Event - Paint a Portrait with Basic Watercolor Techniques

Paint a Portrait with Basic Watercolor Techniques

01.19.19, 1:00 pm

Join artist-in-residence Jennifer May Reiland for an afternoon workshop on painting a watercolor portrait. Bring a photo, and leave with a special work of art and new knowledge about watercolor techniques.


All painting materials will be provided, but participants are asked to bring a photo of a person. The best format is head and shoulders only, like a school photo or a passport photo. The bigger the better–each photo should be at least 5 x 7 inches and printed. Feel free to bring a photo of yourself, a family member, a friend, or just a photo of someone that inspires you.


Time: 1-4 PM, Saturday, January 19
Where: Corona Library  is located at 38-23 104th St, Corona, NY 11368


Looking at a portrait can tell us more than what a person looks like. A portrait can show the sitter’s personality, their relationship with the artist, and can offer a glimpse into their lives. This workshop will teach you basic watercolor techniques and will outline the basic steps to create a figurative portrait. We will discuss how to lay out a composition, how to mix colors, and the best techniques to apply paint. Most of all, we will give you time to experiment and explore your own creativity. After the experience, you will have a portrait for your home, and the know-how and confidence to create additional watercolor paintings on your own.


Jennifer May Reiland is a graduate of Cooper Union and a current artist-in-residence at the Queens Museum’s Studio Program. Her watercolor paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries in New York, Paris, Miami, and Houston. She makes paintings that blend historical figures, personal experiences, and fantastic imagery into tapestry-like narratives and personal histories.