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
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*
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
Items marked with an asterisk are available for purchase in Fleisher’s school store. Members receive a 10 percent discount on art supply purchases.