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Architectural Watercolor Wash Rendering

Architectural Watercolor Wash Rendering

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Architectural Watercolor Wash Rendering

7 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective &
7 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture

Saturday, June 24, 2023
9:00AM to 5:00 PM
Stancil Studios
365 Tehama St, San Francisco
(Parking available at Mission Street Garage)

ICAA Members: $150
Non-Members: $175
Students: $50 (with current student I.D)


Please join the ICAA and Architectural Designers, Megan Leicht and Charles Shafer, for a one-day studio introducing the techniques of Beaux-Arts architectural watercolor wash rendering. The class will cover the basic skills of hand drafting, stretching, and painting techniques on a classical elevation. Topics to be covered include the use of line weights, light, shade, shadow, and color mixing to produce a formal rendering.


  • Basic skills and concepts behind a hand drafted elevation
  • How to properly prepare a watercolor sheet for rendering
  • Basic techniques of watercolor washes
  • Basic techniques of color mixing
  • How architectural form influences the play of light, shade, shadow and reflected light upon a building


  • Large triangle or straight edge for drafting
  • Several small (6 oz) containers to hold wash mixes. Sealable containers are preferred so students can take the mixes home in case they don’t finish
  • One larger container (12-24 oz) to hold water for brush rinsing
  • Watercolor brush(es). If students purchase a sable brush, one round no.12 brush should be sufficient. If synthetic, we recommend purchasing an additional round no.4 brush
  • Extra watercolor pad or sheets to practice washes

Accidents happen! Students should wear clothes they don’t mind getting paint on. Students should be prepared to take home a 18×24″ plywood board.


  • Watercolor sheet with light linework
  • Watercolor sheets for practice
  • Watercolor tubes
  • Plywood boards for stretching
  • 2H and 6H pencils and erasers
  • Small plastic palette

Architects, designers and enthusiasts welcome!

Megan Leicht received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, where she developed a passion for traditional architecture and the Beaux Arts. Over several years at Skurman Architects, her appreciation of classical proportions, harmony, and order were strengthened. She is currently a senior designer at Kirley Architects in Marin, where traditional drawing skills are an integral part of the design process alongside 3D modeling. Megan enjoys sketching design options and producing both watercolor renderings and CGIs for clients. In her spare time, she loves exploring San Francisco’s unique and quirky architecture in addition to teaching architecture workshops for the ICAA.

Charles Shafer works as a senior architect for Skurman Architects. He has recently overseen the integration of Revit into Skurman’s design approach, and his work has aided in the development of new software for realtime 3D rendering and visualization. For a number of years, Charles has enjoyed teaching watercolor, drawing, and architecture workshops for the ICAA and its chapters. Educated at Notre Dame, and Williams College, and with a stint as a high school Chemistry teacher, Charles favors a multidisciplinary approach to design problems. He has also worked with ARCAS, Paris and Hope for Architecture in Oklahoma.

Rendering Image: Charles Shafer

Thank You To Our Generous Education Series Sponsor

Special Thanks

Additional Details

End Date - June 24, 2023


Date And Time

June 24, 2023 ~ 09:00 AM

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