Full course description
Tuesdays, 9/14-10/12/2021, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Instructor: Erik Parra
Using a combination of traditional drawing and watercolor painting techniques, students will explore the construction of our built environment. Starting with a discussion about the depiction of architecture in select popular media, students will create original drawings based in observation. Focusing our attention on architectural exteriors in landscape, interiors and industrial objects we will make drawings that evoke moods and inspire conversation.
This workshop is designed to introduce students to perspective drawing techniques, traditional watercolor techniques, as well as techniques for drawing in pen and ink and pencil. Students will create unique compositions focused on architectural elements. We will look at photos and film snippets from movies, television and literature in order to look at the depictions of architecture and interior spaces in popular media as a starting point for a conversation about how to use light and color to inform the mood of a painting.
Workshops are taught online through Zoom and Canvas. Students will need a computer or smart phone with webcam and microphone, internet and web streaming capacity, and the Zoom application installed to their device. A device to capture images (digital camera, smart phone, or tablet, etc.) is helpful, but not required.
1. Sketchbook or notebook for taking notes.
2. Watercolor Paper: 30 sheet pad of 140 lb. watercolor paper, your preference of finish, 9x12in. or 11x14in. Optional Paper: 1 Sheet, 140lb., 22x 30in. artist grade watercolor paper
3. Brushes: #8 Round, #4 Round, 3/4” Flat Wash Brush Optional Brushes in descending order of importance: ¾” mop, #4 script liner, #10 round, 1” Flat Wash
4. Tubes of Watercolor Paint in the following colors: (Please purchase as many colors as you feel inclined, but at the very minimum you will need the colors marked with an* for the excercises) Lemon Yellow Cadmium Yellow* Cadmium Red Medium Alizarin Crimson or Quinacridone Crimson* Prussian Blue* Cerulean Blue Pthalocyanine Green* Hookers Green Burnt Sienna Burnt Umber*
5. Palette: The plastic watercolor palettes available at any art supply store are fine as long as you have one or two deep wells for mixing large mixtures. I also suggest using plastic ice cube tray or plastic muffin pans. Optional, but highly recommended: at least one pie-pan shaped cup measuring 3-1/2" in diameter and 1-1/8" in depth.
6. Two Cups for water
7. Drawing Materials: Prismacolor Premier Illustration Marker Set -Black, Mixed Tip, Set of 4 At least 2 Pencils, one F or HB and one that is 4B or softer, EBONY pencils are great Ruler, at least 18” Plastic eraser Sharp Utility/hobby knife Masking tape paper towel carrying case sponge (optional) craft paper to cover your work area (optional)
Image credit: Erik Parra