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Jana L. Bussanich

Contact info

218 W Colorado Ave Suite 1111, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USStudio Address

Jana L Bussanich ArtOrganizational Affiliation

About the Artist Facilitator

Hello! My name is Jana (pronounced “Yana”). In 2008 I was painting a theatre set when I remembered that if I were “going to be an artist,” I would work in watercolor. So, I set a goal of learning to paint with watercolor. As soon as I told myself I would do this, the next thought that came was, “But you’re too old. You’ve missed your chance, and you have no formal training”, followed by “Wait a minute – the next five-years will pass whether you do this or not. Why not find out what’s possible?” (read more of my story here).

Reaching the five-year mark of teaching myself to paint in watercolor was a real milestone, but I barely noticed when I passed the 10th anniversary. Why? Like American writer Elbert Hubbard, I discovered that Art is not a thing; it is a way. I no longer look for those milestones marked in years because it’s a way of being in the world that brings me joy by living my art on purpose. I opened my first studio in 2012 and began teaching others to paint with watercolor. When the pandemic closed the doors of my thriving in-person art program, I took classes online. The new Yellow Couch Classroom is an outgrowth of pandemic reorganization.  Over the years, I’ve developed an art practice that I feel good about. And I consistently get results that I feel good about. Like me, if you feel like it might be too late to learn to paint, I want you to know that I understand how you feel. I also want you to know that you can teach yourself to paint and get results that you feel good about with a few new tools in your toolkit and a little bit of knowledge about watercolor’s fluid characteristics. I hope you will join me for this mini-course.

Jana is married to James.  They have lived in Colorado Springs for 32+ years. They have four grown children and 6 young grandchildren. Jana enjoys time at her studio painting, teaching, and dreaming up the next creative project. She spends time with her grandchildren (not surprisingly making art!) and enjoys walking, traveling, and reading.

Jana L. Bussanich Art and Yellow Couch is the home of Fine Art painting, instruction, and related services. We create and sell original high-quality Fine Art. Creative design; manage commissioned private, commercial, and public art. We offer in-person and online classes. We are based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, serving clients worldwide.

Student Artwork, YCC 2020 Online

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  • Virtual and/or remote Experiences available.

MY EXPERIENCES

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About this Experience

Learn the essentials of watercolor technique and color theory from Jana L. Bussanich during this 3-hour Zoom mini-course. The same mini-course will be offered on seven different dates during 2021 (see dates below).
The units in this Mini-Course move sequentially from essential beginning skills to further application as ability develops. A beginning painter can have mastery of one aspect of water and pigment management, for example, while a more experienced painter does not. Experienced painters find this course helps them to identify and fill technical gaps.
  • Make a Wetness Scale: Water management and ratios are essential to successful painting with watercolor.
  • Make a Consistency Scale: Pigment to water ratios are an essential component of successful watercolor painting.
  • Make a Technique Card: Learn three essential painting techniques used in watercolor.
  • Mix the Color Wheel
  • Color Preferences
  • You’ll receive the mini-session Zoom link via email.

Materials: Order our recommended kit from Jana L. Bussanich Art or order direct here from Blicks. 

At all levels, beginner through experienced painters, we focus on literacycompetency, and mastery of the skills needed to make compelling art.

*This mini-course is a prerequisite to joining the Yellow Couch Classroom online.

 





Level:
Beginner
Type:
Group - Open to Community
Age:
Specifically for Adults
Venue:
Online with Jana L. Bussanich
Located at:
Zoom class with Jana L. Bussanich
Date(s):
SELECT ONE DATE ONLY September 4; October 16; November 13
Time(s):
9:00 a.m. - 12: 00 p.m.
Watercolor Technique and Color Theory Essentials Online

About this Experience

Part 1: Learn the first two watercolor techniques from our Five Essentials Course from Jana L. Bussanich during this 75-minute Zoom mini-course. (See dates and choose one.)

  • Make a Wetness Scale: Water management and ratios are essential to successful painting with watercolor.
  • Make a Consistency Scale: Pigment to water ratios are an essential component of successful watercolor painting.

Materials: Order our recommended kit from Jana L. Bussanich Art or order direct here from Blicks. 

 





Level:
Beginner
Type:
Group - Open to Community
Age:
Specifically for Adults
Venue:
Online with Jana L. Bussanich
Located at:
Zoom class with Jana L. Bussanich
Date(s):
To be agreed upon
Time(s):
To be agreed upon
Introduction to Watercolor Technique

About this Experience

Part 2: Learn the next two lessons from our Five Essentials Course from Jana L. Bussanich during this 75-minute Zoom mini-course.  (See dates and choose one.).

Make a Technique Card: Learn three essential painting techniques used in watercolor.

Mix the Color Wheel: Make a color wheel by mixing the three primary colors – red, yellow, and blue. With practice, you can mix any color you can imagine or see.

Materials: Order our recommended kit from Jana L. Bussanich Art or order direct here from Blicks. 





Level:
Beginner
Type:
Group - Open to Community
Age:
Specifically for Adults
Venue:
Online with Jana L. Bussanich
Located at:
Zoom class with Jana L. Bussanich
Date(s):
To be agreed upon
Time(s):
To be agreed upon
Watercolor Technique Card and Mix the Color Wheel

About this Experience

One materials kit is sufficient for the 3-hour Five Essentials of Watercolor Technique and Color Theory Mini-Course OR the two 75-minute classes, Introduction to Watercolor Technique, Watercolor Technique Card, and Mix the Color Wheel.

Order one per person. Your instructor will contact you about contactless pickup, delivery, or shipping of the kit.

Starter Kit Includes

  • Synthetic #8 round watercolor brush
  • Pan and Palette with one set of primary colors (red, yellow, blue)
  • Watercolor Paper
  • 1 Fine Tip No-bleed Sharpie Pen
  • 1 Pencil
  • 1 kneaded eraser
  • 1 – 6″ Clear Acrylic Ruler

Materials: Order our recommended kit from Jana L. Bussanich Art or order direct here from Blicks. 

*Items in the kit may vary from examples shown based on availability at the time of your order.





Level:
Beginner
Type:
Group - Open to Community
Age:
Specifically for Adults
Venue:
Classes on Zoom - Materials pickup, delivery or shipping.
Located at:
Contactless pickup is available by appointment at
Jana L. Bussanich Art
218 W. Colorado Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Under the Colorado Ave. Bridge
Date(s):
To be agreed upon
Time(s):
To be agreed upon
Materials Kit for All Watercolor Experiences by Jana
Level:
Experience Level 1 Beginner
Experience Level 2 Intermediate
Type:
Individual Individual
Group/ Public Group - Open to Community
Group/ Private Group - Military/Veteran Only
Age:
All Ages All Ages
Youth Youth
Adult Adult
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