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This online watercolor painting course is for those watercolor painters who are tired of painting muddy colors and want to improve their compositions. Completing this watercolor class will get you to the next level and provide working methods and helpful tips to create bold, bright, and clean watercolor paintings in any subject matter.
Course Materials (included with tuition):
- Painting Vibrant Watercolors by Soon Y. Warren (PDF download) Retail: $24.99
- Paint Amazing Watercolors from Photographs by Henry Dixon (PDF download) Retail: $29.99
- Video: Color Techniques for Vibrant Watercolor by Joyce Faulknor & Guy Magallanes Retail: $19.99
- Video: Pure Color Glazing by Arleta Pech Retail: $29.95
What You’ll Learn
- How to choose a color palette and explore color pigments and color theory
- How to choose your subject matter
- How to work and edit your photographs and get your image on your watercolor paper
- Understand composition and some basic elements and principles of design
- Paint confidently and boldly
Who should take this workshop:
- Those who have some experience with watercolors and who want to move to the next level
- Artists who need to learn about color pigments, color theory, using photographs creatively and composition
ART SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED:
- Watercolor colors as discussed during the “Preliminary Assignments” of the class
- Watercolor brushes: Kolinsky Sable or Sable blends in Rounds Size #4, #8, 1/4” and 1/2” flats.
- 1 1/2” Wash brush, small and medium scrubbers
- 140 lb. or 300 lb. Arches, cold-pressed, 30×22” watercolor sheet
- 6+Porcelain palette and small round, porcelain dishes 3” (use for diluting for washes)
- Wide mouth plastic or stainless bowl
- Viva paper towels (they have no texture)
- Squirt and spray bottle (use squirt bottle to wet and clean your palette, spray bottle to wet paper)
- Staple gun (if you use 140 lb paper)
- Artist’s Tape
- Saral Transfer paper
- HB and 2H pencils
- Set of 6 gray-scale markers (Tombow, Copic or Prismacolor)
- Moo or Kneaded eraser
- Masking fluid and bamboo pen
- Gator Board (preferably 3/4” from Jerry’s Artarama)
- Collection of Personal Photographs
- Hair dryer
- Cellulose sponge, common 4”x 2 1/2” wrapped in a sheet of paper towel for swabbing brush
- Color Wheel
Session 1: Preliminary Assignments, Getting Started, Choosing Your Subject Matter, Choosing Your Paint Colors, Setting up Your Palette, and Creating Your Own Color Circle
- Paint Amazing Watercolors from Photographs, pages 14-15
- Painting Vibrant Watercolors, pages 11-1, 19, 24-30, & 37-43
Viewing Assignment: Watch Color Techniques for Vibrant Watercolor.
Homework assignment: Submit images of your Color Circle and a photograph of the subject you intend to paint.
Session 2: Plan Your Painting and Get Your Image onto Watercolor Paper
- Paint Amazing Watercolors from Photographs, pages 20-27
- Painting Vibrant Watercolors, pages 31-43
Homework assignment: Submit a photograph of your line drawing on watercolor paper and your photograph and value study.
Session 3: Work Out Your Palette
- Review and finish reading Painting Vibrant Watercolors
- Watch and review Pure Color Glazing, by Arleta Pech
Homework assignment: Submit a photograph of your Work Out sheet.
Session 4: Enjoy and Paint Your Picture
As you experience your art journey always remember that it is the process that matters, not the product! I often scrap a painting and restart, I’ve even been known to repeat a painting to exercise those things I’ve learned along the way. Every mistake is an opportunity to learn, keep a journal of your art journey. Every painting should lead to another.
Homework assignment: Submit your finished painting