Foundation Watercolor Workshop
Saturday, July 18th, 2020, 9:30am-12:30pm
Workshop fee includes all supplies, instruction, and refreshments
Limited to 12 participants
This workshop is recommended for beginners and those with some experience alike. Open to all skill levels, and to both those that identify as artists and those who do not. However, I do not recommend this workshop for children. (If you are below age 16 or are a parent interested in attending with your child under the age of 16, please drop me a line to discuss.)
This workshop will provide a broad yet thorough foundation for those interested in the process of watercolor painting. I am including all of the information I wish I would have learned as a beginner. I took private watercolor lessons starting at a young age, but it wasn't until years later, after finishing fine art school, and after beginning to chase my dreams out in the West that I returned to watercolors and fell passionately in love them. This workshop is all about sharing that love potion with you.
During this workshop, you can expect to learn about:
- Brief history of the watercolor medium
- Getting to know your supplies
- Basic brush handling (including water brushes), color mixing, composition, and watercolor technique
- How to pick a subject & steps to turn your subject into a painting
- Creative confidence
- Power of the sketchbook & establishing a painting practice
This workshop will answer the following questions:
Do I need talent to become a skilled watercolor artist?
How is watercolor different from Oils, Acrylics, Gouache, Tempera, Encaustics, etc.?
How important is it to spend a lot of money on supplies, and why are the really nice ones so expensive?
What is the real difference between student and artist grade paints, and which are best for beginners?
How long will I have to practice before I can expect to create work I am proud of?
Do I need to start my paintings with a drawing?
What you can expect to come away with (in addition to your supplies):
This workshop is designed to set you up with the basic supplies of watercolor painting and an understanding of how to use them with confidence and joy. You will be able to leave at the end of the session with the knowledge and direction to begin your own sketchbook or studio painting practice, and to tackle the subjects that excite you most.
This workshops will be limited to 12 people so that I can spend time addressing any and all questions and allow one-on-one attention for each participant. Each workshop will also be three hours long with one fifteen minute break in the middle. Both workshops (the Foundation Workshop and the Next Level Workshop) are stand-alone and need not be taken together, but are designed to dovetail nicely for those that elect to attend both and are looking for a weekend of total immersion in watercolors.
I believe in a relaxed, open, and positive learning environment. Questions and discussion will be welcomed and encouraged. Upon arrival, participants will be greeted with hot tea and tasty snacks before finding a place at the table, which will be festively arranged with fresh flowers. Each place setting will be personalized and include an informational packet with a collection of watercolor painting supplies for you to use during the workshop and take home with you.
Please Note: Workshop enrollment is non-refundable. Please double-check your calendar before making your reservation (so that you don't inadvertently prevent someone else from being able to attend). I appreciate your understanding!