This class is intended for those who have some prior watercolor experience as well as for beginners. All are welcome!
The focus of this class is to provide participants with some additional or improved techniques for future watercolor paintings. It’s like having more tools in your toolbox and knowing when to use them to get a better end result.
It will begin with some basics on wet and dry washes and define terms that will be used in all the sessions, but mostly you will learn by doing – by applying the various techniques as you go through your paintings.
Several days before each Zoom session, a reference photo and a sketch of the suggested work will be emailed to class participants, and then discussed in class as well. Subjects may include, for example, a winter scene, a sunset, some structures like a barn, windows, a rural country scene, or whatever else may interest class participants. The emphasis will be on composition, the underlying drawing, and how correct shapes and tone are especially important, and how the unique behavior of the watercolor medium can work to your advantage in producing an attractive painting.
Joe Burger has been painting for over ten years. As might be expected of a retired mechanical engineer, his work is usually in the traditional realistic style, but more recently he has shifted a bit toward a looser impressionistic look. He has taught workshops on drawing and perspective, as well as watercolor classes. He has won many awards in local exhibits and is an active member of the Academic Artists Association and three other local art organizations.
List of Materials
- Kitchen sponge
- Spray bottle (Holbein 2 oz is good)
- Straight edge
- Arches 140 lb watercolor paper (cold pressed or rough) – you can use Arches blocks (11 x 14) or individual sheets. The sheets are 22 x 30. Cutting into quarter sheets gives 11 x 15.
- A board of some sort to tape paper to. I use either Masonite board or gatorboard or foam core board.
- Masking tape
- Pencil – like a 3B – not too hard.
- Kneaded Eraser
- Water containers – one for most of the work and another one to keep clean water handy.
- Paper towels
- Masking fluid (I like Pebeo Drawing Gum, but others are ok)
- Pallet – if you already are accustomed to a certain pallet, by all means use it. Here is the pallet I use most often just as a suggestion. (Many artists use far fewer pigments.) The more important colors are marked with an asterisk.
- Brushes – These are what I typically use. They are synthetics. Most are Escoda Versatil.
- Rounds (#20, #16, #12, #10)
- Flats, a couple sizes, 3/4” and 3/8”
- Liner or two for details
- Scrub brush