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Watermedia Riverside Painting

Helen Shafer Garcia
6:30 - 9:30 & 9:00 - 4:30
Tuesday Eve & Wednesday Oct 19/20

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$ 225  

Imagine the concept of the ecology of a river created by your vision. This concept derived from my countless hours hiking, viewing the ecology signage on many trail heads. The grid design gives a direction for a narrative sign indicating wildlife that you might see on the trail. 
To start out, you’ll design and carve a stamp of a tree. Everyone will share their stamped image for the shoreline of the painting, creating a shared forest of trees and reflections. 
We’ll work on a 1/2 sheet hot pressed watercolor paper to create a dynamic painting.
You’ll learn how to draw and paint the fauna of a river using reference photos that I’ll provide. We’ll also work with gesso layers to bring back lighter values and beautiful transparencies on shapes. All of these methods will give you a greater understanding of watermedia approaches and the bonus of carving your own stamp!  

$15 kit fee paid to instuctor at beginning of class includes
hot pressed Watercolor paper, print blocks, printing inks, gesso 
I will provide brayers, carving tools, Plant and animal images, brushes and other tools to use while we work. 

Supply list to bring to class:
Brushes: at least 2 watercolor brushes. #14 or #12
medium round acrylic brush
Watercolors: pan or personal palette (a Prang set will work or tube watercolors in a palette) Pigments: Suggested professional grade paint palette. Do the best you can with purchases on new paints according to your budget. A Pan palette will also work. Avoid the round palettes- they are usually too opaque.
Watercolor brands: Prang (non washable), Winsor Newton.
Daniel Smith, M. Graham, Winsor Newton, Di Vinci, Holbein.
Lemon yellow
Cadmium Yellow light
Quinacridone Red
Quinacridone Rose or Permanent Rose Quinacridone Gold
Quinacridone Burnt Sienna or Burnt Sienna Sap Green
Phthalo Green
Ultramarine Blue or French Ultramarine Cobalt Blue
Phthalo Blue
Cobalt Turquoise light
Carbazole or Dioxazine Violet
Water container
#2b pencil
Paper towels


Click here for a printable page

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