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AAPSCommunity Education and Recreation 1515 S. 7th St Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Ages 13-Adult. BEGINNING This an online course set up that you can do anytime, anywhere with a mobile device or computer. You receive a different online video each week that shows you techniques that can be used to open up your mind to watercolor painting. An image or picture will be sent to you to help you in the process, but you can always use one of your choosing. Working with watercolors allows you to express your artistic sensibilities. Learn how watercolor paints work with the water and how to use them effectively; learn and understand the principle of a color wash and how to layer washes of the same color so they can create shape and shading. A variety of watercolor techniques will be demonstrated in the videos to help you create the illusion of 3D such as texture and contrast and to make it quicker and easier. Once a week we will meet virtually through Zoom where you can ask questions, get to know each other, and show your work. Please see online and receipt notes for supply list. Instructor: Nancy Lybrink. 6 classes.
Please note, this is a virtual/online class that can be accessed from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. To fully participate, you will need access to the Internet during the class time, and a built in camera/microphone on your device or a webcam so that you can communicate with the instructor in real time.
This class now runs 10/8-11/12.
Watercolor SuppliesYou needn’t buy the most expensive art supplies, but it is always better that you buy good quality supplies. Inferior quality supplies are a recipe for frustration and having marginal results. Places to get supplies: Michaels, dickblick.com, utrechtart.com, jerrysartarama,com, cheapjoes.com, or amazon are all good places to purchase online.
Paints: Paints are manufactured in either pre-formed cake pan sets or in tubes.
Winsor-Newton, Cotman, DaVinci, Holbein, Daniel Smith, Schminke, Grumbacher are some names of reputable manufacturers of quality pigments, so choose those that give you the best deal.
I recommend the following colors, one from each color group (e.g. one type of yellow) is fine:
(YELLOWS) Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Aureolin Yellow
(REDS) Rose Madder Genuine, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson
(BLUES) Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue
(EARTH TONES) Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Warm Sepia
(GREENS) Pthalo Green, Sap Green, Hooker Green
(DARKS) Payne’s Gray
GOUACHE WHITE, NO BLACK
Brushes: A good "round" watercolor brush is a beautiful tool. It should hold a lot of water, have lively "snap" (resilience), and come to a fine point. Kolinsky Sable brushes are best, but are generally expensive. Sable/Synthetics and Synthetics can be a good and less expensive alternative. Round brush “workhorses” for desktop size paper will be brush sizes #10, #12. Medium size brushes are #6, #8. Smaller size brushes, #0, #1, #2, #4 can be useful for detail work. Good flat brushes (1 inch, 3/4 inch, 1/2 inch) are useful for obtaining clean edges and strong stroke work. Also a flat brush between 1-2 inches is good for washes. If you take care of your brushes, they'll take care of you and can last a lifetime. You don't need a lot of brushes, just a few good brushes in the sizes that correspond to the size paper you are working with.
Paper: Pads, Blocks, and Single Sheets are all acceptable provided it is good quality Watercolor Paper. It should be no less than 140 lb.