I will be teaching more theory than the average art class, simply because I want to give you a successful experience of drawing and watercolour painting.
The first class is devoted to drawing techniques,contour line drawing, which stimulates observation skills. This is done by examining still life and interpreting a 3 dimensional object in a 2 dimensional drawing, a very good basic skill. You will be encouraged to practice at home, as it is in practice that you will become a good observer and increase your hand-eye coordination.
The second and third lessons will introduce you to matters of creating volume and describing form by shading. I will guide you through demonstration and work with you individually to help you understand this process.
The fourth class is an introduction to the materials required for watercolour painting. I will show the materials so that you can purchase what you will need. This will consist of 3 part sable brushes, 6 very specific pigments, and good watercolour paper. I dont believe in students using unsatisfactory equipment because it only results in frustration . I will give demonstrations and exercises which will give you a grasp of the medium.
Classes 5 & 6 will include working with Wet-in wet washes, understanding your brushes and their uses. Understanding warm and cool colours and the uses of both Glazes and the importance of transparent and opaque pigments and adding pigment by working on a still life, these techniques are fundamental.
Further classes will allow you to develop more advanced skills. Advanced Classes: These classes are designed for those who have completed the beginners class. I will give further instruction on drawing and watercolour, and introduce acrylic painting.
Attention will be given to developing good composition strategies as we work with still life, landscapes,and portraiture. Students will be encouraged to explore their own areas of special interest. There will be demonstrations in the various mediums.