This painting class emphasizes the technical skills for the beginner or advanced painter to achieve winning results in painting flowers in watercolor. These lessons are based on seven techniques most often used by famous artists presently and in art history. The instructor will demonstrate these techniques each week through in-class assignments and give an out-of-class assignment for the student to put into practice their newly acquired skills.
Students may choose their own floral subjects from their drawing experiences using their own photographs or from direct observation. This course gives technical insight through visual aids of watercolor movements and artist trends that have elevated floral watercolor painting as a major medium today’s market. The demonstrations and presentations are intended to provide the student with a solid base to build their own painting experiences upon. Group critiques will be featured each week to provide the student with an opportunity to develop their powers to talk about their work in a supportive environment. This course is perfect for beginners and anyone who desires to acquire technical control in watercolor painting skills while balancing a healthy desire to play with the floral subject.
SUGGESTED ART MATERIALS FOR WATERCOLOR PAINTERS
1. 10 sheets of 140 lb cold press Watercolor Paper, 22” x 30. I prefer Gemini watercolor brand because it allows for lifting, 140 lb (cold press is what I prefer but Arches is also good to use).
2. Watercolor paints in tubes or cakes/pans- a warm and cool statement of each primary color plus secondary, grays, blacks, white for a total of no more than 14-18 colors. I use Holbein watercolors because I love color and there is no ox gall in the paint, just pure gum arabic as the binder. It is more affordable than other brands. I recommend the following colors:
Permanent Yellow Lemon Permanent Yellow Deep Cadmium Orange Yellow Ochre Permanent Red
Permanent Alizarin Crimson Brilliant Pink Opera Burn Sienna Viridian Green Hooker’s Green Cerulean Blue Cobalt Blue Ultramarine Blue Deep Peacock Blue Manganese Blue Royal Blue Permanent Magenta
3. Palette, a studio palette with separate mixing areas and at least 16 wells to hold paint.
4. Three watercolor brushes, I use the Balmoral Kolinsky brand, a small round no. 6, a no. 12 and a Large 1" Flat.
5. Cotton Rags or roll of paper towels.
6. Paint board or light weight plexi glass or formica board that is non-absorbent at least 2" larger than your paper 24 x 32 inches.
7. Portfolio, waterproof and large enough to fit your paperand painting board.
8. Graphite Pencils, 6B or HB or H depending on preference and how much you want the graphite line to be seen in your work.
9. Paint Box, to hold all of your paint tubes, brushes, and miscellaneous supplies.
10. Miscellaneous Supplies: Sketch book journal, a roll of 1" maskin or white artist tape, a sponge (natural are the best), 2 cups for holding water, kneaded eraser, ex-acto knife, and extra media to add to watercolor such as ink, liquid watercolor or watercolor pencils and pastels.