Pull Out Those Paintbrushes and Get Ready for Portraits in Watercolor

By ANDY VITALICIO
Published on Jan 13, 2021

Image courtesy The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens website

Ever wanted to learn the art of painting in watercolor but didn’t know where to start? 

The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in San Marino has an opportunity for you to learn more about the fundamentals of painting portraits in watercolor starting on Friday, Jan. 15.

In this six-part virtual series, participants will learn from artist Robert Sherrill about fundamentals such as proportion and anatomy, watercolor techniques, and capturing character and personality.

The classes will be on Zoom at 9 a.m. during the next six Fridays, up to Feb. 19. The link to the Zoom and a list of supplies will be sent to attendees when your registration is confirmed. Sessions will be from 9 a.m. to noon. 

Registration fees are $210 for The Huntington members and $230 for nonmembers The registration fee includes all six days of the series. 

After competing in regional shows, doing scenic backdrops for school plays all through high school, Robert Sherrill got a job as a technical draftsman. In 1987, he graduated from Riverside City College and was accepted into the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena to further his perspective, graduating with a bachelor in fine arts degree in 1991.

Painting was where his passion lay, so he began having shows anywhere possible – antique stores, cafes, etc. Then some commercial opportunities revealed themselves in the form of designer and art director. It was fun and prosperous, but not painting. 

Sherrill has participated in many area shows including Pasadena Urbanscapes, California View, the California Art Club Gold Medal Expo, Urban Concepts in Pasadena, the 2007 Contemporary Masters Artistic Eden I at the Pasadena Museum of History, and frequently exhibits in Art Matters at The Huntington. 

In 1984, he received the Arlington High School Fine Arts at Riverside. He was also awarded the Gold Medal at Riverside Community College in 1986. 

To know more about his work, visit www.robertsherrill.com.  

To register for Portraits in Watercolor, visit www.huntington.org/events/portraits-watercolor and click the Register button.

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