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ZOOM: "Perspective Drawing Is Easy" with Tim Saternow

  • 21 Mar 2022
  • 10:00 AM
  • 24 Mar 2022
  • 3:00 PM
  • ZOOM
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  • Base price
  • Non-Member price
  • Used only by the workshop chair. BWS policy document states the chair attends at no cost to compensate for the work in setting up and running the event.

"Perspective Drawing Is Easy


Tim Saternow

This is a Zoom Workshop

A video will be available for the complete workshop


We have a few openings available

You have a chance to perfect your perspective drawing and composition to then combine them with 2 days of painting

March 21 - March 24, 2022
10 AM - 3 PM


Members:  January 22nd 2022.....................10:00 a.m. $375

Non-Members:  February 5th 2022...............10:00 a.m. $450

Not member? 

Consider becoming an Associate Member for $25/year

Remember that these popular events sell out fast

Registration ends March 14th 2022, or when the event is full


Due to the high demand for workshops, all registrations have to be paid within 5 days of registering. No exceptions please.

Tim Saternow Bio

Tim Saternow, AWS, is an American watercolor painter who explores urban industrial cityscapes. His work has been exhibited throughout the US and Internationally, and has appeared in Watercolor Artist, The Art of Watercolour Magazine, American Artist Water Color Magazine; and the books Art Journey America, and Splash: 12, 13, 18 & 20: The Best of Watercolor.  As a teacher, Saternow taught at the Art Students League, NYC, and Theater Design and Art Direction for Film at the University of Connecticut and Carnegie-Mellon University.  He has also taught numerous painting, drawing, linear perspective workshops, and master classes in watercolor throughout New York City and across the country. Saternow received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and is a Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society, Elected Member of the Allied Artists of America, a Signature Artist of the Hudson Valley Art Association. Tim is also a Board Member of The American Watercolor Society.  Saternow is currently represented by the Kobalt Gallery, Provincetown, Mass.
He is currently a
Fellow with The Clark Hulings Fund’s Art-Business Accelerator Program, 2019.

The Baltimore Watercolor Society is excited to feature a workshop with the internationally respected watercolor artist Tim Saternow


  • The price for the workshop is $375 for BWS members (Signature Artists and Associates) and $450 for non-BWS members.
  • The class size is limited to 22 people, and the workshop cannot be split with another person.
  • Please pay online if possible; The payment system allows the use of 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 workshop on your check.
The workshop is done via Zoom

  • 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.

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Workskhop Hours 

Workshop instruction begins: 10:00 AM and ends at 3:00 P.M.

One-hour break for lunch

Mail check made out to BWS and reference Tim Saternow Workshop to:
Sabine Yeager 
Workshop Chair
11315 Maplewood Dr.
Ridgely, MD 21660


Proposed workshop curriculum

by Tim Saternow



All levels (basic knowledge & some previous experiences strongly recommended to benefit from this workshop)

Course Description

Linear Perspective is an easy skill, but few artist are familiar with the simple rules that make it work.   Perspective creates the illusion of three dimensional space on a flat surface.   With a little practice these rules will become second nature to your representational drawing.   You’ll find that a correct and accurate drawing makes any painting look great.

Daily Class Itinerary

Monday:  Intros and guidelines of correct linear perspective, perspective terms, and glossary; and a little history of drawing.

Figuring out the secret: horizon line & vanishing points.

Exercises finding the vanishing point in photos of New York City.

Ways to create depth.   Using a viewfinder.

Tuesday Discovering and constructing orthogonal lines and lots of drawing.

Drawing from life.   Chairs and vases: Rectilinear shapes versus curvilinear shapes.

Atmospheric perspective/value and the illusion of depth.    Cast shadows.

Different perspective skills in cityscapes, interiors, and landscapes.

Developing our own drawings with correct perspective to be transferred to watercolor paper (and a chance to redraw earlier drawings that weren’t quite right.)

Wednesday:  Painting day with emphasis on Value Patterns and the power of light and shadows.

Thursday:   Continued painting and completion of paintings.


I tend to paint NYC urban landscapes and Provincetown houses. But any city, town, industrial area, gorgeous travel shots of ancient towns, old houses, or farms scenes are great. Research should be of architectural subjects. 

About 5 or more is good. 8.5 or similar size is good. Please bring a range of your own personal research photos that you would like to develop into your Perspective Drawings.

