Understand and produce basic watercolor techniques such as wet in wet, gradations and dry brush. Learn when to use these techniques to produce a particular effect on your painting See how color value can make a painting "pop" and learn the importance of a value sketch.
Begin by studying basic geometric shapes starting with the sphere. Learn how to make it appear round and use that technique to render a more familiar round objectsuch as an apple. You'll learn how to paint a mug or vase to make it look cylindrical. We'll also study the cube, the basic shape for rendering structures from barns to skyscrapers.
Using what you have learned from studying these three basic shapes, you will develop and complete a still life painting.
Each lesson begins with a step by step demonstration by the instructor followed by the students exercise.
Click Material Listfor a list of basic supplies. Click Pallet for a basic layout of a basic color pallet.
In the weeks that follow, you'll learn techniques used to paint trees and flowers, enjoy a creative experience painting rocks and render grasses using the positive and negative methods. At the close of the workshop, you will have enough techniques under your belt to comfortably begin creating watercolor paintings on your own.
The Intermediate level is for those who have completed the Beginner evel or have had previous watercolor experience. Watercolor techniques learned at the beginner level are put to use in the creation of paintings. The subjects of the paintings vary but each has a specific goal, to improve your ability to manipulate watercolor. Whether we alter color shades and values to create a distant landscape or create a portrait using the glazing process, each painting will increase your knowledge of watercolor techniques.