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Painting of a Palm Spring interior by Erik Parra Introduction to Watercolor CEXTN12-202180 is a Course

Introduction to Watercolor CEXTN12-202180

Oct 18 - Nov 16, 2021

$195 Enroll

Full course description

Mondays, 10/18-11/15/2021, 6:30-9:30pm

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.

Materials List

  • Sketchbook or notebook for taking notes.
  • 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
  • Brushes: #8 Round, #4 Round, 3/4" Flat Wash Brush
  • Optional Brushes in descending order of importance: Mop, #4 script liner, #10 round, 1" Flat Wash
  • 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*
  • 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.
  • Two Cups for water
  • pencil
  • Plastic eraser
  • Sharp Utility/hobby knife
  • Masking tape
  • sponge
  • paper towel
  • carrying case

Instructor Bio

Erik Richard Parra holds a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in painting from The University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Fine Art completed on fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Currently based in San Francisco, California Erik has exhibited internationally in Berlin, Brazil, Los Angeles, London and New York. In the Bay Area Erik‚ work has been exhibited at Blankspace Gallery, Johansson Projects, The Headlands Center for the Arts, Root Division, Southern Exposure, Kala Art Institute, the Berkeley Art Center and most recently at Eleanor Harwood Gallery. Erik's work has been included in publications including New American Paintings, the SF Bay Gaudian and the LA Times. Erik teaches at the California College of the Arts, and City College of San Francisco. Additionally, Erik has garnered residencies and awards, most recently he was awarded an inaugural Hopper Prize and an inaugural Liquitex Research Residency.

Image credit: Erik Parra