Saturday / April 20 / 10:30-4:30 (sorry - this date is sold out)
Saturday / June 1 / 10:30-4:30
Registration: Call in, come in, or register online. 425.697.2787
Location: Cole Art Studio, located on the lower level of Cole Gallery 107 5th Ave S, Edmonds WA 98020
Celebrate spring’s new planting season by growing your own watercolor creations! This class is for watercolor newbies as well as painters who want to play splashy and loose.
To get warmed up, we will see how varied brush strokes can do your work for you. Blind contour sharpie drawings with wet-into-wet washes on top will make way for painting directly without initial pencil drawings. We will use watercolor with fresh direct brushstrokes and ink embellishments to bring our spring flowers and produce to life. Experiment making beautiful watercolor washes that can be given form with ink, or left to shine unadorned. This is a good class to let yourself try new approaches and go with the flow!
You can purchase your quality art supplies at ARTspot! Registered students receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies from the time of paid registration until the last day of class. Most items on this list are available at ARTspot. Please let their staff advise you about appropriate art materials to fulfill requirements for your class.
Paper, either one of these two options:
· 2-4 sheets, 22x30 Arches 140 lb cold press. Susan advises that you can rip these into eighth or quarter sheets with a straight edge provided in class. Once you’re warmed up, you can paint on a half sheet - or full - whatever you are comfortable with. Susan likes to start with smaller 7 ½” x 11” for warming up before moving on to quarter sheets (11x15) and then half sheets (15x22).
· A pad or tablet of 9x12 Arches 140 lb cold press paper. Fabriano, Winsor Newton, or Saunders 140 cold press papers are fine too - make sure you get Artist grade - NOT student grade.
Assorted flat (1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inch wide)
Round watercolor brushes (sizes 4- 16)
One hake brush, 1 1/2 - 2 inch wide.
Optional: sumi brush if you have one - but not necessary.
Susan’s favorite 4-5 brushes below (just fyi, not required):
Silver Black Velvet 1” flat wash brush (# 3014S)
Silver Black Velvet #16 round (#3000S), both carried at ARTspot
A smaller round brush, about #4-8
Hake brush - 1 1/2 wide
Maybe a rigger or liner
Bamboo drawing pen - small size (should be under $10)
twigs or reeds
Inks, either one of these two options:
Black (non-gloss) small sumi ink bottle (water soluble)
Black small India ink bottle (permanent)
**** Note: You don’t want to use your good watercolor brushes in any of these inks
Paints: Bring your favorites - and include these:
One warm and One cool color of each primary, such as:
Cool Reds – One of these: Alizarin crimson, or Quinacridone or Permanent Rose
Warm Reds – One of these: Cadmium Red light or medium, or Quinacridone or Permanent Red light, or Vermillion or Pyrrol Scarlet
Cool Blues - Cobalt, or Winsor or Phthalo Blue (Green shade), or Manganese, or Prussian Blue
Warm Blues - Ultramarine
Cool Yellows - Lemon, or Cadmium Yellow light, or Aureolin
Warm Yellows - Cadmium yellow medium, or New Gamboge, or Indian Yellow
Phthalo (or Winsor) Green – yellow shade
Quinacridone Burnt Orange or Burnt Sienna
Orange - either Cadmium orange or Permanent Orange or Pyrrol Orange
Dioxazine or Winsor Purple (also called Carbazole Violet, if Dan Smith)
Watercolor palette, covered. The John Pike palette is good, or equivalent
Paper towels or rags
Water container (quart size—not small ones)
Egg carton (to give your board some slant) or a table top easel - whatever you are comfortable with
Subject matter: I will have LOTS of spring produce and flowers, but you can certainly bring your favorites. Some ideas are artichokes, asparagus, garlic, onions, fruit, flowers, sea shells, little rocks …. Use your imagination - our materials lend themselves to painting all kinds of subjects.