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Beginning Watercolor - Gordon Meggison (3 hour sessions - 6 classes)

Beginning Watercolor
Thursdays, August 17, 24, 31, September 7, 14 and 21
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Cost: $195.00 (not including materials)

We will start by an introduction to watercolor brushes, palettes, brand qualities and best practices.  We explore simple methods for understanding color mixing, understanding how to achieve the mix you want.  We will study color scales that lead to important glazing process.
We will also cover different brush strokes, how to load the brush, how to gauge water and pigment loads so you get rich sumptuous applications of color.
We explore neutrals and how valuable they are to make the rest of the painting look fantastic.
Next we cover glazing while in the process of painting a first theme subject.  We will look into scraping, salt, etc.  We will also introduce a variety of techniques to achieve the illusion of texture.  We will learn how to use photo based reference to achieve optimal results.  I will demo each lesson, and watch you, correcting problems that crop up so you can achieve maximum results in the shortest time.

We will do a tools intro the first day so you can refine all of the materials list with your questions, so no worries, we can walk through and buy them at the opening of class, I will help you if you are not confident buying ahead.

Materials List:

Paper:  140lb Cold Pressed Arches Watercolor Paper Block suggested size 10”x 14”
Paint - BEST: Holbein or Winsor & Newton PRO grade NOCOTMAN, ( it has fillers) 
Colors - Cadmium Red, Opera Rose, Cobalt Blue , Burnt Umber,
Cadmium Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Burn Umber, ndigo, Horizon Blue, Sap Green, 
small whales tail palette knife
Pallet pan - Medium size folding plastic palette
Brushes - #12 round watercolor (Princeton is ideal for class) 
Hake brush 1”
Windsor Newton Masking Fluid-
Low tack off white masking tape 1” or drafting tape
#2 pencil
Kneaded eraser, (not a standard eraser it tears the fibers of the paper)
Small Kosher Salt in a small shaker
Flat 3” X 5” kitchen sponge (NOT the kind with coarse scrub texture on backside)
Plastic wide base water cup ( NOT a small paper or plastic tall cup, falls over! )
Plastic saran Wrap (Optional)
Paper Towels

 

Class participants receive a "SPECIAL 25% DISCOUNT"
on all art supplies.