Introduction to Watercolor
Thursdays 10:15am-12:15 afternoon via Zoom
January 14th-February 18th
with sessions recorded for student at-leisure access*
*This feature is particularly useful in case of a missed class, conflicting work schedule, or to watch the class again if further practice is desired
This class is for beginners to intermediate level. A love of experimentation and curiosity are the most important tools to bring to this class; basic drawing skills are helpful but not required.
Zoom Meeting Instruction will include teacher demonstrations (with student paint along) slide shows, group discussions and brief one-on-one consults
Supporting Instructional modalities are: email and image sharing with mark-ups for individual critique, files of instructional print outs, private Facebook class page for community building and voluntary sharing of student work as well as short videos
Lesson 1: An Exploration of Materials and Application Methods (wet-on-wet, glazes, blocks, resists and lifts) with additional instruction including: work area set-up, and methods for controlling the paint.
Lesson 2: Value as a Vehicle to show form and the illusion of space to create convincing compositions. Also lost and found edges and transferring imagery will be covered
Lesson 3: Kathy’s Theory of Tri-Color Application Color theory and color wheel, integrating color with value
Lesson 4: Still Life from Real Life With Kathy’s guidance you will select an object and paint along with Kathy but with your own palette, planning and techniques.
Lesson 5: From Table to Farm (or Mountains or Beach etc.) still life completion, landscape set-up from your own Kathy-approved photograph. Basic composition strategies and planning shown and discussed
Lesson 6: Wrapping Up and Loosening Up Landscape painting completion and if time allows quick exercises for loosening up your painting practice
(I can send a much more detailed list with Amazon links or you can use what you already have)
Digital Camera (Phone Camera is fine)
FB Account (to access to videos and class community posts)
(Printer is helpful, but not necessary)
To get on-line or from an art store (will send out a detailed list and video explanation)
Watercolor paper at least 140lb. At least 11x”14”, 12”x18” preferred
Paint set with at least a form of red, yellow, blue, burnt umber, violet (purple), orange, green that come in TUBES
A plastic paint palette with individual small wells to leave color in
4 watercolor brushes-a thin liner, a round 3, round 10 and a flat wash (at least ¾”)-numbers are approximate
White artist tape roll
Tracing Paper 9”x12” pad
White gouache paint
Essential but can get anywhere, may already have
Paper towel roll or old tea towels
Two clear plastic containers that can hold atleast about 20oz of water
Drawing board or foam core about 18”x24” to tape down watercolor paper
A gooseneck desk lamp (just means the neck can move) $7 at Target
Ruler at least 12”
For First Week Exploration (not end of the world if you do not have any of these)
Toothpicks, table salt, Q tips, Clear wax (like from a candle), saran wrap, liquid masking fluid
A place to be able to leave your work out, preferably with lots of natural light and near a sink
Time, Dates and Costs
Class Tuition: $150.
Dates: January 14th, 21st, 28th, February 4th, 11th, and 18th 10am-12noon recorded live with video posted to FB class page with access forever after (or until something stupid happens with the FB algorhythm)
Please email me with questions or to reserve your spot. Class size will be limited to 8 people first come first serve
Thanks so much for your interest in working with me and this great medium! I do hope we get to create together!