"Watercolor on Aquabord" with April Rimpo

  • 05 May 2021
  • 10:00 AM
  • 06 May 2021
  • 3:30 PM
  • Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21043
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"Watercolor on Aquabord"   


April M Rimpo

New date due to Coronavirus


Preference is given to previously signed up registrants.

There are just a few openings. When signing, please use the waitlist if registration is full. You will not be charged on the waitlist until there is an opening and you are moved to the registered list.

Wednesday and Thursday

May 5th and 6th 2021

from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM

BWS Member Registration: March 6th 2021    10:00 a.m.

Member Fee: $175 includes "Provided by BWS" below

Non-Member registration: March 20th 2021 10:00 a.m.

Non-Member Fee: $185 "Provided by BWS" below

Not a Member? Consider signing up as an Associate

Registration ends April 27th unless it is filled before. Class size limited to 16

We are pleased to have nationally recognized artist April Rimpo. She is a prize-winning artist, teacher, demonstrator, juror, and Signature member of six National Watercolor Societies, the International Society of Acrylic Painters, and the International Society of Experimental Artists.  Her acrylic and watercolor paintings have appeared in three North Light Best of Acrylic books and in their Best of Watercolor book, Splash 19. She had a painting selected for Splash 21 which is slated for publication in 2020.

In this two day workshop we’ll focus on creating a painting on Aquabord. This surface has some properties like working on watercolor paper but other properties that lean toward working on more slick surfaces.

Learn how to work with watercolor washes to produce small vibrant paintings. Reference materials will be supplied.  BWS will supply two Aquabord panels and a frame.

There will be a step by-step instruction demonstrations, and one-on-one interaction during the class. Knowledge of basic watercolor is helpful. 

Provided by BWS:

  • Ampersand Aquabord Panel - 8'' x 8'', 7/8'' Cradled (For workshop painting)
  • Ampersand Aquabord Panel - 5'' x 7'', 1/8'' (For practicing color blends and layering)
  • Ampersand Floater Frame - 8'' x 8'' for a 7/8'' deep panel, black wood with 3/8” bold edge face

As time permits April will demonstrate installing your work in the frame.

Supply List:

Brushes: You will need soft brushes either natural hair or natural and synthetic blend brushes to reduce lifting earlier layers of paint.

#10 or #12 Round (April uses round brushes from Loew-Cornell (7020-10) Ultra Round- Golden Taklon or Princeton Aqua Elite Professional Watercolor Brushes)

#6 or #8 Round

#2 Script Liner or Lizard Lick brush (Cheap Joes - CJLL-6)

¼” to ½” soft flat wash brush that can hold a lot of paint
(April uses Cheap Joe’s Dream Catcher CJDC-25 or CJDC-50)

2” – 4” hake or other soft brush for wetting the Aquabord

A water mister may be helpful, but not essential.

Paint: You can use whatever watercolors you have, but recommend you bring the 15ml or larger tube watercolor. We'll start with paint from the tube (not dry paint in your palette)

This is a basic set of tube colors April uses. Those colors with an asterisk (*) will be essential for the painting.

* Cobalt Blue

* Manganese Blue Hue (Daniel Smith (D.S.)) and/or Cerulean Blue - looking for granulation

* French Ultramarine – We need the granulating properties of this dark blue

* Phthalo Blue (Green Shade) – We’ll be mixing greens

Green Gold or Gold Green (Daniel Smith (D.S.))

* Quinacridone Gold (D.S.) or Transparent Raw Sienna – light value, warm yellow

* Burnt Sienna or Quinacridone Burnt Orange (D.S.)

Quinacridone Coral (D.S.)

Quinacridone Red or Rose (medium value cool red)

* Dioxazine Purple (D.S.) or Carbozole Violet (D.S.)

Perm. Alizarin Crimson

Phthalo Green (Blue Shade)

Black or Neutral Tint or Charcoal Gray

paper towels


kneaded eraser

palette and/or butcher’s tray for color mixing

water containers (2 recommended)

If you have any questions about the class, please call April:

443-766-0148 or email her: arimpo@amrart.org 

Please pack a lunch and beverage. 

Check out April's work online at 


Blog: http://aprilrimpoblog.AMRart.org


I very much appreciate your thorough preparation and ideas for supplies that were new to us, as well as the excellent guidance on creating a night scene. You're an excellent teacher! Hope to see you again in a workshop.”  Judy Harkins


  • Price: $175 for all BWS members and $185 for non-members 
  • Please pay online if possible with your Credit Cards. Otherwise, checks should be made out to Baltimore Watercolor Society and mailed to Sabine Yeager at the address below. Please enter the name of the program on your check.
  • For online registration, visit www.bws.wildapricot.org and go to Public Events.
  • Participants will be limited to 16 
  • The program will take place at The Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City, MD 21043
  • Confirmation of your registration will be sent upon receipt of your check or online payment. Checks must be received within 5 days of registration to be considered as registered. Please reference the check to the workshop.

Mail checks to:

Sabine Yeager 

BWS Workshop Chair 

11315 Maplewood Dr.

Ridgely, MD 21660

Email:  bwsworkshops.sabineyeager@gmail.com

Directions to:

Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21043

From the Baltimore Beltway (I 695) take the exit onto I-70W and follow for 4.4 miles. Take exit 87B to merge onto US-29N towards MD99. Turn right at Rogers Ave. At the traffic light, take the exit to stay straight on Rogers Ave. Turn left at High Ridge Rd. and the Howard Co. Center for the Arts is on the left.


75% refund if notified no later than April 27th. Later refunds of 75%  are given only if there is a substitute participant.

Please direct questions to our Program Chair

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