In my watercolor classes we will be focused on watercolor but will explore other mediums such as gouache, graphite, acrylic and pastel along the way. We will see how they can be incorporated with watercolor and learn how another meduim can enchance your artwork. There will be a new subject or technique each week with lots of time to work on your own paintings. Such subjects will be covered such as values, washes, shadows and highlights, negative painting, color theory, etc. We will do some exercies to learn how to paint trees, skys, water, flowers and build up your knowledge over time instead of throwing it at you all at once.
Supplies you will need
Note: If you don't have your own watercolors I have created a little kit that you can purchase for $25 which has all the colors you will need to get started, a palette and a few brushes.
You will need some basic watercolors. A good, student quality watercolor is Windsor and Newton Cotman. Windsor and Newton Professional is better if you plan to continue working in watercolor. Buy the best quality that you can afford. A few colors of good quality paints are better than a lot of cheap paints.
During the first class bring what materials you have and we will discuss materials before you go out a purchase an bunch of stuff you don't need.
Basic colors to have are:
Cadminun Yellow Deep or Indian Yellow
Colors we will be working with in later classes are:
* You will need some watercolor brushes. A variety of sizes, square and round and a rigger, sometimes called a liner or script. Don't use brushes that you have used for acrylics. Simply Simmonds is a good brand name and can be purchased at Art Cansell, on Kenmount Road for $4.50 each.
* A good quality paper is a must. Arches paper is popular and available locally at Art Cansell, The Artists Workshop and Michaels. Get one sheet of 140lb. It's better to get used to working on one type of paper so you will know how it will react to the paints. Don't buy the cheap pads of watercolor paper; you'll never get good results. A good quality paper will be "Acid Free" and "100% rag".
I'll have a supply Arches of 140lb on hand, cut in quarter sheets that you can buy from me. $3 - 140lb
* A white plastic pallet is needed to store and mix your paints.
* Bring a sketch pad, a few pencils and an eraser to each class. Good for making sketches and taking notes.
* Masking tape and some kind of support to tape your paper to. A plastic For Sale sign from Dollarama will do.