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

Beginning Watercolor
Thursdays, June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 3
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:  (BEST): ARCHES Watercolor paper in Arches block form. (size is up to you) OR : Single sheets that can be modified in size and taped to a rigid base such as Masonite. Other brands like Fabriano and others are good- NOTE: NOT Strathmore pads- No!)
10” X 14 “ or larger paper size is best
Tape- masking tape such as low tack painters tape 1” ( I use 2” but I also use larger size paper pads) you can get low tack type
Masking fluid -Winsor Newton is best
Paint - Winsor & Newton PRO GRADE or Holbein paints
Plastic Palette (large folding is BEST)

Colors - Cadmium Red, Opera rose, Cerulean Blue, Horizon Blue, Cobalt Blue, Olive Green, Sap Green, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow, Indigo 

Brushes - #12 and #16 Sable (Princeton (best) or Simmons brand ) ,a 1”hake’ brush
#2 pencil
1 KNEADED eraser (-NOT- rubber pencil erasers)
Semi-coarse med grain Kosher salt in a small shaker
Flat 3” X 5” kitchen sponge (NOT with coarse scrub texture on backside)
WIDE BASE Water Cup such as tupperware for cleaning brushes and water source
Paper towels
A rubber cement eraser (not a pencil eraser, ask the desk about this)
scraper tool such as butter knife


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