Design Principles in Watercolor

This workshop serves as both an introduction to and exploration of watercolor. 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. Learn useful techniques like wet in wet, graded washes and dry brush as well as experimental methods for creating texture. Knowledge of drawing is helpful but not required. Work from photos, still life, and sketches to plan and create your own watercolor paintings while learning or reviewing design principles. Beginners will gain basic skills and knowledge of watercolor and intermediate and advanced students will have the opportunity to review techniques and explore a personal approach to watercolor painting.

Fleisher will be closed on Monday, May 27, to observe the Memorial Day holiday, the make-up session will be on June 10.

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, useful extra colors: Titanium White, Payne’s Grey, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Orange

  • Optional items: masking fluid; X-Acto knife