Make sure there are buildings in this research and not just landscapes.

Suggestions: city, town, industrial areas, gorgeous travel shots of ancient towns, European city streets, old houses, or farms & barns scenes are great. 

*Be aware of too many trees and too much sky. About 20% of sky is good*

Since this workshop is about Linear Perspective, find images with lots of straight lines and rectilinear shapes like buildings, windows, streets, fences, telephone poles

Optional excellent perspective book:

"Perspective Drawing (Volume 29) 1965 by Ernest Norling Published By Walter Foster. (This is a FOSTER series large format book, 1965.   Buy it used. )


Tim has provided a supplier as a convenience to you, but any other can fulfill your supplies

Watercolor Painting SUPPLY & MATERIAL LIST

Paper:          Arches Watercolor paper: 30x22”  Rough or Cold-pressed    (140 lb. or 300lb)

Brushes:      Range of good Flats* (1’’, ½”, ¼”) – I almost exclusively use flat brushes.

                    Range of good Rounds* (3/0, #1, #2, #4, #6)

                    2” ‘chip brush’ (“white china” bristle paint brush -very cheap at any hardware store)

Range of cheap ‘craft’ paint brushes, rounds and flats, ¼” to 1” (great for texture.)

Suggestion: BLICK Essentials, pack of 12 brushes, rounds and flats:

 Any other brushes you like. Oil painting brushes are fine (what’s the difference?)


Watercolor Paints:

Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colors (5ml) or similar professional WC.

                              (NOT ‘student grade’ Cotman or Grumbacher)


***Must include:  Winsor & Newton ProfessionalPayne's Gray.***


My suggested range:

Payne's Gray (semi- opaque)

Cobalt Blue (staining)

French Ultramarine Blue (transparent)

Cadmium-Free Red (opaque)

Cadmium-Free Orange (opaque)

Cadmium-Free Yellow (opaque)

Indian Yellow (transparent)

Winsor Green-Yellow Shade (transparent)

Sepia (opaque)

Burnt Umber (transparent),

Vandyke Brown (semi- opaque)

Raw Umber (transparent)

Burnt Sienna (transparent)

Yellow Ochre (semi- opaque)

Titanium White (opaque white

White Designer’s Gouache (Small)


Suggested additional colors you might like,

not required – NO BLACK PAINT:

Cerulean Blue (semi- opaque)

Prussian Blue (transparent)

Quinacridone Violet Blue (transparent)

Naples Yellow (opaque)

Quinacridone Gold (transparent)

Venetian Red (opaque)

Permanent Alizarin Crimson (transparent)

And any additional colors from other brands you might like.

Watercolor Palette – any kind or style you like (I use Corelle bowls and plates!)

          This Mijello Fusion Palette is water tight for travelling to workshops:



*** I have noted BLICK art supplies, but any similar product is fine. ***

Guerrilla Painter Composition View Finder

18x24” Newsprint pad  (We will only use about 10 pages each)

12x18” or larger:  Tracing Paper Pad OR Roll (also, about 10 pages each)

1 cheap wood yardsticks (as straight edges) (Home Depot .98 each)

1 roll masking tape  or  ½” Drafting tape  or  ‘Blue’ tape used in house painting

Drawing pencils, full range: soft and hard (2H – 2B)

White Eraser (best is ‘Staedtler Mars’) or any white eraser

Range of Colored Pencils: red, green, blue, yellow


Smaller straight edge – best is ‘Westcott C-Thru Ruler 18” Transparent or similar ruler

Drawing board - a bit larger than your paper (cardboard or foam board)

Binder clips or drawing board clips (to hold paper to board) 

Suggested additional tools:

Drawing pencils, soft and hard (2H – 6B*   We will be shading in pencil…)

White eraser (best is ‘Staedtler Mars’) or any gum eraser

Straight edge (ruler or ‘C-thru Transparent Ruler’ – from any art store)

Drawing board just a bit larger than your paper (cardboard or foam board)

Binder clips or drawing board clips (to hold paper to board)

Scrapping tools: X-Acto #11 blades  or  safety razor blade

Water container

Rags or paper towels

Sponges – natural and/or commercial

‘Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Sponge’ (at your supermarket)

Water spray bottle


Only if you use Masking Fluid: Masquepen Art Masking Fluid   1 oz. bottle *Excellent needle tip*

(Or Schmincke: Watercolor Masking Fluid     20ml – no needle tip)

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