Watercolor Basics

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4.8 | 25 reviews

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ABOUT THIS EVENT
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Arts & DIY

Event Overview

Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint with watercolors but are overwhelmed with where to start?  No art skills?  No worries! This 2.75 HOUR class is perfect for the complete beginner; an introductory class with all quality materials included!  At a comfortable pace, you will be introduced to different watercolor painting materials, understand what watercolors are made of, learn how to mix colors, practice a few painting techniques, and create one simple painting!  By pursuing watercolor painting, you will learn how pleasurable and relaxing this medium is and you will develop a way to exercise creativity.  This class is a great prequel to my other watercolor classes.  Come along with us and discover the joy of watercolor painting!

What's Provided

All materials included except aprons; bring an apron or old clothes.

What You Can Expect
  • Knowledge of watercolor materials
  • Practice different paint application techniques
  • Understand how watercolor paints are made
  • Create a simple painting
Cancellation Policy
Location
Bru Coffee Chicago
1562 N Milwaukee Ave,
Chicago , IL , 60622

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Boris Ostrerov

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Boris Ostrerov earned a BFA in Painting from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and an MFA in Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. While studying, he learned to paint and draw both representationally and abstractly with various mediums. He worked as a teacher assistant for multiple teachers and classes at MIAD and SAIC. In the last three years he has worked for wine and paint companies and taught art classes to beginners. He creates a comfortable environment and uses his ability to clearly and enthusiastically articulate and demonstrate approaches and techniques to painting and drawing. He believes everyone has the potential to improve their artistic skills and exercise their creativity through visual art.

Ostrerov has exhibited his work widely and earned several opportunities including showing at Paris London Hong Kong (PLHK), Tory Folliard, and the Portrait Society in Milwaukee. He has been featured in several publications including New American Paintings #119.

EXPERIENCE REVIEWS

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    Jen C.
    Reviewed on 02/12/17

    Great class! Boris is definitely a subject matter expert on watercolors and really takes the time to explain details on the various techniques. The tempo was just perfect. I really enjoyed myself.

    Great class! Boris is definitely a subject matter expert on watercolors and really takes the time to explain details on the various techniques. The tempo was just perfect. I really enjoyed myself.

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    Michelle D.
    Reviewed on 02/12/17

    Great class! Boris was an excellent teacher. There was a lot to learn in 2 1/2 hours, and the class gave a good foundation for different techniques.

    Great class! Boris was an excellent teacher. There was a lot to learn in 2 1/2 hours, and the class gave a good foundation for different techniques.

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    Sezen M.
    Reviewed on 02/15/17

    It was very fun to learn different techniques of water color painting only in three hours and to be able to paint something at the end of the class! Boris is a very good instructor, you don't need to have an art background to attend this class.

    It was very fun to learn different techniques of water color painting only in three hours and to be able to paint something at the end of the class! Boris is a very good instructor, you don't need to have an art background to attend this class.

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    Kim T.
    Reviewed on 03/21/17

    I really enjoyed the class. The teacher was knowledgeable and professional and created a nice environment.

    I really enjoyed the class. The teacher was knowledgeable and professional and created a nice environment.

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    Marlie P.
    Reviewed on 04/23/17

    Boris is very knowledgeable about watercolor! My friend and I had a fun time at his class. There was only one other person registered so we had a small small group.

    Boris is very knowledgeable about watercolor! My friend and I had a fun time at his class. There was only one other person registered so we had a small small group.

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    Tamasin F.
    Reviewed on 05/02/17

    Fun, laid-back way to try out a new hobby! Boris was super organized and took us very carefully from beginners to first painting. He patiently answered all our questions and I never felt lost. I also loved his music selections!

    Fun, laid-back way to try out a new hobby! Boris was super organized and took us very carefully from beginners to first painting. He patiently answered all our questions and I never felt lost. I also loved his music selections!

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    Sônia R.
    Reviewed on 05/12/17

    This class was awesome. Lot of fun! The teacher is very patient and let us very free to create. Would love to make other classes, unfortunately I don't live here and I am going back home. :(

    This class was awesome. Lot of fun! The teacher is very patient and let us very free to create. Would love to make other classes, unfortunately I don't live here and I am going back home. :(

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    Claire H.
    Reviewed on 07/17/17

    I loved Watercolor Basics! Boris had a great structure to the class and introduced us to a variety of beginner styles. Overall, the class was really fun, informative, and inspiring!

    I loved Watercolor Basics! Boris had a great structure to the class and introduced us to a variety of beginner styles. Overall, the class was really fun, informative, and inspiring!

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    Alex M.
    Reviewed on 07/20/17

    Boris is very knowledgeable with water coloring. He held a comfortable, relaxed class and packed a lot of information into 3 hours. I walked away from the class feeling grateful for the various techniques I'd been shown.

    Boris is very knowledgeable with water coloring. He held a comfortable, relaxed class and packed a lot of information into 3 hours. I walked away from the class feeling grateful for the various techniques I'd been shown.

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    Brittany M.
    Reviewed on 09/17/17

    Class was fun and we learned some very useful watercolor techniques to continue our practice. Great for beginners

    Class was fun and we learned some very useful watercolor techniques to continue our practice. Great for beginners

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    Neda T.
    Reviewed on 11/14/17

    This class is perfect if you've always wanted to try out watercolor painting with quality materials and a knowledgeable teacher. Definitely worth every penny and a lot of fun too!

