Online Class | Watercolor Foundation: Basic Techniques and Materials

from Alps to Zee
February 4th, 2021 - March 11th 2021
Thursdays for 6 weeks from 6:00pm to 9.00pm

250 US$

Watercolor can be a very rewarding technique but in order to obtain fresh and expressive paintings, one should become acquainted with its fundamentals: washes, gradations, glazes, wet on wet, wet on dry, drybrush, materials.

This course is designed to give a strong technical foundation to the artist that wants to seriously pursue watercolor.

During this 6-week course, the students will practice a variety of watercolor techniques, study color theory with specific exercises, practice with different types of paper and other materials, learn how to properly mount a piece of watercolor sheet of paper on a rigid support to avoid buckling, practice washes, glazes, blending colors, gradations, textures and more.

All these techniques will be used to create a variety of watercolor paintings: landscapes, still life, botanical subjects.


Zoom: (I will set up a short Zoom session to discuss the materials needed and also practice connecting via Zoom)

Paint: Watercolor paint in tubes or pans. You can use any watercolor paint you have, but these are the recommended colors: yellow lemon or cadmium yellow light-pale, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium red medium, alizarine chrimson, cobalt blue or cerulean blue, ultramarine blue, yellow ochre, raw sienna, burnt sienna, black. Blue gray by Old Holland or Lavender by Holbein can also be very useful colors to create sense of atmospheric distance or a gray-cloudy sky.

Brushes: #2, #8 and #14 round synthetic brushes, these brushes are cheap and versatile. If you can afford a Kolinsky sable brush you should buy a #8 round. The best brand is Winsor and Newton but it is very expensive. Raphael or Eskoda make very good quality Kolinsky sable brushes for much less. You also will need a 1” ½ or 2” flat synthetic or natural hair brush for washes.

Paper: a pad of 11”by 14” cold press watercolor paper by Arches, Fabriano or Winsor and Newton. You can also use any paper you like or you already have such as hot press, rag or hand made.

Other: Finally, you will need a mixing palette, water containers, pencils, kneaded erasers, and paper towels.

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