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 course 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-life objects and live models 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 studio course is essential, especially for those who are looking to advance their artistic experience beyond drawing and into painting.

Fleisher will be closed on Monday, May 25, to observe the Memorial Day holiday, the make-up session will be on June 8.

What you will learn:

  • Paint application techniques

  • The ability to manipulate color

  • Planning and making a painting

  • Learn the basic principles of two-dimensional design

  • The awareness of color interactions: harmony, saturation, and complementary

Required supplies:

  • Students will need paints, rags, water container

  • Sketchbook or scrap paper for ideas/sketches

  • Arches 90lb- 140 lb coldpress paper for studies and finished paintings

  • Painters tape

  • Black India ink

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

  • Art gum eraser

  • Watercolors, either tubes or half pans. Recommended colors: Lemon Yellow; Cadmium Yellow; Cadmium Red; Alizarin Crimson; Ultramarine Blue; Winsor or Pthalo or Prussian Blue; Viridian. Optional extra colors: Titanium White; Payne’s Grey; Burnt Umber; Burnt Sienna; Cadmium Orange.