    This class is perfect if you've always wanted to try out watercolor painting with quality materials and a knowledgeable teacher. Definitely worth every penny and a lot of fun too!

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    Micheli J.
    Reviewed on 11/27/17

    Boris is a very patient and excellent teacher. He is very detailed in his instructions and goes out of his way to answer any questions you may have.

    Boris is a very patient and excellent teacher. He is very detailed in his instructions and goes out of his way to answer any questions you may have.

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    Sue W.
    Reviewed on 01/16/18

    This was a wonderful introduction to watercolor painting. Boris was great and his instructions were easy to follow.
    I really enjoyed this class and will take more.

    This was a wonderful introduction to watercolor painting. Boris was great and his instructions were easy to follow.
    I really enjoyed this class and will take more.

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    Dawn M.
    Reviewed on 02/08/18

    I highly recommend this class for the watercolor neophyte. The class is well-structured and builds skills from an introduction of materials and tools to beginner painting technique--which when combined will result in a pretty seashore painting. Plenty of license is given for artistic expression, and the pace is generous but not sluggish. This is an excellent class for a small group of friends, but is also approachable for individuals like myself that attend solo. Well worth your money.

    I highly recommend this class for the watercolor neophyte. The class is well-structured and builds skills from an introduction of materials and tools to beginner painting technique--which when combined will result in a pretty seashore painting. Plenty of license is given for artistic expression, and the pace is generous but not sluggish. This is an excellent class for a small group of friends, but is also approachable for individuals like myself that attend solo. Well worth your money.

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    Casey D.
    Reviewed on 02/24/18

    This is a great class and Boris is a detailed and patient instructor. The materials provided were high quality and the instruction around watercolor basics were through and well explained. I would recommend this class to anyone who is looking to learn more about how to work with watercolors.

    This is a great class and Boris is a detailed and patient instructor. The materials provided were high quality and the instruction around watercolor basics were through and well explained. I would recommend this class to anyone who is looking to learn more about how to work with watercolors.

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    Debbie G.
    Reviewed on 02/24/18

    If you are thinking about signing up - do it! The class is fun and informative. Boris is a great instructor who walks you through the process in an easy beginner friendly manner. I would highly recommend to anyone interested in attending.

    If you are thinking about signing up - do it! The class is fun and informative. Boris is a great instructor who walks you through the process in an easy beginner friendly manner. I would highly recommend to anyone interested in attending.

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    Jose B.
    Reviewed on 03/30/18

    Fun and relaxing atmosphere, learned great techniques that really sparked the imagination and motivation to learn more about the medium.

    Fun and relaxing atmosphere, learned great techniques that really sparked the imagination and motivation to learn more about the medium.

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    Lindsey O.
    Reviewed on 04/09/18

    This was a nice overview of basic watercolor techniques very suitable for beginners or anyone who wants a refresher. The first portion of the class we practiced 5 techniques and then we each painted a landscape following a model provided for us by Boris, the instructor. Boris did a nice job of showing us manageable portions to complete before moving on to the next steps.

    This was a nice overview of basic watercolor techniques very suitable for beginners or anyone who wants a refresher. The first portion of the class we practiced 5 techniques and then we each painted a landscape following a model provided for us by Boris, the instructor. Boris did a nice job of showing us manageable portions to complete before moving on to the next steps.

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    Rachel V.
    Reviewed on 04/22/18

    First time taking a watercolor class! It was a very informative class. I had a lot of fun, it's always great to try something new!

    First time taking a watercolor class! It was a very informative class. I had a lot of fun, it's always great to try something new!

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    Trixie F.
    Reviewed on 04/23/18

    This is a great activity to do with friends. It was a lot of fun trying something new and the teacher had a good strategy in breaking down every technique and section of the final painting.

    This is a great activity to do with friends. It was a lot of fun trying something new and the teacher had a good strategy in breaking down every technique and section of the final painting.

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    Zoey S.
    Reviewed on 04/23/18

    Great experience, not intimidating at all for beginners. Boris clearly loves art and is very patient in explaining the steps and concepts. I had fun!

    Great experience, not intimidating at all for beginners. Boris clearly loves art and is very patient in explaining the steps and concepts. I had fun!

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    Ilana C.
    Reviewed on 04/24/18

    It was very very basic - if you've ever even drawn one picture with watercolors, this may be too basic for you. If you are very intimidated by watercolors and are scared to get started, this might be a good class. On the other hand, it seems like the instructor didn't prepare very well for this and seemed confused or lost by his own instructions and his example picture to recreate was just bad. I did not attend his other watercolor classes for these reasons.

    It was very very basic - if you've ever even drawn one picture with watercolors, this may be too basic for you. If you are very intimidated by watercolors and are scared to get started, this might be a good class. On the other hand, it seems like the instructor didn't prepare very well for this and seemed confused or lost by his own instructions and his example picture to recreate was just bad. I did not attend his other watercolor classes for these reasons.

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    Lisa B.
    Reviewed on 05/02/18

    This class was informative when it comes to watercolor basics

    This class was informative when it comes to watercolor basics

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