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Three Consecutive Saturdays
Saturday October 12, 19, 26, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm -OR-
Saturday March 10, 17, and 24, 2020 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Instructor: Paul H. Brand
Ages: Adults, 18+
Students can register for individual classes for $40.00 each, or sign up for all three for $90.00 and save.

First Session: Learning to Paint the Color You See
In this class, Paul will explain how almost any color can be mixed with a simple palette of three warm and three cool colors. Cool colors tend toward blue, warm colors toward red. Red, yellow and blue are called primary colors because they cannot be made by mixing other colors. Students will complete a color mixing exercise detailed below, as well as a color challenge exercise to learn how to identify and manipulate the aspects of color. After the demo and color mixing exercises, students will be asked to mix colors to match objects and color samples provided by Paul.

Exercise: make a chart showing pairs of warm and cool reds, yellows, and blues. Use pairs of primaries to make secondary colors: orange, green, and purple. Use three primaries to make tertiary colors: brown, grays, ochres. 
Students will learn how to identify colors by:
Hue: the name of the color, e.g., red, blue, yellow.
Intensity: the brightness or intensity of the color.
Value: the lightness or darkness of the color
Color temperature: Cool or warm; cool colors tend toward blue, warm colors toward red.

Second Session: Basic Watercolor Techniques
In this class, students will sketch a simple subject and paint it using a 1" Flat brush.  Bring a simple photo you'd like to replicate in watercolor or use a photo provided by the instructor.
Paul will demonstrate and provide guided practice time for:

  • Working with flat and round brushes

  • Creating even and graded washes

  • Practicing dry brush, wet in dry and wet in wet painting

  • Letting colors mix on the paper

  • Painting simple shapes

Third Session: Planning a Painting
In this class, Paul will provide an overview of how to plan and begin a painting. Students will be given individual work time in class, but should expect to finish their painting at home.

  • Choose a simple subject that you like. Photos will be provided or you may bring your own.

  • Make a three-value pencil sketch showing the big shapes using white (blank paper), mid value (gray), and black.

  • Transfer the sketch to watercolor paper using light pencil marks.

  • Paint the big shapes in the background first, then the foreground.

  • Paint the darks next.

  • Last, paint small details.

Supplies to Bring or Buy to All Sessions:

(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 is recommended, any sketchbook around that size will be fine.

  • Two full sheets, 22 x 30, of Arches cold press 140 lb watercolor paper, folded + torn into quarter sheets. Paul can demonstrate this for you.

  • Snap brand watercolor brushes, one each one inch flat and number 10 round, or something similar

  • 2B drawing pencil and kneaded eraser

  • Watercolor palette about 11 x 14 size

  • Daniel Smith watercolors one tube each:

    • Hansa yellow light

    • Hansa yellow medium

    • Cadmium red medium hue

    • Quinacridone Magenta

    • Ultramarine blue

    • Phthalocyanine blue 140 (green shade)

  • Two plastic cups to hold water

  • A roll of paper towels

You can also call the store ahead of time and have any or all of these items collected and held for when you arrive for the class.
Individual class sessions for the March, 2020 workshop will be added after the October session ends.

*Please reference our class cancellation policy by clicking here.*

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.

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