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Watercolor Essentials (7pm-10pm) | Jon Messer


“Learn to succeed with watercolors and have fun doing it! I have been painting in watercolors for 40 years, 25 as a professional award-winning architectural illustrator. There are many different techniques and methods to use in watercolor painting, and we will cover most of them: Loaded brush, wet on wet, wash on wash, dry brush, quick sketch, English style, and American regionalist. Learn to plan your paintings, and develop you own color palette.”

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Course #: 2070B
Start Date: January 25, 2017
End Date: March 15, 2017
Day: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 7PM-10PM
Holidays and Postponements (no class): None
16926 Saticoy Street
Van Nuys, CA 91406

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Product Description

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Watercolor block (10×14) 140 lb your choice of finish, I prefer cold pressed.

Paint Set Tube colors are best (basic palette of colors)
Cobalt blue
Dioxazine purple
Aliz. crimson
Cad red
Lemon yellow
Cad yellow
Sap green
Yellow ochre or raw sienna
burnt sienna
burnt umber
Neutral tint

studio style palette- John Pike etc.

3 round brushes #2, #6, # 8
Flat brush 1″
Mop brush # 3 or 4 (Squirrel)
Haake brush (wide flat soft white bristle)

Soft pencil, sharpener, eraser
Paper towels
Masking tape
Water bowl or bucket

Instructor Bio

Jon Messer was an exhibiting landscape watercolorist in 1984 when he was approached by Carlos Diniz to join his Los Angeles architectural illustration studio. Within his first week at CDA, Jon had the opportunity to meet the late architect Charles Moore and to begin work on Ben Thompson and Associates’ historic renovation of Union Station in Washington, D.C. The following eight years provided an intense and invaluable apprenticeship in technique and teamwork.

Jon Messer Architectural Illustration was established in 1992 in Granada Hills near Los Angeles. Jon is also a published children’s book illustrator.

LAAFA Policies


Students must be paid in full prior to the first day of class when enrolled in an Extension Course or Workshop, except those with a payment plan agreement. Please visit the Main Office at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the class, to complete any pending registration issues.

Payment Plans: A 3% Payment Plan Fee will be assessed, with a maximum charge of $35. The Payment Plan Fee, $20 Registration Fee, plus 50% of the total tuition owing must be paid on or before the first day of class. The remaining 50% of the tuition can be paid with a post-dated check (dated 1 month later) or with a signed Credit Card Authorization Form.

There is a $35.00 fee for all checks returned as N.S.F. (Non-Sufficient Funds).


LAAFA reserves the right to cancel any class, limit class size, change class times or substitute instructors for those listed in the schedule.

If a class is cancelled, students will be issued a full refund or may transfer with no fee to another class.

If an instructor must leave after a term has begun, and no suitable substitute is available, the student will be refunded a pro-rated amount.


All classes, uninstructed workshops, Visiting Artist Workshops and artist demonstrations are non-refundable. You may request to drop for credit (see next paragraph) or transfer into another class.

You have two weeks to evaluate each class and decide whether you want to drop for credit (a dollar amount calculated based on the receipt of request) or transfer into a new class. Requests must be submitted before the start of the third session, via email to A $25 Drop/Transfer Fee is assessed. Credit will be valid for a full year and is non-refundable. It can be applied toward any Extension Course, Workshop or Visiting Artist Event at LAAFA.

All artist demonstrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.


One free make-up session is allowed per quarter, per class. Please email us at, at least 3 days in advance, with the course and date you wish to attend as a make-up. Make-up sessions aren’t transferable to future quarters.


  • If you arrive late, please enter quietly. If you have equipment to set up, please wait for a break to set up so that you do not disrupt the class.
  • The front row of benches is reserved for sitting individuals.
  • Economize your workspace to accommodate fellow artists.
  • Please refrain from talking to the models while they are posing. Photography is not allowed without the express permission of the model. The model may require a photography fee.
  • Please refrain from personal discussions while class is in session. Be sure to switch cell phone ringers OFF.
  • Don’t comment on others’ work unless it is solicited.
  • Animals are not permitted, with the exception of assistance dogs for the disabled.
  • Please clean up your work area and properly dispose of your waste after class. Use the Brush Cleaning Closet, not the bathroom sinks, to clean your hands, paintbrushes and other art tools.
  • No Turpentine or smelly solvents and mediums are allowed. Odorless Mineral Spirits is preferred.

Workshop Policy

  • There will only be 16 spots allowed in the workshops. Entry in the workshop is on a first come, first served basis. We do not accept reservations. Students paying on a per-day basis will be admitted at the start time of the workshop if space is available.
  • Please note that all students must pay prior to the start of each workshop or class when paying on a per-day basis, and prior to entering the workshop to set up.
  • A monitor appointed by LAAFA will set up all uninstructed workshops. Once the pose is set, there will be no changes.
  • Any suggestions or comments, please email us at


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