Beginning Watercolor Small Group Workshop Retreat

Thursday, July 11, 2024
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Presented by Arupa Richardson, Artist, Art Instructor, Arts Advocate.

We are very pleased to invite Arupa Richardson to present a delightful day of painting instruction and creative rejuvenation for beginning watercolorists at the Morris Graves Foundation this summer.  In her relaxed, personable, and accessible style, Arupa will be offering her professional instruction and guidance to a small group of beginning painters.  Students of any level of experience are encouraged and welcomed to join in this new adventure at the Lake.

Workshop Includes:  Several painting demonstrations throughout the day, a guided walk around the Lake, use of Mr. Graves’ private painting studio, and access to abundant trails, as well as a supplemented potluck lunch (please check with Arupa), coffee and tea.

Small group and individual instruction, feedback, and a fun painting project will be offered, as well as an informal and optional group sharing at the end of the workshop.

Workshop fee:  $125  (1/3 of this fee goes directly to support the Foundation.)

Register directly with Arupa:  (707) 845-9727 or
Registration deposit $25 is required post-marked on or before June 11th.  Balance will be collected at the beginning of the workshop.

Maximum number of participants:  6

Getting to the Retreat:  All guests meet Arupa at College of the Redwoods’ south parking lot at 9:30 to check in, pay the balance of the fee, and car pool to the MORRIS GRAVES FOUNDATION.  The gravel road to the retreat is private property and is personally maintained by Robert Yarber, so car-pooling is mandatory of all guests.

There’s More!!  Join the Annual Open Painting Retreat! Participants may also attend the Open Painting Retreat, following the workshop on July 12 and 13.  Registration is required – this retreat fills quickly.  Please read the Open Painting Retreat post for thorough description.  The additional Friday and/or Saturday fees are reduced from $55 per day to $45 per day for paid Workshop students. Lunches for the Open Painting Retreat are potluck or self-provided.  Maximum number of participants:  12

More Information about this Workshop and the weekend Open Painting Retreat:   
Contact Arupa Richardson directly: or (707) 845-9727

Workshop Materials:

Paint:  Instructor uses Windsor Newton; Cottman, Grumbacher are also good; students may use any brand according to their budgets.  Specific colors list will be available upon registration.

Paper:  Canson and Strathmore are reliable student grade choices.  Arches is considered professional quality.  Using pads or sheets is a students’ choice, as is paper size(s).  A pad has the benefit of a self-supported backing. Instructor recommends using the best quality paper one’s budget allows.

Brushes:  Rounds and flats in a variety of sizes:  small, 0 – 3;  medium, 4 – 8;  large, 10 – 12.  Choose the most expensive (sable) brushes as one’s budget allows. Ellis Art Supply recommends Princeston watercolor/acrylic brushes or Cotman watercolor brushes. Both are reasonably priced.

Painter’s palette:  Instructor uses a large, plastic palette with many wells for colors and a large, open area in the middle for mixing.  Plates are adequate improvised palettes.

NOTE:  Students must also bring these supplies:  Water container, such as a medium-sized yogurt tub; paper towels (instructor recommends Viva); masking fluid, and Q-tips.  Instructor will provide needed salt and rubbing alcohol, and a few materials for experimenting.

Where to buy art materials?  Ellis Art Supply in Eureka gives the instructor’s students and MGF’s guests a discount!  Or try the Art Center, Arcata; Michaels, Eureka, or mail order: Daniel Smith and Dick Blick.  Please feel free to ask instructor personally, in advance, for further recommendations of any materials.

…and bring these additional RETREAT supplies for your comfort and ease:

Sun hat, bug spray, water bottle, sturdy shoes for wet trails, clothing layers for mercurial weather, backpack and folding outdoor chair or stool for trail painting, a change of socks, and sun screen.