This workshop will require a few different supplies than what I recommend for my other watercolor classes.
Designed to help watercolor artists understand both color theory and paint properties, we will explore the properties of watercolor pigments (transparent, opaque, staining, fugitive, granulating, on my!), we will look at different ways of mixing color (on the palette, on the paper, wet-into-wet, glazing), learn about color temperature, color value, low key, high key and experiment with the paints each of us has in our own palettes to better understand color combinations. We will focus on learning mixing with a limited palette initially, and we will learn some formulas that work well for specific subjects (skies, skin, etc.).
Each of the lessons of our workshop will introduce new ideas and exercises, new paints, techniques, and challenge you to think about color in new ways. You will get a creative workout, but in a relaxed, supportive setting, where experimentation and play are encouraged while techniques and observation are emphasized.
Recommended supplies are listed below. You can click on any item listed to go to a link on Amazon.com.
In addition to experimenting with the paints each of us already owns, I would like to explore a limited palette approach to understanding mixing colors. For this reason, I am suggesting 6 specific Daniel Smith paints, a cool yellow and a warm yellow, a cool red and a warm red, a cool blue and a warm blue as listed below:
Please feel free to bring whatever other watercolor paints you have in addition to the mandatory six paints suggested above but do not fill your palette with your paints yet. Bring an empty palette and your tubes of paints to the first day of class.
This is the biggest sketchbook I have and it is a thing of wonder. It is perfect for a color journal you can experiment in for months or years to come.
For painting swatches I recommend a synthetic 3/4 inch flat brush. I like the Winsor & Newton Series 995 Aquarelle Golden Nylon Short Handle Brush - Flat Wash 3/4 inch
You will also need a palette or white ceramic plates for mixing. For the purpose of focusing on color mixing and the color wheel, I recommend this circular palette but you can use any palette you already have if you prefer.
Bring your watercolor brushes. If you don't have any, buy a watercolor flat brush and a watercolor round brush. There are many options available. The cheapest ones will disappoint you (they will shed hair, carry very little pigment, wear out quickly) but no need for expensive brushes either as we will just be mixing and painting swatches. A price range for decent brushes is between $10 and $20 each.
An extra fine Sharpie
A thick Sharpie
Water Containers (like empty yogurt containers)
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