Award-winning painter Fontaine Jacobs will teach a Sept. 25 workshop called Watercolor on Yupo, and
novice to experienced painters are invited to join in the fun at the Galveston Art League Gallery.
Yupo is a slick, synthetic paper that’s very forgiving. “It has wonderful lifting ability,” Jacobs says. “You
really can’t go wrong. If you don’t like what you have created, simply wipe it back to the white of the
paper and start over.”
After a career in commercial art, Jacobs (www.fontainefineart.com) is now a hardworking artist. Her
paintings include abstracts, animals, florals, portraits and landscapes. She is an active member and
volunteer with Galveston Art League.
The Galveston Art League Gallery, 2117A Postofffice St. in downtown Galveston, is hosting the
workshop. The fun will begin with a three-hour stretch, 9 a.m. to noon, followed by a noon-1 p.m. lunch
break on Saturday, Sept. 25. Then the workshop will resume with two more hours from 1 to 3 p.m. The
cost is $50, and preregistration is required at www.GalvestonArtLeague.com (click on “Workshops”).
Participants should bring these supplies: 10-sheet pack of Yupo (74-pound); six basic colors (or just two
or three if a limited palette is desired): Winsor Yellow, Permanent Rose, French Ultramarine, Burnt
Sienna, Cerulean Blue and Raw Sienna; a plastic paint palette with lid; brushes (if you can afford only
one, buy a No. 8 round red sable watercolor brush; other recommended brushes are 1-inch flat and
round No. 4 brushes); a roll of paper towels; and big water containers (a 1-gallon milk carton cut in half,
a plastic butter container, etc.)
Optional items to bring are cotton swabs, plastic embroidery grids, corrugated cardboard, small foam
paint rollers and/or a kneaded eraser. Students will use some of these objects to create special effects
on their Yupo paintings.
Jacobs suggests wearing old clothes because watercolor painting can get messy.
Galveston Art League, established in 1914, is dedicated to advancing visual arts and art education in
Galveston County and beyond. Workshops are a major way that the nonprofit, all-volunteer
organization delivers on its mission. To learn more about Galveston Art League and the benefits of
membership to artists and non-artists, please visit www.GalvestonArtLeague.com.