Introduction to Watercolor Workshop

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Instructor: Erik Parra

Watercolor is a beautiful and versatile medium which has recently seen a major resurgence in popularity by contemporary artists all over the world. It is suited for larger studio work, quick journal and travel sketches, or for painting in plein-air. This workshop is designed to introduce students to all aspects of watercolor. Tools, techniques and concepts such as transparency, texture, blending, and fading will be introduced through demonstration and reinforced with practical exercises. Students will be introduced to artists who have worked in this medium throughout history through a series of artist talks. Gain confidence with watercolor and begin your exploration of this luminous and exciting medium. Engage your personal vision by taking advantage of the spontaneity and inherent beauty and have fun with the unique experience of that is the watercolor medium.

Each three-hour workshop will be broken down into four, 45-minute sections. In the first section the instructor will introduce and demonstrate techniques and exercises for practice, this will be followed by a 45-minute practice/questions/recap time, in the third section the instructor will introduce artists working in watercolor as well as related peripheral information related to painting such composition techniques, color theory, etc. and we will finish up with a 45-minute practice/questions/share time.

This workshop is designed for the beginner but will have something to offer the most seasoned watercolorist. Beginning students will quickly gain the confidence to make the watercolor process gratifying, while more experienced artists will have the opportunity to hone skills and develop the concepts in their work. Students will gain competency in methodology, theory and history of watercolor while learning strategies to craft personal visual expressions informed by color theory and the principles of composition.



Fee: $195
Dates: 7/13/20-8/10/20
Day: Monday
Synchronized meeting time:  6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Number of meetings: 5
Location: Online

Students must have a computer with internet access and a webcam to participate in the workshop. 



Materials List:
1. Sketchbook or notebook for taking notes.
2. Watercolor Paper: 30 sheet pad of 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper, 9x12in. or 11x14in.
Optional Paper: 1 Sheet, 140lb., 22x 30in. artist grade watercolor paper
3. Brushes: #8 Round, #4 Round, 3/4” Flat Wash Brush
Optional Brushes in descending order of importance: ¾” mop, #4 script liner, #10 round, 1” Flat Wash
4. Tubes of Watercolor Paint in the following colors: (Please purchase as many colors as you feel inclined, but at the very minimum you will need the colors marked with an*)
Lemon Yellow
Cadmium Yellow*
Cadmium Red Medium
Alizarin Crimson or Quinacridone Crimson*
Prussian Blue*
Cerulean Blue
Pthalocyanine Green*
Hookers Green
Burnt Sienna
Burnt Umber*
5. 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 tray or plastic muffin pans.
Optional, but highly recommended: at least one pie-pan shaped cup measuring 3-1/2" in diameter and 1-1/8" in depth.
6. Two Cups for water
7. Miscellany:
Plastic eraser
Sharp Utility/hobby knife
Masking tape
paper towel
carrying case