Paint Glass and Reflections In Watercolor

Tuesdays, November 9 – December 14, 2020 – 6  to 8 pm Eastern Time

Fee $325

This class will show you how to paint glass and reflective objects with ease. 

Class Description

Painting glass and reflective objects is easier than it seems.

In this class we’ll approach the subject with a painterly, representational approach. We’ll give the medium some freedom to do some of the work and focus on the concept of simplifying to capture the essence of glass and reflectivity.

There are certain things to get right – we’ll cover those.  Everything else will fall into place!

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Info for the first class including ZOOM link will be sent by email upon registration.

Online Classes Are GREAT For Learning!

Online classes include:

  • Weekly Class Info Sheet
  • Pre-Class “Homework”
  • Video Critique of Pre-Class Work
  • Online Class
  • Class Recording For Review

More Info Including Class Recording and Weekly Critique Samples.

Class Schedule

Week 1 – November 9


Nearly everything we paint in this class is man-made and symmetrical. Getting the symmetrical part right is important, even in a loose, “painterly” work.  Using a center line will help draw the subjects.  We’ll cover that in class theis week.


Glass distorts the shapes of objects seen through. Reflective objects, whether they are transparent or not, also distort the shape of the objects reflected.  Think of carnival fun house mirrors. The distortions are useful in that they tell us something about the shape of the object – distorted edges usually follow the contours of object.


Unlike landscape and seascape subjects, our transparent and reflective objects have hard edges and hard texture. They are important in these subjects. It is not difficult to create hard edges and textures in watercolor, but it is good to balance them with softness.


Hot-Press paper – we’ll work on both Cold-Press and Hot-Press paper. Hot-press paper is a challenge to work on but has an advantage when it comes to creating hard edges and hard texture. It’s a good idea to have it available for class

White Gouache – we’ll work hard to retain spots of un-painted white paper for highlights and bright spots of reflection. Sometimes, you miss and paint over a spot that should have been left white. We’ll use white gouache to bring those spots back to life.

Paint – use whatever you have and are used to.  I work with a limited palette of colors, mostly primaries – reds, yellows and blues – and mix everything else from those.

 In Class

The key to showing transparency capturing what is seen through the object including the distortions caused by looking through glass. We’ll go over some examples, and have some follow along demos


Week 2 – November 16

This week we’ll bring reflections into the mix working with non-transparent objects.


Week 3 – November 23

This week, we’ll combine transparent and non-transparent objects in a simple scene.  Reflections tend to interrupt other aspects of the subject and the effect of transparency. Usually they are distorted and follow the contours of the object.


Week 4 – November 30

Hot-press paper is a great surface for glass and transparent objects. We’ll work with this tricky new surface this week.


Week 5 – December 7

We’ll further develop our skill with these objects on hot-press paper again.


Week 6 – December 14

We’ll wrap up working with a holiday themed subject.




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