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VIRTUAL: "Watercolor on Aquabord™ - Landscapes" with A Rimpo

  • 09 Aug 2021
  • 9:00 AM
  • 13 Aug 2021
  • 12:00 PM
  • Virtual
  • 2


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 This is a virtual workshop

Watercolor on Aquabord"

- "Landscapes  

with April Rimpo

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

August 9th, 10, 12th, and 13th 2021

no class on the 11th

from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

BWS Member Registration:

June 5th 2021 10:00 a.m.         $130 

Non-Member registration:

June 19th 2021 10:00 a.m.       $145 

Not a Member? Consider signing up as an Associate

Registration ends July 26th unless it is filled before. Class size limited to 20

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 two Best of Watercolor book, Splash 19, and the Splash 21 publication.

In this 4-day virtual 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 vibrant, textural paintings. Reference materials and instructions on preparing the Aquabord prior to the class will be supplied via a Workshop Reminder email about 1 month prior to the workshop.

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

Videos will be recorded and shared daily. They will be available to watch for 30 days.


April will be doing a landscape with trees, likely including water. She has provided a few references that you can use if you don’t have your own reference, but using your own is highly recommended.  By using your own photo, free from copyright, and of your own design would open more opportunities where you might use your finished painting.

We're hoping April's sample photographs below will give you some ideas on what you might want to paint. 



L to R (top to bottom):

Fall Trees, Springtime by the Stream, Spring Woods,
Getting Ready to Fish, and Treeline.

Be sure to order your Aquabords well in advance of the class. It is not unusual for art suppliers to run out of Aquabords and wait for the next delivery that could be a couple of months.

We recommend you use an 8” x 10” or 11” x 14”.  Working larger on Aquabord is quite different from working on watercolor paper so a small size gives you a higher chance of completing large portions of the painting during the class. 

Preparing Your Aquabord

At least 2 or 3 days before the workshop wet the entire surface with water using a wide soft flat, like a hake. Make sure it is very wet and saturated with water then let it sit until it is totally dry. There can be air bubbles in the clay surface that will be released by wetting. Better to do before the class or you first layer of paint will have small bubble marks.

Please also transfer your image to the Aquabord™ before class.

Please order your Aquabord™

early as they are sold out frequently. You can either paint the sides of your board or frame it in a deep Floater Frame as described below.

  • Ampersand Aquabord™ Panel - 8'' x 10' OR
    11" x 14" x 7/8'' deep Cradled (For workshop painting)
  • Ampersand Aquabord™ Panel - 6'' x 6'', 1/8'' (For practicing color blends and layering)
  • Ampersand Floater Frame - 8'' x 10'' for a 7/8'' deep panel, black wood with 3/8” bold edge face OR
    11" x 14" for a 7/8'' deep panel, black wood with 3/8” bold edge face
  • if you don't want to frame, but paint the sides instead, please buy Daniel Smith Watercolor ground

April will provide a link to her YouTube video in which she demonstrates installing a deep cradle Aquabord panel 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 KingArt Original Gold Brush (9020) Round 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 have the 15ml or larger tube watercolor. We'll start with paint from the tube (not dry paint in your palette)

Download the Supply List for Paint, Brushes, Aquabords, Floater Frames Options and see what April will use during the workshop. It includes links to the supplies in Dick Blick.  Remember to order your Aquabords as soon as you sign up.

paper towels

palette and/or butcher’s tray for color mixing

water containers (2 recommended: 1 for rinsing your brush and 1 for clean water)

If you have any questions about the class materials, please email April at 

Check out April's work online at:


Instagram: @aprilrimpo


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

From April's the Last Aquabord™ Workshop

"I wanted to "Thank you" for this workshop!  You are so organized, professional and Welcoming!  Thank you for being so generous with sharing what you’ve learned. I’m so enjoying listening to you and watching you paint.  It’s just the inspiration I needed." 

  • Price: $130 for all BWS members and $145 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 and go to Public Events.
  • Participants will be limited to 16 
  • The program will take place virtually
  • 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



80% refund if notified no later than July 28th. Later refunds of 80% are given only if there is a substitute participant.

Before cancelling remember videos will be recorded and shared daily with the registered students. They will be available to watch for 30 days.

Please direct questions to our Program Chair

 Aquabord is a Trademark of Ampersand Art Supply

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