Olivia Elofsson, 8, painted big waves of deep blue across a wet surface and the added just a quick stroke of red, creating a sort of dreamy ocean-like hodgepodge scene using the so-called "wet on wet" technique.
"I like 'wet on wet' better because it looks all tie-dyedy," Olivia said, reaching for more blue.
The watercolor workshops this week are the museum's first ever day camps during a Spring Break, and officials said they quickly filled with a long waiting list. About two dozen students filled each workshop to learn about water coloring techniques (such as wet on dry, wet on wet, crayon resistant, and salt) and Western artist Charles M. Russell, who was a famous watercolor painter whose works are on display at the downtown museum.
Carson Long, 9, couldn't decide if he liked the "wet on wet" or the so-called salt technique in which the salt is sprinkled on the watercolor, distorting the paint and adding a bumpy texture.
"On this paper, I'm going to do them all at once and it's going to look awesome," Carson said.
Photo: At right, the museum's Kat Yount teaches students the "crayon resistant" method in which the crayon helps contain the spread of watercolor paint.