Watercolor Studio

Advanced Watercolor Studio – Ray Snouffer

September 18, 25, October 2, 9, (skip 16), 23, 30, 2019

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

(Watercolor Problem Solving: Experimentation and Exploration of Techniques)

The Intermediate / Advanced Watercolor Studio is intended for students that have completed Beginning Watercolor through at least one of the Advanced Techniques Classes or one of the Studio Classes.  The studio focuses specifically on utilizing watercolor to the greatest effect of the medium itself.  There will be an emphasis on experimentation needed to determine the techniques best suited to specific scenes and compositions.  The students will also learn how to plan / stage more complex compositions, new ways of using classic watercolor techniques and new approaches to detail.  Six or more individual compositions will be covered including seascapes, landscapes and scenes containing man-made objects; the students will be asked to bring one photograph of their own for a final project. The analysis of paintings will also be covered along with art history related to the compositions and techniques.   Nineteenth century American, British and European artists will be discussed throughout the course.

12 Students Maximum

Supplies:
Colors Required (All Levels):

  1. Payne’s Grey
  2. Emerald Green
  3. Sap Green
  4. Cobalt Blue or Ultramarine Blue
  5. Burnt Umber
  6. Burnt Sienna
  7. Alizarin Crimson
  8. Lemon Yellow
  9. Cadmium Orange
  10. Grumbacher Red

Additional Colors Recommended (All Levels):

  1. Cerulean Blue
  2. Thio Violet (purple)
  3. Olive Green
  4. Yellow Ochre
  5. Cadmium Yellow Medium
  6. Others if you like

Additional Colors Recommended (Advanced and Intermediat):

  1. Thalo Green
  2. Thalo Blue
  3. Thalo Crimson
  4. Others if you like

Brushes (Better quality any brand)

  1. Standard Round – long or short handles: #4, #6, #8, #12
  2. Lining Brush or Standard Round: #0
  3. “Silver Black Velvet” Oval ¾ inch (an amazing brush – it will be your favorite)
  4. Flat tipped or Filbert: ½ and 1 inch (inexpensive brushes are fine as these are primarily used for wetting the paper)

Paper (Cold Pressed – Arches or Lanaquarelle only – these brands are a bit more expensive but work very well)

  1. 140 pound individual sheets (22”x30”) that can be cut to any size – available from the museum.
  2. Optional: Watercolor block 11”x14” approximately

Other Items:

  1. White plastic watercolor pallet
  2. Tissues
  3. Paper Towels
  4. Masking Tape
  5. Small Artist Board approximately 11”x14” or a bit larger (Masonite or Plexiglas)

Intermediate Watercolor Studio – Ray Snouffer

September 18, 25, October 2, 9, (skip 16), 23, 30, 2019

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

(Experimentation and Exploration of Watercolor Techniques)

The Beginner / Intermediate Watercolor Studio is intended for students new to watercolor and/or watercolorists just interested in honing their skills.  Completion of a Beginning Watercolor class is recommended but not required.  Instruction in the watercolor studio class is provided through in class painting, exercises and homework (optional).  The studio focuses specifically on understanding the medium and specific techniques needed to achieve both depth and focus in completed paintings.  Six or more individual compositions will be covered including seascapes, landscapes and scenes containing manmade objects; the students will be asked to bring one photograph of their own for a final project. The analysis of paintings will also be covered along with art history related to the compositions and techniques.   Nineteenth century American (specifically William Trost Richards), British and European artists will be discussed throughout the course. 

9 Students Maximum
Supplies:
Colors Required (All Levels):

  1. Payne’s Grey
  2. Emerald Green
  3. Sap Green
  4. Cobalt Blue or Ultramarine Blue
  5. Burnt Umber
  6. Burnt Sienna
  7. Alizarin Crimson
  8. Lemon Yellow
  9. Cadmium Orange
  10. Grumbacher Red

Additional Colors Recommended (All Levels):

  1. Cerulean Blue
  2. Thio Violet (purple)
  3. Olive Green
  4. Yellow Ochre
  5. Cadmium Yellow Medium
  6. Others if you like

Additional Colors Recommended (Advanced and Intermediat):

  1. Thalo Green
  2. Thalo Blue
  3. Thalo Crimson
  4. Others if you like

Brushes (Better quality any brand)

  1. Standard Round – long or short handles: #4, #6, #8, #12
  2. Lining Brush or Standard Round: #0
  3. “Silver Black Velvet” Oval ¾ inch (an amazing brush – it will be your favorite)
  4. Flat tipped or Filbert: ½ and 1 inch (inexpensive brushes are fine as these are primarily used for wetting the paper)

Paper (Cold Pressed – Arches or Lanaquarelle only – these brands are a bit more expensive but work very well)

  1. 140 pound individual sheets (22”x30”) that can be cut to any size – available from the museum.
  2. Optional: Watercolor block 11”x14” approximately

Other Items:

  1. White plastic watercolor pallet
  2. Tissues
  3. Paper Towels
  4. Masking Tape
  5. Small Artist Board approximately 11”x14” or a bit larger (Masonite or Plexiglas)

Beginner to Advanced Watercolor – Lee Weaver

September 4, 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 2019

4:30 – 7 p.m. 

We will meet to look at the basics of watercolor painting including washes, wet into wet, lifting, glazing, direct mixing of colors, pre-mixing colors, brush manipulations, paper characteristics, masking, dry brush, spattering, etc., etc. 

We may experiment with painting landscapes, human figures, seascapes, buildings, flowers… and whatever.  

We will practice atmospheric perspective, understanding color value, saturation, color schemes, etc.       

We may work on both non-objective and representational concepts. 

We will succeed and fail (I have the largest collection of Lee Weaver failures on the East Coast!).  This class is for beginners as well as the experienced.

Critiques and discussions will take place. 

What will you need? 

  • First and foremost quality paints:  tube colors or quality half-pans. Bargain basement pigments lead to dreadful results.
  • Brushes should be good quality.  Recommended are pointed rounds in numbers 5 / 7 / 10.  You may have flats/ wash/ riggers/ fan / etc. … fine…but, the three brushes recommended will get the job done.  
  • Stuff to always have with you:  drawing pencil (#2 works just fine), water bowl, paper towels, kneaded eraser, palette, photo resources (since we may not have the opportunity to do “plein-air”).  
  • Good paper is a “key”.  We will understand that the greatest reason a watercolor fails is “fear” of boo-boos.  We will learn ways that a “boo-boo” can be corrected (can do with good quality paper).  I do not care much for hot pressed paper (tendency to create skidding of brush). I prefer a cold pressed paper.


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