Three Consecutive Friday Afternoons
September 15, 22, 29th from 11:00am to 2:00pm (free street parking at this time)
Instructor: Paul H. Brand
Skill level: Beginner
Note: For additional watercolor instruction beyond the basics, see our "Watercolor Special Topics" classes that run after this class, as well as the "Watercolor without Brushes", a two session class Friday November 10 and 17.
Sept. 15, First Session: Learning to Paint the Color You See
In this class, Paul will explain how almost any color can be mixed with a simple palette of three warm and three cool colors. Cool colors tend toward blue, warm colors toward red. Red, yellow and blue are called primary colors because they cannot be made by mixing other colors. Students will complete a color mixing exercise detailed below, as well as a color challenge exercise to learn how to identify and manipulate the aspects of color.
Exercise: make a chart showing pairs of warm and cool reds, yellows, and blues. Use pairs of primaries to make secondary colors: orange, green, and purple. Use three primaries to make tertiary colors: brown, grays, ochers.
Identify colors by:
Hue: the name of the color, e.g., red, blue, yellow.
Intensity: the brightness or intensity of the color.
Value: the lightness or darkness of the color
Color temperature: Cool or warm; cool colors tend toward blue, warm colors toward red.
Color challenge exercise: match the color samples provided in class. Match the color of objects provided in class.
Sept. 22, Second Session: Basic Watercolor Techniques
In this class, Paul will demonstrate and provide guided practice time for:
- Working with flat and round brushes
- Creating even and graded washes
- Practicing dry brush, wet in dry and wet in wet painting
- Letting colors mix on the paper
- Painting simple shapes
Students will sketch a simple subject and paint it using a 1" Flat brush. Bring a simple photo you'd like to replicate in watercolor or use a photo provided by the instructor.
Sept. 29, Third Session: Planning a Painting
- Choose a simple subject that you like. Photos will be provided or you may bring your own.
- Make a three-value pencil sketch showing the big shapes using white (blank paper), mid value (gray), and black.
- Transfer the sketch to watercolor paper using light pencil marks.
- Paint the big shapes in the background first, then the foreground.
- Paint the darks next.
- Last, paint small details.
Supplies to Bring or Buy:
(Note: if you already have any watercolor supplies, bring them with you and we'll see what you can use.)
8 x 10 inch sketch book – two hard covers spiral bound
Two full sheets, 22 x 30, of Arches cold press 140 lb watercolor paper
Snap brand watercolor brushes, one each one inch flat and number 10 round
2B drawing pencil and kneaded eraser
Watercolor palette about 11 x 14 size
Daniel Smith watercolors one tube each:
Hansa yellow light
Hansa yellow medium
Cadmium red medium hue
Phthalocyanine blue 140 (green shade)
Two plastic cups to hold water
A roll of paper towels
You can also call the store ahead of time and have any or all of these items collected and held for when you arrive for the class.
Please register as soon as you plan on attending. Classes that don't reach the minimum number of students required will be canceled 48 hours before the first day of class. Last minute registrations are accepted if class minimum is met and space allows.