Betty Carr

Sedona Fall Colors
October 23–27, 2017


Watercolor / Oils
All Levels
Meets 9 am - 4 pm daily

Tuition: $600.00
See Materials List Below


Learn to capture the beauty of light! Betty Carr teaches students to accurately portray the effect of light on any subject in watercolor or oil students can work in either medium. Students will get to explore a variety of locations in beautiful Sedona during this five-day workshop. Betty begins each day with a demonstration/ lecture covering tools, techniques, brushwork, problems and solutions. Emphasis throughout the workshop is on organization and simplification of darks and lights, value and color relationships, edges, movement and mass to create a dynamic, coherent composition.

Betty Carr's energetic style and enthusiasm for painting and teaching create an infectious atmosphere of adventure and "can do" among her students. She has traveled the country teaching workshops for many years. Her instructional book "Seeing the Light" is available through North Light Books.

Oct 5-day course $600

Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.

Class meets 9 - 4 daily. The first meeting will be at the Sedona Arts Center Instructor will arrange location meetings for the duration of the week.

October 23–27, 2017

Workshop Materials List

Oil Paints Supply List

Paints: Alizarin Crimson
Ultramarine Blue
Cerulean Blue
Cadmium Yellow Lt.
Cadmium Red Lt.
Cadmium Red Medium
Burnt Sienna
Yellow Ochre
Cobalt Blue
Sap Green
Lemon Yellow
Titanium White
Optional- Permanent Rose

Palette: Wood; Plexi Glass, Paper, Easel Pal, French Mistress or French Companion,
your preference

Brushes: Hog Hair Bristle: Flats and/or filberts, #4, #6, #8, #10, a couple small to medium soft hair brushes for blending effects and edge work. Pallet knife for mixing and painting. I prefer good quality flats and recommend the Silver- Grand Prix and
Silver -Bristlon, various sizes (favorite #4, #6 #8)

Canvas: Pre-stretched cotton, and/or linen; panels are also fine; a variety of small to
medium sizes, your choice as to size preference; (small to large).
generally small to medium (6x8, 8x10, 9x12, 11x14, etc.)

Medium: Odorless mineral spirits, refined linseed oil. Containers to hold mediums

Also: Paper towels, paint cloths, pencil and sketch pad, trash bags If painting in the studio- bring a few of your favorite photos- (landscapes, Still-life, architecture, seascapes, etc. )

Easels and Umbrellas: bring your favorite pochade box, French easel or other easel/palette system that you like for painting outdoors. Also, an umbrella for your easel if you like - it can make a difference in your choice of painting locations – you don’t have to hunt for shade.

Watercolor Paints Supply List
These are just suggested supplies - bring your favorites

Paints: Feel free to choose your favorite brands        

  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Antwerp Blue
  • Ultramarine Blue  
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Permanent Rose
  • Winsor Red
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Maganese Blue
  • Cad. Orange
  • Cobalt Violet
  • Cad.Yellow lt.
  • Lemon Yellow  
  • Viridian
  • Colbalt Violet
  • Quinacridone Burnt Orange
  • Opaque White (Favorite Brand)
  • Cad. Scarlet
  • Sap Green
  • Carr Yellow (American Journey)   

Palette: Robert Wood, Pike, Robbie Laird, Cheap Joe's – the larger the better which ever you prefer.

Paper: D’Arches 140lb Cold Press, D’Arches watercolor blocks are fine all though I prefer sheets.  Sketchbook for preliminary value studies.  300lb D’Arches can also be used.

Watercolor Board: Watercolor Board, Gator Board, Foam Core (double thick) for stretching watercolor paper. Suggestion - bring two boards.

Pencils: HB, 2B, 4B, etc. ( a couple watercolor pencils)

Erasers: Gum, Pink, Pearl, Magic Rub, etc.

Brushes: Incorporate your favorite, preferably larger rounds, #8, #10, #12, #14, etc. Also a couple smaller round and flat brushes for details. 1” – ½” Flats for washes. Pallet knife for scratching detail and textural work, small fritch (cheap joe’s) or short, small, stiff brush to lift edges and lights. Recommended Brushes: Joe Miller signature Series 50/50 Brushes, Silver Black Velvet stripper, Escoda Reserva Tajmyr-Kolinsky (Aquario, Barcelona).

  • Note: We will be using expressive, impressionist strokes; large rounds and

         flats work best for excellent results.

Misc: Liquid Frisket, spray bottle, paper towels, salt, sponge, rubber cement pick-up, masking tape, baby toothbrush, small bar of soap, Q-Tips, Kleenex. Bring an easel if you prefer to work on it.

“Seeing the Light, an Artists’ Guide” by Betty Carr 
“Hawthorne on Painting” by Mrs. Charles Hawthorne 
“The Art Spirit” by Robert Henri

Easels and Umbrellas: We will be working outdoors. Bring an easel or pochade box if you prefer to work upright. Also, an umbrella for your easel if you like - it can make a difference in your choice of painting locations – you don’t have to hunt for shade.

About Betty Carr

Betty Carr was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California and developed a love of art from visiting museums. For 23 years she taught art in public schools and did sculpture in her spare time. In 1980, she married landscape painter, Howard Carr, and they have devoted their lives to painting. She and her artist husband, Howard Carr, travel several months of each year, from Oregon to South Carolina in a specially equipped mobile home. In numerous locations, they teach artist workshops. She advises her students to draw continually because "drawing is critical to good painting."

Betty Carr received her MfA from San Jose State University and has taught painting and sculpture for many years. Carr is the author of
acclaimed instructional book, “ Seeing the Light: An Artist’s Guide”, and her work featured in numerous books including Creative Composition & Design,’The Painter’s Workshop; Splash 5; Painter’s Quick Reference; Flowers; Landscapes, and numerous periodicals. She has been featured in Southwest Art, Art of the West, Workshop Magazine-American Artist, Watercolor Magazine, American Artist, International Artist and Art Talk, cover artist Southwest Art magazine, June issue 2010. Carr is a master signature member of the American Impressionist Society, AISM, Knickerbocker Society, KA, and Arizona Plein Air Painters, APAP. She has received numerous juried awards as well as exhibited in major exhibitions and galleries throughout the country. She has been a participating artist with the Sedona Plein Air Festival for years and has won The best of Show as well as other distinguished awards. Her paintings of OIL and WATERCOLOR can be seen on her Web Site ; Betty Carr Fine Art .com.

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