Study various subjects through the medium of watercolor. Learn to communicate space, form, and color quickly. Led by Scott Johnston
May 11 - May 24, 2018 [14 days]
Intended for beginning painters or those who are new to this medium. This course will introduce participants to the medium of watercolor. If you have never painted before, or haven’t tried watercolor, the workshop will give you an appreciation for how accessible and unintimidating the medium can be once you understand a few basic principles and the wide range of ways the pigments can be applied to paper. A series of demonstrations followed by short in-class exercises will introduce students to the range of techniques watercolorists use to create the effects shown in their paintings. These exercises will include basics skills such as uniform and graded washes, but also wet-in- wet, dry brush, two and three pigment blended brush strokes, layering, masking and painting with sponges, pallet knives, and tooth brush spattering. In the following days of the workshop students will apply techniques they have learned to complete a series of studies leading to a final painting of a subject of their choosing. In morning meetings students will lay-out and discuss their latest studies of subjects they choose from local landscape scenes and historic structures, for peer and faculty comment and suggestions for improving their work. The entire portfolio of studies along with a final painting or series of paintings will be exhibited at the end of the workshop.
Technical knowledge of the watercolor medium
Understanding of how to create form and space with layered colors and shapes
Advanced visual organization skills
Advanced sensitivity to color, value, composition, texture, and pictorial depiction
STUDIO LIFE AND HISTORY
Watercolor is a quick and versatile medium. You can travel and describe situations, places and forms quickly and fluidly. Unlike oil paint, watercolor works from light to dark. You have to think multiple steps ahead. Watercolor is simultaneously expressive and intuitive. Paint dries quickly and responds to the amount of water or pigment. Designers and artists can benefit from an understanding of watercolor. It is a lifelong communication skill.