In this online course you will learn to paint watercolor landscapes as lead by your instructor via Zoom video conferencing. In the first three hour session you will follow along step by step to paint from a provided source photograph while learning multiple watercolor techniques with an emphasis on how light affects the subject. In the second session, your instructor will use the techniques learned in session one to paint a landscape from a new instructor provided reference photo. You may use this photo or work from one of your own. Your instructor will provide real time feedback and instruction as you work, as well as demonstrations of technique. You will need a steady internet connection and an enabled camera and microphone through your computer or web cam. You will also need to have your own supplies as listed.
Supply list provided by your instructor (Note: Supplies may take longer than usual to arrive. Also, there is a potential that this workshop may be postponed or cancelled if there is not adequate participation, purchase supplies at your own risk):
Any professional grade watercolor paint. Winsor Newton, American Journey, Daniel Smith, QOR, Sennelier, etc. My color palette is perpetually changing, so these colors are not a must. Try to have a warm and a cool of each primary, thalo green, raw sienna and white.
- QOR Transparent Pyrole Orange
- Raw Sienna
- Cobalt Blue
- Thalo Blue
- Alizarin Crimson
- Cad Yellow Med
- Lemon Yellow
- Thalo Green
- Titanium White
Brushes – #’s 4, 8, rounds; ½”, ¾”, 1”, 2” flat (can be an inexpensive hake brush); a few old bristle brushes for scrubbing. I use sable mop brushes. Contact me if you are interested in my brushes.
Paper– Arches, Fabriano or Kilimanjaro – 300# recommended, 140# acceptable but will buckle. Other brands are OK, stay away from student grade papers like Strathmore. I also like Arches Watercolor Board. 9×12 – 11×14 are good sizes.
Miscellaneous – Removable Masking Fluid, suitable container(s) for water, 12 x 16” backboard (Masonite or Gatorfoam works great) large enough to tape down your paper, removable masking tape or bulldog clamps, ceramic, metal or plastic art palette, small misting bottle, sea sponge (optional), pencil, eraser, rubber cement pickup (eraser will work for this purpose).
These supplies are suggested. Use what you have. If possible, fill in the gap if you are missing something
1) Paper is the #1 priority. Use good paper!
2) Next comes paints. Stay away from CHEAP student grade stuff. It will frustrate you. Winsor Newton Cotman and Grumbacher Academy are both excellent student grades. They are a bit cheaper than the professional paints.
3) Least important are brushes. Not to dismiss their importance, but you can get away with a lot if you have good paper and paint.
If you purchase from scratch all supplies will cost between $150 and $200.
Come prepared to have a great time! 🙂