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Watercolor Painting with Louis Copt

  • Red Door Studios 1427 West 9th St, Suite #302 Kansas City, MO 64101 USA (map)

Now is the time to pick up those watercolor brushes and dive in to some serious painting.  This class is for all levels from beginner to experienced.  Louis will devote part of the class time to demonstrations and the rest of the time will be for individual work on subjects of your choice.  All techniques will be explored and you will be encouraged to experiment and try different surfaces and ways of working. 

Louis Copt

    Artist Louis Copt was born and reared in Emporia, Kansas.  He graduated from Emporia State University in 1971 with a degree in art.

    Copt began his career as a full time artist in 1985 after returning from a summer of study at the Art Students League in New York City.  The focus for Copt’s art includes landscape, portrait, figurative painting, sculpture and photography.  

    Louis has taught at the Lawrence Arts Center for over 14 years and has led travel and painting workshops to France, Spain and Italy.  He has also taught classes at the University of Kansas.

    His work has been featured in two recent exhibits at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri and the Sabatini Gallery in Topeka, Kansas.  His work has been published in American Artist Magazine and numerous scholarly publications including The Great Plains Quarterly.        

    Copt has also exhibited work in national competitions such as the National Oil Painters and Kansas Watercolor Societies.  His work is in several museum, corporate and private collections throughout the United States.  

More of Louis’ work can be found at

Materials List

Watercolor painting does not have to be an expensive endeavor.  However, you must have a few basic supplies for the painting assignments we will do.

The most important part of watercolor painting is the paper.  Single sheets are available at various art supply places around town, including  Keith Coldsnow’s in Kansas City.  You can buy a 22 x 30 inch sheet and cut it up.  You will want to start out with “cold press” paper (at least 140lb).   A good investment would be a watercolor “block”, which is a pad of watercolor paper that has been taped on all sides. This eliminates the need for stretching the paper.

A basic set of tube colors and brushes, would include the following:

  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Payne’s Gray
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Raw Sienna
  • zinc white Gouache (an opaque watercolor used by graphic artists). 

Probably the best brands to buy would be Holbein or Winsor/Newton but Cottman or Gumbracher will do.  

A few basic brushes would be a 1” flat, a #5 round and a #6 “rigger” or “script” brush either synthetic, ox hair or if you are feeling flush, red sable.

Finally, bring masking tape, Masonite or plexi to tape your painting down, and paper towels.

Earlier Event: September 21
Foundations of Oil Painting
Later Event: October 11
Long Pose Open Figure Session