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November 06, 2021

Washes With Watercolor - Flat, Gradated & Variegated

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, November 6, 2021.

Washes in watercolor are used in a large variety of ways. In this workshop we will focus on large open washes used predominantly for skys or backgrounds. We will view works from varioius artists that utilyze large washes that are either flat, gradated or varigated. We will observe and discuss works from the following artists; Jean Grastorf, June Webster, Christine Reichow, Catherine Anderson & Joe Santos. We will discuss how each artist creates and uses washes to fill, enhance and make their watercolors glow. We will then have a short break and transition to the studio portion of the workshop. Ms. Littleton will have wash studies established and will demonstrate how to create flat, gradated and varagated washes. Students will be able to view Ms. Littleton’s pallet while she mixes colors and creates washes to apply. In addition, students will be able to view Ms. Littleton while she executes the washes. Students are invited to paint along or they may simply enjoy watching and learning how to create the washes. Images will be provided to the students in advanced or they may provide their own. Ms. Littleton enjoys providing a fun atmosphere in which to learn while imparting serious techniques. Please join her for this entertaining and informative workshop.

Watercolor experience beneficial.

Workshop will be held online through Zoom.

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.

Please use the link below to fill out our BlackRock Student Info Form before you take this course with us. Thank you! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf0FhrvF7PsfNlLucKiwWYYlkx1MmmgcSFi4RlUXalbpAMoew/viewform


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J.M. Littleton


November 06, 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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