Exploring Light and Space in Watercolor

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Instructor Erik Parra

This workshop is designed to introduce students to aspects of watercolor materials and techniques such as color, transparency, texture, wet into wet, and other tricks of the trade. 

Each week we will focus on creating watercolor paintings that capitalize on the expressive potential of light in order to give our paintings a palpable feeling of space and emotion.

Focusing on working from observation this workshop will give beginning students the opportunity to learn about watercolor or for more advanced students to grow their skills.



5 meetings
Fort Mason (2 Marina Blvd – Bldg B, San Francisco, CA 94123)
Room 203
$10.00 materials fee paid to the instructor

Materials list:

Sketchbook or notebook for taking notes 
Paper: 30 sheet, WC Pad 140 lb, 9”x12” 
Brushes: #8 Round, #4 Round, 3/4” Flat Wash Brush 
(Optional Brushes: 1” Flat Wash, #4 script liner, #10, #12, ½” or ¾” Mop) 
Tubes of Watercolor Paint in the following colors: 
Cadmium Yellow Light 
Cadmium Yellow Medium 
Cadmium Red Medium 
Alizarin Crimson 
Phtalocyanine Blue 
Cerulean Blue 
Pthalocyanine Green 
Hookers Green 
Burnt Sienna 
Burnt Umber 
Palette: The plastic watercolor palettes available at any art supply store are fine as long as you have one or two deep wells for mixing. I also suggest using plastic ice cube or plastic muffin pans. 
Two Cups for water 
Miscellany: pencil, Plastic eraser, Kneaded eraser, Xacto knife, Masking tape, sponge