"It amounts to 95% perspiration and 5% inspiration."  -Claude Monet on creating art

An introduction to materials, techniques of watercolor craftsmanship, and color theory, along with a look at a multitude of styles from the masters through the ages. Heavy focus on learning and practicing basic brush techniques along with water to pigment ratio and control.

Student must have basic skills in drawing.

Dates, Times, and Locations For Spring 2023

Duration: 10 weeks. Ten, 3-hour class sessions (No class Easter week)
Maximum students per class: 6-10. (Depends on location of classes)
Ages: 13-year-old through adult
Pre-requisites: Evidence of skills taught in Drawing 1 and 2 (Students who have not taken Drawing 1 and 2, please request a portfolio assessment.)
Course cost: $575+materials

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to develop apprentice-level watercolor painters who have a solid understanding of the pigments, brushes, papers, and application techniques to make convincing marks on paper.

What To Expect As A Result Of Taking This Course

  • To understand and effectively use materials and basic techniques common in watercolor painting
  • Through persistent practice gain the experience necessary to control the balance between pigment, water, and paper in wet-n-wet techniques.
  • To properly see and skeptically analyze what you think you are seeing
  • To effectively represent tonal values to convincingly depict atmospheric perspective and separation of objects
  • Homework and practice exercises will be assigned each week (3+ hours weekly)
  • To learn basic concepts in composition and organizing of elements of a painting
  • To properly place distant figures (people/animals) in a scene that benefit the composition
  • To exhibit an elementary understanding of color: Hue, value, and intensity
  • To understand the interplay of shade, tint, warmth, and coolness
  • To be able to select colors for a painting through building a palette harmony (color theory)
  • To draft convincing watercolor paintings (scenes) in aerial and linear perspective:
    • Learn to manipulate line, texture, and values to depict separation
    • Use tone, line, texture, contrast, and composition to direct eye-flow in paintings
    • Learn skills to control the center of interest
    • Paint scenic views in aerial perspective (Creating the illusion of depth and space)
  • Entry level use of these techniques: flat wash, graded wash, dry brush, wet on dry, wet-n-wet, dry on wet, direct attack, blending, lifting out, layering, splattering, palette knife, and masking
  • To learn to personally source material, live and from photographs