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Sample of thumbnail watercolor sketches with brushes and paints Thumbnails in Watercolor CEXTN36-202340 is a Course

Thumbnails in Watercolor CEXTN36-202340

Ended Apr 5, 2023

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Full course description

Wednesday, 4/5/2023, 6:00pm-8:00pm, online

Instructor Amy Hibbs

This class teaches how to use thumbnail sketches in watercolor as a valuable tool for working out compositions before embarking on a larger piece. It's also a great way to relax by making tiny paintings. We will make two sets of thumbnails, the first will be traditional simplified sketches with pencils and watercolor. The second set uses the thumbnail format to create small abstract paintings one deliberate brushstroke at a time. The process encourages meditation on the qualities of each stroke and color. The instructor will provide images though students are welcome to use their own images. This workshop is for all levels.

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.

Instructor bio: Amy has been teaching art to all ages for two decades. Most recently she has taught at the Palo Alto Art Center and the School of Visual Philosophy. From the elementary classroom to the university studio, she brings her knowledge and passion for a variety of media. She enjoys sharing knowledge clearly, so that students leave ready to apply new skills with confidence.

Materials list:
Watercolors: please have a basic set of paints, either pans or tubes are fine.

Brush: One round brush, size 4 or 6. A flat brush, size 8 is also useful.
Mixing dish, palette, or the lid of your watercolor set
Paper: Watercolor paper is best. Have a few sheets, around 8x10” each or larger. 
Lots of water to keep your brush extra clean between colors
Paper towels or rag for dabbing your brush
Scrap paper for testing colors (optional)
Masking tape (optional)