Design Principles in Watercolor

Explore the principals of color and design while enhancing your technical familiarity with the mediums of Watercolor and Gouache. Intended as a foundation level class we will examine basic topics of design and color theory, and how they relate to representational and abstract picture making. We will work from still-lifes you set up in your own home, photographs, and real space as reference points to our thematically patterned exercises. Whether you are looking to strengthen the composition of your work through concepts such as harmony, rhythm, balance, dominance, and contrast, or gain practical experience manipulating aqueous mediums, this online class is essential, especially for those who are looking to advance their artistic experience beyond drawing and into painting. The first hour of the class will be spent on demonstrations by the instructor and the second-hour students will have a chance to work independently and share their work in progress with the instructor and the class.

Special Notes
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Due to Labor Day, this class will begin on September 14, 2020.

Tuition Assistance is Available
To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Aug. 12. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, August 26.

What you will learn:

  • The ability to manipulate color

  • The ability to carry out a successful strategy throughout the process

  • Learn the basic principles of two-dimensional design

  • Awareness of color interactions: harmony, saturation, and complementary

Required supplies:

  • Watercolors, either tubes or half pans. Recommended colors: Ultramarine Blue, Lemon Yellow, Permanent Rose, Viridian, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, and Pthalo Blue. Useful extra colors: Titanium White, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Aureolin Yellow, Payne’s Grey, Burnt Umber.

  • Gouache basic painting set

  • Recommended watercolor brushes: 1) 3/4-in wash flat; 2) #10 round, and 3) either a #4 or #5 pointed round

  • Watercolor Paper: 11 x14 inches, or larger hot press 90lb minimum (blocks or pads are good)

  • Watercolor palette with wells

  • Containers for water

  • White eraser

  • Drawing pencil (2-4H)

  • Clear plastic ruler

  • X-acto knife