Watercolor Classes & Workshops

Learning to paint is a lifelong process, not a goal. Unrealistic expectations almost always lead to disappointment. Be prepared for gradual progress and let things proceed at their own comfortable speed. I ask my students to focus their attention on why they are painting as much as what they are painting. Painting without passion or motivation is an empty exercise.

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BlackRock Center for the Arts

BlackRock Center for the Arts

Exploring Watercolor
Four Sunday classes
Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28, and Feb 4, 2018
1:00-3:30 p.m. Cost: $170

This four-part workshop is designed to help students learn the basics of watercolor while encouraging experimentation and self-expression. Students will explore paint application, color theory, composition, and most importantly setting personal goals. Individualized critiques and customized assignments will help you define and become the artist you want to be.
Open to all skill levels.

BlackRock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Dr.
Germantown, MD 20874
Website: www.blackrockcenter.org/adult-classes

Exploring Watercolor <br>(Rockville, MD)

Exploring Watercolor
(Rockville, MD)

Jan. 24 – March 14, 2018
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Compass Atelier 2
12276 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852
Cost: $300

This course will celebrate your strengths and help you identify your weaknesses. David will address color theory, composition, and most importantly setting personal goals. Individualized critiques and customized assignments will help you define and become the artist you want to be.

Open to students of all levels. This class will be filled on a first come basis. Email David for more info: misterwatercolor@gmail.com

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival
Exploring Watercolor 
with David Daniels
Arrive July 2 - Depart July 11, 2018

The Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival brings together the best of what Italy is known for: art, music, food and beauty. This workshop is open to all levels of painting experience. So pack your bags and brushes and meet me in Italy!

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Gibson House B&B Workshop

Gibson House B&B Workshop

Haverhill, New Hampshire
Exploring Watercolor Class
August 27 - 30, 2018
Contact: www.gibsonhousebb.com

This workshop will be based in the indoor studio, however, students will be encouraged to sketch, paint, and draw inspiration from the beautiful gardens that surround the B&B.
David goes beyond the basics of paint application, and teaches how to construct strong, vibrant, personality filled paintings. This class is open to students of all levels of watercolor experience.

Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian Institution

Watercolor sessions are offered throughout the year. Please contact the Smithsonian Institution for a schedule. These classes are designed to help students of all levels learn the basics of watercolor while encouraging experimentation and self-expression.

Available for Private Workshops

I am available to teach private workshops to be held at your location. Please contact me for more information on organizing a workshop for your group. You can call me at my studio (301) 588-9296 or e-mail me.


Student Reviews

“David Daniels is professional, funny, approachable, consistent in his teaching….a true delight to learn under him. He keeps the class a safe place where one can grow, reach, try new ideas and truly enjoy learning. I am just one baby step past being a beginner and yet I feel comfortable in David’s class environment.”
– Alexandra Treadaway

Student Reviews

“Even the seasoned watercolorist learns something new in each and every class and David’s relaxed and light-hearted approach makes it all fun!”
– Linda Abbot

Student Reviews

“I’ve never had as many “Aha” moments as I had in Dave’s class. As a seasoned artist who has painted and tried many different media, but was not confident in watercolor, I can say that I’ve never been as enthusiastic about the medium of watercolor as I am now and am looking forward to trying new methods of painting. I highly recommend Dave as a teacher and he’s a lot of fun too.
– Joan Mazer

Student Reviews

“I feel that taking watercolor classes from Dave is one of the best things I’ve done in a long time. Dave has a style of teaching that encourages stretching outside of ones’ comfort zone. He makes useful comments and suggestions, and stresses the positive. And has a great sense of humor. Well worth the time, effort, and cost.”
– Elaine Covard

Click here to watch my Artist Interview Video Series

David Daniels is the watercolor instructor for the Smithsonian Institution of Washington, DC, a former instructor at Montgomery College in Maryland, and he teaches workshops throughout the world. He is on the faculty of the Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival in Italy. David’s former training as a botanist and biologist are always evident in his work and he enjoys showing the beauty of nature in new and refreshing ways. He firmly believes that here is no trite subject matter, only trite painting.

His interactive approach and humor are often recognized as his strongest teaching tools. Students are introduced to methods of using multiple glazes over wet into wet passages to achieve an unsurpassed brilliance as well as the use of masking agents to achieve a jewel-like batik effect.

The spontaneity of watercolor should not lead to weak painting because of a lack of planning. David will show how to carefully construct a watercolor using preliminary sketches on tracing paper that will eventually get transferred to the watercolor paper. Students will work with sketches, photographs and other source material. This process allows for stronger compositions and therefore stronger paintings. Daniels believes planning does not destroy spontaneity, it allows for opportunity.