ExploringAbstractElementsinWatercolorFriPM

Friday Evening Class January

During this course we will looking at how artists arrange the elements of art and principles of design (color, shape, texture, contrast, pattern, etc.) to evoke emotions, create a mood, and inspire the viewer! Each students will gain a basic understanding of how to turn those elements into strong compositions by following demonstrations and having plenty of time to work on their own creations during each class. We will look at both non-representational art as well as objects that have been made to look abstract  using certain methods. Making abstract art isn’t as easy as one thinks, but it also doesn’t have to be intimidating! This amazingly sweet group of watercolor enthusiasts have been coming together to explore so many aspects of this magical medium – do join us! 

This is an adult course, but teens are welcome to participate as well. Children under 13 may accompany an adult taking the course.

COST: By Donation (students have been paying anywhere from $5 – $50 per class which comes out to $20-$200 for the whole course. Please pay what matches your financial means and needs. No on turned away due to lack of funds.

DATES: We will meet 4 Fridays, JANUARY 8, 15, 22, 29 – 5pm-7pm Pacific Time

Each class will be recorded that day and the link to view it will be sent along with the notes from the class each week. Recorded classes are only available to those who register for the class so we can keep a safe and nurturing space for those to express themselves.

SUPPLIES:

Here’s a video I made about the supplies I suggest:

https://youtu.be/YZxQlbZGVhI

(The brushes I love have been discontinued. I have offered another option below)

YOU CAN USE ANY BRAND OF THE FOLLOWING YOU WOULD LIKE:

Watercolor set

White watercolor pan or tube (if your set doesn’t have one)

Three brushes (if you only get one please get a size 6 and 10) 

Watercolor paper (in the form of the block) would recommend the FABRIANO one single sheets work too.

2 jars for water

white absorbent cotton fabric or paper towels for cleaning brushes

Artist’s tape (optional) 

Hair/blow-dryer

Pencil

Eraser

MY SUGGESTIONS:

PAPER:

I prefer is a block of paper (pad with glued together sheets of paper is best for watercolor. If you only have single sheets or a pad it will work too, but you will experience warping of the paper which is sometimes difficult to work with. 

PAPER:

Canson Block:

https://www.dickblick.com/products/canson-montval-watercolor-blocks/

If you want to stretch your own paper you can buy any arches watercolor paper 140lb (hot press is smooth, cold press has texture, rough has the most texture – I will show you how to do it – it literally takes 10 minutes and time to dry:

https://www.dickblick.com/products/arches-bright-white-watercolor-paper/

You will need a stapler that opens (any standard stapler will work)

Gator Board:

https://www.dickblick.com/items/13201-1021/

Tape (optional) helps keep a nice boarder on your paper of white.

https://www.dickblick.com/items/24124-1012/

BRUSHES:

Mop for washes:

https://www.dickblick.com/items/06392-2012/

Small for details:

https://www.dickblick.com/items/robert-simmons-white-sable-brush-round-short-handle-size-2/

size 6 for medium shapes

https://www.dickblick.com/items/robert-simmons-white-sable-brush-round-short-handle-size-6/

sized 12 (optional – you can also get size 10… your choice)

https://www.dickblick.com/items/robert-simmons-white-sable-brush-round-short-handle-size-12/

WATERCOLOR PAINTS:

https://www.dickblick.com/items/sargent-art-professional-watercolor-set-of-12-pans/

https://www.dickblick.com/products/winsor-newton-cotman-watercolor-pans/

These are great if you want to learn about color theory: https://www.dickblick.com/items/daniel-smith-extra-fine-watercolor-essentials-set-5-ml-tube/

If you want to buy an empty palette (and fill with your own tubes)

https://www.dickblick.com/products/yasutomo-folding-watercolor-palette/

Tubes of watercolor:

https://www.dickblick.com/products/reeves-student-watercolor-sets/

These are great if you want to learn about color theory: 

https://www.dickblick.com/items/daniel-smith-extra-fine-watercolor-essentials-set-5-ml-tube/

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