Watercolor Essentials Series

 

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A Complete, Ongoing Step-by-Step Watercolor Painting Course with Phyllis Gubins
This weekly series is an introduction to all of the basics for the serious beginner and a wonderful refresher course for the experienced watercolorist with each session covering a new element of this exciting and unpredictable medium. 

 

Watercolor Essentials Made Easy


A Complete, Ongoing Step-by-Step Watercolor Painting Course with Phyllis Gubins
This weekly series is an introduction to all of the basics for the serious beginner and a wonderful refresher course for the experienced watercolorist with each session covering a new element of this exciting, unpredictable and very magical medium.

The series will be a total of 5 3-hour workshops on Sunday afternoons.
   
No supplies needed for the first class. After that either bring your own supplies or rent them from us for $15 per session.  Supply list is on our website.
   
Series discount for all 5 sessions is $200 or 5 weeks including supplies $245

If purchased separately they are $49 each or $64 with supplies

Week #1: Sunday, July 30th 1-4pm

Watercolor Supplies, our Tools of the Trade  

Our introductory class will give you an in-depth understanding of all the various watercolor supplies. You’ll become familiar with all the different types of paints, papers, palettes, sponges, masks, additives and all of the other tools and materials watercolorists get to play with.  Lots of supplies will be available for hands-on exploration.  After this session you will have a full understanding of all the supplies you need (and those you really don’t need), what to do with them and how to set up your perfect palette for optimum painting results. Class printouts will include helpful suggested supply lists and hot tips on how to get everything at the best prices.

Week #2: Sunday, August 6th 1-4pm

Go Wild with Brushes

Now we are ready to paint away and play with so many different types of brushes.  We will use rounds, flats, fans, filberts, mops, daggers, liners and lots of other specialized brushes as you get to paint with each type.  You’ll learn the proper wrist and hand techniques to get the desired and proper brush stokes for many different styles of paintings.  Each brush has it’s own personality and you will learn how to become “friends” with each one as you experiment with them in this fun hands-on class.

Week # 3:  Sunday, August 13th 1-4pm

Rainbow of Magical Colors

Learn all about paints and how to select paint colors for your perfect personal artist palette.  You will understand the reason to choose warm and cool of each primary, how to choose colors for your painting that will look wonderful together, how to mix colors and the best brands to choose and why. We will begin by creating your own personalized color wheel that will be an invaluable tool that you will use over and over for years to come. As you become acquainted with your beautiful paints you will learn their hues, values, temperature and intensity as we cover the How’s and Why’s of color combinations that make successful paintings. Master this class and you have 60% of watercolor painting down. We will also explore Watercolor Sticks, Watercolor Markers, Watercolor Pencils, Watercolor Inks, Liquid Watercolors, Brusho Watercolor powders and Watercolor Filled Spray Bottles.



Week #4:  Sunday, August 20th 1-4pm

The Characteristics of your Paints & Mastering Water to Paint Ratios

Now we go into detail about the magical properties of the paint in your palette and practice color mixing using transparent, semi-transparent, opaque, staining, non-staining, granulating and sedimentary paints. . As you learn the differences in all of these, you will paint numerous personalized reference charts that will very helpful for all future painting projects.  We’ll also study the major manufacturer’s color charts. Next the big question of water will be covered, including how to control your water to paint ratios.   This is the fundamental lesson in why we love watercolors. 

Week # 5:  Sunday, August 27th 1-4pm

Painting Techniques

We will explore an amazing variety of techniques including more in-depth wet-on-wet methods, wet on dry, dry brush, lifting out, scratching in, softening edges, glazing, back-runs, blossoms, blending, color washes, negative painting, spattering, sponge painting, scraping back with credit cards, palette knives, brush ends, an exacto knife, sandpapers, and using a variety of unexpected items such as Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, rice, salt, masking tape, masking fluid, wax-paper, saran wrap & candles as resists and an atomizer..  You will discover how the watercolor that we love truly is magical but it is also controllable, when you just think it all through.