Lou Ann Bower

Thursdays 2 PM - 4:30 PM

Winter Session: 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1

Spring Session: 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26


Course Description

Come learn to express your creativity in watercolor.  The Instructor will demonstrate a painting each class. Lessons include the basics of color, composition, values, drawing and techniques used to finish a satisfying painting. Classes are informal and fun!  Join us!

About the Instructor

Lou Ann Bower has forty years experience designing and painting in oil and watercolor with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the University of Oklahoma. Her adult life after college aside from being a wife and mother has been devoted to pursuing painting and design. After graduating from college she worked at Leo Burnett Advertising, Inc in Chicago, Illinois, for two years and then married. She lives in Dallas, Texas, but travels frequently to New Mexico, Colorado and Michigan where her daughter and grandchildren live. She draws much inspiration from the West and also from the picturesque towns along the east shores of Lake Michigan.

Lou Ann has done commission paintings for private collections as well as mural paintings for a church and oil paintings for business clients. She also created designs for her own fabric company, The Sierra Collection, for thirteen years. She designed and printed fabrics for manufacturing products for her business and also designed promotional ads for the company’s collection of travel and handbags, clothing, and bed linens. These ads appeared in local and national magazines including Vanity Fair and Texas Monthly which brought sales to over three hundred and eighty stores, boutiques and catalogs. She has had experience in business, manufacturing, marketing and creating original art for her company’s products. She closed the company in the mid-90’s because of increased domestic manufacturing costs.

For years she has been focused entirely on painting and also teaching watercolor and oil painting. She has been able to continue her love of painting and improve her painting technique.

Supply List

Strathmore Watercolor Pad: 18” X 24” (or similar size)

D’Arches watercolor paper - 140 lb. wt. (Cold press)) - 1 sheet

Drawing board - foam board is acceptable (approx. 20” - 30”) or 1/4” sanded plywood board

(Lowe’s can cut it for you)

Watercolor brushes: No. 12 round, 1/2”wide, flat, #3 round (1” long and very thin)

Wash brush: at least 2” wide with soft hairs - buy inexpensive brush

Watercolor palette - plastic pan with side compartments for paint with lid - 11 1/2” x 15”

Natural sponges - 1 small

Masking tape - 1” wide

Kneadable eraser or art gum eraser

Med. soft pencil

Misket (resist liquid in small bottle)

Single edge razor blade

Roll of paper towel

Salt shaker with salt in it

Small notebook

Small apron or workshirt

TUBES OF WATERCOLOR: Van Gogh, Cotman, or Windsor Newton (most

expensive):Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red Light, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin

Crimson, Cerulean Blue,Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Viridian Green, Sap Green, Burnt