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July 10, 2021

Still Life 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, July 10, 2021.

Watercolor experience beneficial.

Workshop will be held online through Zoom.

There are numerous, fabulous examples of contemporary still life in watercolor. As hard as it was to narrow the selection of art work, we will first view five artists who focus on still life. We will view and discuss work from the following artists; Chris Krupinski, Denny Bond, Lauren McCracken, Lynn Pratt and Lana Privitera. They all utilize different approaches to this subject matter in unique ways. We will discuss the composition & design techniques that make these pieces more dynamic. We will then transition into the studio portion of the workshop where Ms. Littleton will have a demonstration study established. She will then show how to mix the colors and apply the washes to the paper. Students will be able to view Ms. Littleton’s pallet and study of the example painting while working. Students can paint along or watch the demonstration. Images will be provided to the students of the still life selections or they may provide their own. Ms. Littleton enjoys delivering serious training in a fun atmosphere. Join her for this informative and entertaining workshop.

The following supply list has suggested supplies. Since this is a one day Workshop, the instructor understands if you use supplies you currently own.

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


July 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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