The Series (4 classes): Wednesdays 12:45-4 PM August 4, 11, 18, 25
This Watercolor Workshop, using watercolor inks, is designed for adults with varied artistic abilities, everyone is welcome. Inks are transparent and colors are easy to mix and flow beautifully. Participants preferring to use watercolor in tubes are welcome to use their preferred medium. Each week will have a theme, an inspiration. Each class will start with a demonstration showing specific techniques needed to accomplish completed paintings. Wet on Wet, Wet on Dry, Layering/Glazing and Brush Stroke Techniques are part of building your skills. The class approaches watercolor using graphic illustration with an emphasis on composition and cropping.
The process of watercolor painting will be a source of relaxation, expanded creativity and FUN! Before each class participants of each class will receive pdf’s of images we will be working on in class. If participants can print these, to reference in class, it will be helpful but not required.
1. LUSCIOUS NECTARINES: 8/4- Explore painting the range of colors from yellow orange to red and
burgundy. We’ll use wet on wet and dry brush to replicate the colors, form and texture of nectarines.
Participants will choose to either paint nectarines on branches, filling the entire page with strong
graphics or, creating a still life with a decorative bowl filled with nectarines. A demonstration will show
painting light to dark and layering colors and adding fine detail. A second project, if time allows, is a
miniature painting of a fruit pie with a lattice crust.
2. DAYLILIES, DAHLIAS AND JAPANESE ANEMONES: 8/11- This class celebrates late blooming
summer flowers. “Wet on Wet” will be used or a delicate color blending on the petals an Anemone. Using
a controlled brush stroke, detail will be carefully added to the stamens surrounding its’ delicate center. This
requires control and practice. Dahlias are a perfect flower to practice “layering”. A Daylily uses all the
techniques mentioned plus “Dry Brushing”. Each flower, illustrated in class, will have a planned
composition and attention to cropping for added interest.
3. CORN, TOMATOES + MORE: 8/18- Illustrating the word (month) AUGUST will be demonstrated. A
slice of watermelon will replace the letter U. The letter S is replaced by a stalk of Swiss Chard. An ear of
corn is the letter T. Corn can be a symbol of a late summer veggie. Painting the delicate kernels by
adding shadows and highlights brings the illustration to life. The husk with tiny lines painted to show the
texture, is a great way to practice brush stroke control. A second project is to illustrate a recipe.
References (illustrated recipes and veggie art) will be supplied for Gazpacho, Tomatillo Salsa and a
Caprese Salad with Basil, Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Decorative Bottle of Olive Oil and Olives. Participants
will practice painting various veggies and perhaps get a painting for the kitchen, dining room or a gift.
4. ABSTRACT LANDSCAPES + FLOWERS: 8/25- Abstract Landscapes, using new references for each
class, has been a popular series. Adding Abstract Flowers is sure to delight participants. Making
expressive marks, mixing colors, applying water mindfully to achieve a result only liquid watercolors can
achieve, is exciting and fun. We’ll create moody skies and abstracts landscapes bursting with shadow,
light and reflection. Figures sunning on blankets will be added to a loose beach scene. Extremely loose
flowers suggesting a pansy or cornflower, but without detail, will be painted.
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