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Watercolor 4 weeks with Anita Loomis
This series of four classes will serve as an introduction to painting with watercolor. Together we will explore materials, techniques and practices of the medium.
These classes are appropriate for beginner or intermediate watercolor painters. There will be exercises and discussion followed by practice and project time for each 3 hour class. This will be a fun and informal class…experimenting is encouraged.
Anita Loomis is an accomplished watercolor and oil painter from Webster, Massachusetts. Her paintings have exhibited widely, and she is a core artist of Boston's Fountain Street Gallery. Known more for her abstract compositions, she is also a capable painter of more traditional subject matter. You are invited to see examples of her work on her website at www.anitaloomis.com.
There is no specific reading assigned for these classes. Reading of art books and periodicals is always encouraged. Some excellent publications to consider are: Art New England, Artscope Magazine, and Watercolor Artist. Books on your favorite artists provide inspiration as well.
Each student is asked to provide the following materials. Used brushes are perfectly fine if they are in serviceable condition. Partially used tubes of paint are also fine as long as they have not hardened. As paint and brushes can be costly, I will try to provide what I can as backup. I find the best prices and quality supplies at Jerry’s Artarama online or in their West Hartford store (separate affiliation). Dick Blick is good also. Watch for coupons and free shipping deals.
Brushes: Princeton brand golden or white taklon brush sets are a good value. If possible, please try to have a 1”wash brush, large and small rounds (#1, #6), flat ½”, and one angled shader brush. I’ve found these most useful. You can be flexible. Synthetic bristles are fine.
Paint: Watercolor comes in two general types; tube and pan. Either type is fine to use. Choice is a matter of your preference. I will provide some tube paint. Please have the following recommended colors to work with (you can have more if you wish). For some class work we will use black ink which I will provide.
o A basic selection of 6-12 colors will serve you well. Windsor Newton’s Cotman line is a good value. For basic color mixing, you may want to be sure to have colors Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue & Cadmium Yellow. It is good to have a green, a brown, and either cadmium or vermillion red. If you will be painting skies, consider Cerulean blue and Payne’s grey. Some sets come with a palette.
Watercolor Paper: There are a wide variety of papers available, and we will explore some types together. For your class exercises, you will need one pad, or 12 to 15 sheets of 140 lb. acid-free watercolor paper, measuring 9”x12” (larger if you like). Hot press papers are smooth; cold press papers are more textured.
Palette: For watercolor you need a palette with separate wells and at least one mixing area. Your palette will travel, and you will likely leave small amounts of paint on your palette for reuse, so you may want a palette that is small enough to slip into a gallon ziplock for dry travel.
Other: 1 Plastic Bucket for water (empty quart or ½ gallon); a few paper towels, 1 soft pencil, 1 white eraser.
Clothing: You may want to wear paint clothes or have a smock to put on….even watercolor can get messy. Loose or bell sleeves can be ruined while you work.
Optional: We can discuss this at the first class when I demonstrate. Some types of watercolor paper bubble up more than others when wet. For this reason, it is recommended that we tape down our work, which keeps the paper flatter, and keeps the outside border clean. However, some people choose to work with their paper loose. If you choose to mount on board, you will need 1” masking tape (to hold down paper), and one Masonite board roughly 18x24” to mount your paper to.
The class descriptions below provide a loose guide for the topics we will cover. As we will likely have different painting experience levels, discussion material will be adjusted in response to student needs and interests, and the order of topics below may shift as deemed necessary.
$120 (see material list)
Dates: Saturdays, 1/12-2/2