If you have always thought it would be wonderful to paint, but you have never tried or never had success, this is the opportunity for you to learn. This active, hands-on course ofa
fers highly individualized instruction. Every step and technique will be demonstrated as we work together toward completing a wide variety of beautiful greeting cards. Each card will be a small painting utilizing different specialized techniques so that you will gain broad experience. The diverse subjects include a realistic landscape, crisp exotic flowers, cartoon birds, soft watery bouquets, butterflies, colorful hummingbirds and more. After creating your original cards, you could have a series printed at a place like Office Max. You can relax and have fun, but the painting process will be a genuine, professional experience. Hands-On Activity (e.g., Computer, Art)
Students can buy these materials or they can be rented from the instructor for $35 (recommended for new watercolorists)
- A water color palette with lid and have paints squeezed onto the palette. (Do this before you arrive if you know how.) (A good one is Cheap Joe's Original Watercolor Palette with 17 wells (~$12) or 30 wells (~$20)
- An assortment of brushes; (Rounds - #2, #6, & #8) and (squares - 1/8", 1/4", 1/2", & 1") and a a long, thin rigger (or "script") brush. Loew Cornell or Miller's Golden Fleece brushes (from Cheap Joe's) are good. Natural hair brushes are not necessary and are cheaper.
- A scrubber (a stiff brush to lift paint), masking fluid, a mask lifter (a tough rubbery square), and an (optional) camera.
- An ordinary sponge, a bit of natural sponge, masking tape, and plenty of paper towels.
- An artists' kneaded eraser (looks like soft, gray putty)
- A mechanical pencil, a pen.
- A water container, a little spray bottle for water
- Graphite paper for transferring a drawing (artist's transfer paper)
- Watercolor paper (Arches) at least 140 lbs. and at least 12” by 16” in size, grain fin (preferred) or rough. It must be cold press; not “hot press.” Your paper must be either attached to a watercolor block of paper or taped to a backboard so you have a flat surface. Prepare your paper before you come if you know how. Buy a block of Arches 140 lb. professional paper (expensive but reliable and forgiving) or buy large sheets and cut to size. Lesser quality paper will not be successful.
- PAINT COLORS: The colors suggested will serve for all paintings. Do not buy specialty colors for particular classes. Purchase professional grade paint e.g. Winsor Newton, or (Jerry's) Lucas 1862 or (Cheap Joe's) American Journey. (Do not buy student grade paints, e.g. Cotman, Grumbacher, or Reeves - the color is transient, more muddy, and mixes differently.) Paints are expensive, but last a long time. MUST HAVE: · Yellow (Winsor yellow, aureolin, or cadmium yellow) & Yellow ocher · Olive green (best is Holbein or Lucas 1862) · Cobalt blue · Ultramarine blue · Burnt umber · Payne's gray · Alizarin crimson · Windsor red (or a “hot” red like cadmium red) · Quinacridone gold or burnt sienna Schmincke brand translucent orange (great!) or cadmium orangeNICE TO HAVE IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE: Brown Madder, cerulean (blue), Winsor violet, shadow green (by Holbein), cobalt turquoise, Winsor blue, Chinese white.Cheap Joe's (1-800-227-2788) at www.cheapjoes.com or Jerry's Artarama (919-876-6610) in Raleigh are some of the best, cheapest, reliable, and comprehensive art suppliers in the country. You can request a catalogue and they ship fast.