Registration ends October 14, 2014
Class size is limited to ten students
“My goal is for each student to leave the classroom feeling brave, excited and moving one step closer to becoming an accomplished watercolor artist!”- Instructor Pat Rollie
In this workshop, confidence and skills in watercolor painting are developed through lecture, demonstration and hands on class exercises.
Brushes: brushes range in materials and price. It is not necessary at this point to buy the most expensive 100% natural sable or squirrel brushes but DO NOT buy cheap brushes either. Synthetic brushes are good and reasonably priced. Good brands are Dick Blick or Robert Simmons
#6 round, #10 round, ½ inch flat
Paper: Good paper is equally as important as quality paints and brushes. I suggest:
Arches cold pressed watercolor block size 9” x 12” or 10” x 14”. This is a block of 20 sheets rather than larger individual sheets. It is designed for you to paint right on the block of sheets to give stability to the paper.
Paint: Please buy artist’s grade tubes- do not buy student grade! Any brand is fine as long as it is Artist’s grade. Windsor Newton is a very good brand and you can buy the smaller tubes to begin. (5ml)
Colors: Cadmium Red medium, Burnt Sienna, Sap green, French Ultramarine blue ( ultramarine blue), New Gamboge (gamboge)
Palette: A good palette with a cover is needed if you are going to continue your journey in watercolor. The best palette is a John Pike Palette. If you decide at the end of the class that this is also the end of your watercolor experience I will buy your palette from you if it is a John Pike.
Other misc items to bring to class: Paper towels, a cup or small container for water, a small new sponge still hard. Do not wet the sponge, bring it still new and stiff. A spray bottle, small hair dryer. A pencil, eraser and small notebook.
Syllabus for Beginning Watercolor class
Introduction of students and their class objective
Type of watercolor style
Materials; brushes, paints, paper and palettes.
Color and Value:
Hands on: Class will make their own value scale and color wheel, Brush strokes and specific watercolor techniques
Hands on: Washes. Color mixing, Individual project drawn on paper, Discussion of approach, Begin sample project
Class 3, 4, 5
Work on individual projects with class critiques and discussion