Full course description
Mondays, 2/22/2021-3/22/2021, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Instructor Erik Parra
Watercolor is a beautiful and versatile medium which has recently seen a major resurgence in popularity by contemporary artists all over the world. It is suited for larger studio work, quick journal and travel sketches, or for painting in plein-air. This workshop is designed to introduce students to all aspects of watercolor. Tools, techniques and concepts such as transparency, texture, blending, and fading will be introduced through demonstration and reinforced with practical exercises. Students will be introduced to artists who have worked in this medium throughout history through a series of artist talks. Gain confidence with watercolor and begin your exploration of this luminous and exciting medium. Engage your personal vision by taking advantage of the spontaneity and inherent beauty and have fun with the unique experience of that is the watercolor medium.
1. Sketchbook or notebook for taking notes.
2. Watercolor Paper: 30 sheet pad of 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper, 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*) 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. 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. Miscellany: pencil Plastic eraser Sharp Utility/hobby knife Masking tape sponge paper towel carrying case
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.
Image credit: Erik Parra