • Titanium White
    • Some reds and oranges, such as:
      • Alizarine Crimson
      • Rose Madder Genuine
      • Winsor Orange Red Shade

    Barbara will use the following, but don’t feel like you need to have the same colors! What you have will work; this is just for reference:

    What to expect

    Art Toolkit workshops are live events that take place on Zoom. During the workshop, you will have a chance to ask the instructor questions. After the workshop, we’ll provide you with a link to a recording to review on your own time (viewable for at least six months).

    We’ll be in touch a week before the workshop with instructions for connecting and additional information. Please remember to adjust for your time zone. Tickets are non-refundable, but we may be able to transfer your ticket to another student if there is a waitlist.

    We present our workshops with automated captions. If you wish to request additional accommodations, please let us know in advance.

    Curious about tickets, technical details, gifting workshops, or anything else? Please see our frequently asked questions page for more details, and please don’t hesitate to contact us for help.

    Barbara Luel sketching among the cherry blossoms.

    About Barbara

    Barbara is an architect, author and urban sketcher. In her free time she draws and paints. She published a first book with her urban sketches made in Japan in March 2020, and her second book with paintings about arts & crafts in Japan in November 2021. She’s fascinated by cherry blossoms and watercolors.

    Barbara joined us for this live demo, in which we played with color and form and talked about how freeing it can be to create.

    You can see more of Barbara’s work on her website, on Instagram, and in this Art Toolkit live demo.