Abstract and Experimental Watercolor (two-day immersive workshop)

Linking abstraction to reality can be simultaneously one of the most exhilarating, yet perplexing forms of expression. In this energetic workshop, you will learn to abandon your fears and truly embrace the experimentation of what water-based mediums can do. Discover the joy of relinquishing control through guided drawing and painting exercises that transition through modes of inspiration and thought process.

What you will learn:

  • Improve vitality in your mark making and brushwork

  • Interpret the essential visual components of your subject

  • Gain confidence in working with wet art mediums

  • Learn to work with time constraints

Required supplies:

  • Pencils: 2B, 2H

  • Kneaded eraser

  • Paper towels or rags

  • Mixing dish/dishes or palette

  • Two or more water containers

  • Sketchbook or sketch paper

  • Any water colors you would like to work with (Amy’s recommended brands include: Windsor and Newton, Holbein, l’Aquarelle, da Vinci) in tubes or pan; including a blue, a red and a yellow.

  • White gouache

  • Black ink (Higgins, India, or sumi) – fun but not required.

  • Watercolor brushes: round tip – a #4 and a #10 and 1-inch flat brush

  • Watercolor paper: block or individual sheets –140lb cold pressed

  • Water soluble colored pencils and crayons

  • Natural sponge (optional)

  • Liquid masking fluid (optional)

  • Plastic spray bottle (optional)

  • Painters tape (optional)