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Would you like to learn tips and techniques with watercolor?


Would you be interested in suggestions for keeping a watercolor journal for use back in the studio?

Helen Dannelly

Join Helen Dannelly for this one hour introduction to watercolor journaling.

During this one hour seesion,

Helen demonstrates:

  • taking an image from sketch to fully fledged painting
  • creating value scales to check your lights and darks
  • discussion of color wheels and color mixing
  • how to transfer and enlarge your painting to a bigger substrate

Helen Dannelly

Helen’s formal training in the fundamentals of painting and composition inform her demos and give you tools check your paintings for clarity.

This one hour class is chock full of valuable tools for you to utilize in your work and enable you to see more clearly. I love sharing these techniques with students. Keeping a watercolor journal is very meditative and useful for reference in your practice.

~Helen Dannelly

Helen Dannelly

This course is for you if you:

  • Would like to learn basic watercolor techniques
  • Are an adventurous beginner, skilled artist, or anywhere in between
  • Want to expand your creativity while honing your critical thinking skills


Helen has a knack for guiding you in amplifying your ideas. Her method of teaching involves showing the potential of what you can do with the various materials and then letting you loose to see what is possible.

As an instructor, Helen draws upon her formal art training to add richness and depth to the classroom experience, incorporating fundamentals of composition, color, and form.


Q: Do I need painting experience?

A: No, this is a class for individuals both new to painting or new to watercolor as well as those who have dabbled in the medium previously but would like some guidance to prompt them along. And for those with some experience, you will learn additional techniques to expand your practice.


Q: I can't view the class immediately. How long will I have access?

A: You may view the class for 60 days after you register for the course.


Q: I have more questions. How do I reach you?

A: You can email me at [email protected]

Helen Dannelly

Helen Dannelly draws on over 30 years of professional experience in helping you realize your artistic goals. Helen’s teaching is informed by a unique combination of training that she utilizes in guiding you conceptually and technically. She received a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She studied painting at San Francisco State University (working with Bay Area photorealists) and sculpture at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. 

Moving easily between drawing, painting, and sculpture, Helen has developed unconventional ways of mixing mediums that create emotionally evocative pieces. Helen’s work focuses on metamorphosis both personally, in natural phenomena, and of the materials. Her organic sculptures are inspired by the natural world, a nod to sea life and plants. Complex surfaces and engaging forms invite viewers to explore the impact of climate change--a metamorphosis of decline.

Helen is attentive to the importance of art fundamentals weaving them into her classes. She recognizes that these components (color theory, elements of composition, and drawing/ mark-making) are skills that need to be continually developed and refined in order for students to leverage them effectively in their work. This mastery results in students creating more sophisticated work and understanding why it is more successful.

Helen Dannelly is also:

  • A Golden Artist Educator
  • A Silver Brush Educator
  • R&F trained Advanced Encaustic Instructor


“I just read the comments on my [work] and want to thank you for what you added. I am happy to have your expanded opinions. Very helpful and so encouraging. You made my day.”

~ Linda S. ~

"How I spent June: working (well, playing really) on some 3D encaustic pieces while taking two Zoom classes with Helen Dannelly. Fabulous instructor! Supportive and knowledgeable. And some amazing “classmates” whom I hope to meet in person when life becomes a little more normal. I did a lot of playing with different materials and plan to expand my experiments more in July. Great classes!"

~ Laureen W. ~

"I enrolled in both the Beginning 3D Encaustic (taught jointly by Helen Dannelly and Jeff Hirst) and the Continuing Explorations in 3D Encaustic (taught by Helen Dannelly). Both classes provide the encaustic artist the foundations to explore taking the medium in new and exciting directions. The classes were streamed via Zoom because of the pandemic and both instructors were patient in answering students’ questions and generous with their support well beyond the actual time spent together in the Zoom class.

In the follow-up Continuing Explorations class, Helen Dannelly challenged students to build on the foundations from the Beginning class, encouraging students to begin to develop a body of 3D encaustic work. As in the first class, Helen shared her knowledge and time to support each student individually as we experimented with these new materials. She challenged us to think in new ways and gave generously of her support when we had questions or encountered problems in our work.”

~ Laureen W. ~