SPECIAL TOPICS IN WATERCOLOR
SPECIAL TOPICS IN WATERCOLOR
Multiple Saturdays (see dates below), all workshops from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Instructor: Paul Brand
Experience Level: Basic knowledge of watercolor to advanced
Note: Each session is a separate session and can be registered for individually at $30 each, or as an entire series of 5 for $140 (to save $10!). Choose your preference when checking out online and adding items to your cart.
See supply list below.
April 7th: Watercolor Topics: Focus on Composition
Composition refers to the arrangement of shape, value, line and color in a picture. The 4 elements of composition are shape, value, color and line.
In this class, students will study shapes in copies of paintings by master artists, and use value sketches with pencil to explore the role of shape, value, color and line to focus attention on the center of interest. To reinforce concepts of creating a strong composition, students will create watercolor paintings using only a 1 inch flat brush and a limited number of brush strokes. This class will be helpful for artists working in any media, not just watercolor. Teaching Composition is one of Paul's specialties, and The Depo staff highly recommend this class.
April 14th: Watercolor Topics: Focus on Clouds and Skies
In this class students will practice painting clouds wet in wet, or wet in dry. Paul will demonstrate how to paint clouds and skies in a variety of weather conditions such as sunny and stormy skies, rain and snow. Students will also practice how to plan white space on their paper to ensure the white of the cloud is the white of the paper, instead of relying on white watercolor paint.
April 21st: Watercolor Topics: Focus on Trees, Foliage and Grasses
In this class, students will learn how to paint trees and foliage with a focus on creating overall irregular shapes and leaf edges, creating the illusion of the sunny vs shaded side, and placement in composition. Paul will also demonstrate and have students practice painting grasses: using a 1 inch flat, a dry brush technique, and varying color and value.
April 28th: Watercolor Topics: Focus on Rocks and Textures
In this class, students will learn how to depict rocks by shape: irregular, with sharp edges or rounded, and with light and shaded side. Paul will demonstrate how to add cracks to show shape and volume and use dry brush to create texture.
For example, texture on rough surfaces is shown with dry brush and lines as appropriate. Texture on smooth surfaces is shown by sharp edges between adjacent areas. Students will have time to practice painting rocks with guided instruction.
May 5th: Watercolor Topics: Focus on Water and Reflections
In this class, Paul will demonstrate and allow guided practice time for painting calm and rough water. He will also share tips and best practices for painting water and reflections.
For example, reflections of objects in water are:
Located directly below the object
Appear to be as far below the water surface as the object is above
At the same angle to the surface as the object is, but upside down
Usually somewhat darker than the object
Supplies to Bring or Buy For all Workshops:
(Note: if you already have any watercolor supplies, bring them with you and we'll see what you can use.)
8 x 10 inch sketch book – two hard covers, spiral bound
Two full sheets, 22 x 30, of Arches cold press 140lb watercolor paper
Two Snap brand watercolor brushes, one each one inch flat and number 10 round
2B drawing pencil and kneaded eraser
Watercolor palette about 11 x 14 size
Daniel Smith watercolors one tube each:
ansa yellow light
Hansa yellow medium
Cadmium red medium hue
Phthalocyanine blue 140
Two plastic cups to hold water
A roll of paper towels
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Please register as soon as you plan on attending. Classes that don't reach the minimum number of students required will be canceled 48 hours before the first day of class. Last minute registrations are accepted if class minimum is met and space allows.