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April 10, 2021

Skin Tones Developed in Watercolor

BlackRock Center for the Arts • 12901 Town Commons Drive GermantownMD  20874 Organized by Germantown Cultural Arts Center d/b/a BlackRock Center for the Arts
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We're sorry, but this course is over. The last meeting was Saturday, April 10, 2021.

Skin Tones Developed Via Refined Color Theory & Transparent Washes, Watercolor experience beneficial.

Workshop will be held online through Zoom.

In this workshop students will be introduced to developing skin tones in watercolor via the use of refined color theory and transparent washes. Ms. Littleton will first introduce artists that are thought to be top portrait painters in watercolor, such as, Mario Robinson, Jian Wu, Mary Whyte, Stephan Zang, Stan Miller, etc. There will be a discussion about their work and wide use of color in their portraits. Color theory, including warm and cool colors, will be reviewed. Ms. Littleton will explain how the use of color can impact the emotional feeling and mood as well as the three dimensional appearance. She will then give a color demo which will include mixing a few highlight and shadow colors from a provided image. Students can work from that image or may bring their own. This workshop will be primarily focused on learning how to mix the colors in a portrait properly. Thus, no preliminary drawing is expected. However, students can have a preliminary line drawing of a portrait on watercolor paper ready in advance of this workshop if they so desire.

Ms. Littleton will be available during the studio time portion for questions and feedback on student progress. Ms. Littleton enjoys assisting students of all abilities. In addition, she desires to convey earnest tutelage within a pleasurable environment.

Required Supplies:

* HB graphite pencil, kneaded eraser.

* Paper- Strathmore watercolor paper , suggested, 18” x 24”, 140 lb. pad or similar quality, no smaller than 12” x 16” (prefer bigger).

* Masonite board, 2-3 bulldog clips, and masking or painters tape (students may bring a similar quality board).

* Brushes- round brushes, #10, #12 (if you have more rounds that is preferable). Recommended brush types, white sable, synthetic sable, Robert Simmons, Sapphire, Scepter Gold or similar quality. Recommended (not required), one container of The Masters brush cleaner B&J.

* One rectangular palette with numerous reservoirs for paint, San Francisco slant palette, one medium size container for water (never used for anything but watercolor painting).

* Watercolor paints- Lemon Yellow, Winsor Red, (professional grade) and Cobalt Blue. Secondary colors- Emerald Green, Mauve (Grumbacher ) or Dioxazine Violet (Cotman) and Cadmium Orange (Grumbacher or Winsor Newton Cotman tube paint).

Recommended Supplies:

* Apron, or dress appropriately.

Suggested Art Supply Stores:

* Plaza Arts, Michaels, A. C. Moore.

* On-line- Cheap Joes, Dick Blick (downtown store or online).

*** Students who have supplies from other classes may want to bring them if they are similar to ones stated above. However, pupils will need specific materials, such as, tube paint including above listed colors from those brands (not pans), reasonable quality brushes, and a large palette with several wells for mixing.

J.M. Littleton is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, BFA, MAT. She studied figurative sculpture for two and a half years under well-known sculptor, Tylden Streett, at MICA. It was during this time that she discovered her love for realism. J.M. has more than 26 years of teaching experience at the college level. She is an award-winning artist, international exhibitor, and signature Member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society. J.M. is frequently sought out for workshops, lectures, and as a judge for her expertise, realistic style, transparent washes, as well as knowledge and use of color theory. She is the founder of the Littleton School of Art, www.littletonart.com, in Towson, Maryland and has been recognized among as one of the “Best Painting and Drawing Teachers” by Expertise.com. J.M.’s work has been featured in the Baltimore Watercolor Society’s Mid-Atlantic Juried Exhibition, San Diego Watercolor Society International Juried Exhibition, American Watercolor Society’s International Juried Exhibition in New York, and the National Watercolor Society’s National Juried Show in Los Angeles. J.M. is a recipient of the “Excellence in Figure Award” from the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s International Juried Exhibition.


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J.M. Littleton


April 10, 2021

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM


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Ages 16-255 · Co-Ed


BlackRock Center for the Arts

12901 Town Commons Drive GermantownMD  20874

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