Introduction to Watercolor Workshop
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.
Synchronized meeting time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Number of meetings: 5
Students must have a computer with internet access and a webcam to participate in the workshop.
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*)
Cadmium Red Medium
Alizarin Crimson or Quinacridone Crimson*
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
Sharp Utility/hobby knife