New Online Classes Start Soon!
Starting February 14th, I will be teaching Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner at Artist's Network University. This is a 4-week painting course that is taught entirely online, so students anywhere in the world can now sign up to study with me!
Course includes downloads of course textbook and video!
COURSE BEGINS: February 14, 2012
COURSE LENGTH: 4 weeks
COURSE MATERIALS (included with tuition):
- Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner, by Mark and Mary Willenbrink (PDF eBook)
- Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner with Mark Willenbrink (video download)
INSTRUCTOR: Annie Strack (Bio)
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
- Using essential watercolor materials with confidence
- Executing basic watercolor techniques including a variety of washes, working wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry, and positive and negative painting
- Suggesting depth and light with color and value
- Completing a watercolor painting from beginning sketch to finished piece
- Students who have completed Drawing for the Absolute Beginner, Level 1 or Drawing for Beginners, Level 2
- Aspiring artists new to watercolor painting
- Experienced artists who want to learn proven techniques
- Watercolorists who want to freshen up their skills
Burnt Sienna or Sepia
Surface140–lb (300gsm) cold-press watercolor
140-lb (300 gsm) hot-press watercolor paper
3-inch (76mm) hake
No. 2 round
No. 6 round
No. 10 round
Mounting board (Masonite, plywood or watercolor board)
Palette or plastic plates
Lesson 1: Essential Watercolor Techniques
- Basic watercolor materials
- Mixing paint and handling brushes
- Working wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry and drywashes
Complete the following exercises to practice key watercolor techniques. You may use the pigments recommended in your textbook or you may select your own pigments:
- Applying a Flat Wash, page 49.
- Applying a Gradated Wash, page 50
- Applying a Variegated Wash, page 51
- Adding Salt, page 57
- Lifting Paint, page 58
- Structural drawing techniques
- Understanding value and color
- Using color intensity to suggest atmospheric perspective
- Composition basics
Complete the following exercises to improve your understanding of how color and value work.
- Making a Value Scale, page 27
- Once you’ve made a value scale, practice creating value changes and suggesting shadow and light by painting the shapes on the bottom of page 26.
- Create your own color while, following the exercise, Making a Color Wheel, on page 33.
- Practice suggesting atmospheric perspective by re-creating the three groupings of trees you see on page 29.
- Suggesting texture
- Understanding positive and negative space
- Color temperature
Practice working with positive and negative shapes by completing the following demonstrations:
- Positive Painting, pages 80–83
- Negative Painting, pages 84–89
- Composition planning
- Mixing and layering paint
- Light effects
Complete the Structural Drawing demonstration, pages 68–71, then use that sketch as a basis for completing the Painting with Three Colors demonstration on pages 76–79.