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Watercolor Workshop Reminder

By July 31, 2017No Comments

Want to learn how to take your
watercolors to the next level?

Don’t miss out on Ardella’s watercolor workshop series…
– It’s just a week away! –

920 Bridal Veil

Ardella Swanberg: Advancing in Watercolor
August 7, 14, 21, 28 and September 11, 18, 25 and October 9, 2017
1PM to 4PM
$180 for 8 weeks.  Enrollment deadline by July 31, 2017
After learning the basics of painting, you need to learn more about how to make an outstanding composition.  This class leads you beyond copying photos and paintings into your own vision with unusual color schemes, design, and abstraction in easy to understand steps. Use your own photographs and drawings for originality.  The classes will cover planning a painting, elements and principles of art, color theory, lively whites, designing with collage, value patterns, and how to save a painting. These principles will help to have your paintings accepted into competitions.
To register, contact Ardella by email:
or phone: 805-234-1754

Lesson 1: Materials and planning a painting
Assignment:  In class plan a painting using these steps. Bring it to the next class for critique. Also bring your own photo of a landscape.

Lesson 2: The Elements and Principles of Art.
Assignment:  You will use negative painting to enhance a painting.  Bring that painting and your own photo of any subject to the next class.

Lesson 3: Apply color theory.
Assignment: design a painting that uses a color scheme that you would never have tried before.  Bring the painting to the next class.

Lesson 4: Lively whites in a still life.
Assignment:  Plan and paint a painting of a white still life in class. Finish and bring it for critique the next week.  Also bring your own photo and some textures that you find in magazines, origami, or textiles.

Lesson 5:  Using collage to work out design concepts.
Assignment: Make your own painting using your collage as inspiration. Bring your own photo of shadows of plants or trees to the next class.

Lesson 6: Finding interesting value patterns
Assignment: Use one of your value sketches to make a painting. Look at paintings by Cezanne.

Lesson 7: Abstraction
Assignment: Make a painting in the style of Cezanne.  Bring a painting to the next class that you think is so bad that you want to throw it away.

Lesson 8: Saving a poor painting. Assignment: Fix a bad painting.