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Classes up to 10 individuals.
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DRAWING and WATERCOLOUR PAINTING - For beginners
-What you need for drawing
Softish pencil, rubber, sharpener
A well-lit flat place where you can draw, could even be a lap tray.
-What you need for painting
Watercolour box/set OR watercolours plus an empty watercolour box with palette (ideally artist’s quality paints)
Brushes (sable or partially sable) (long hair) 1 thick, 1 medium size, 1 thin
Pieces of old kitchen towels OR thick kitchen paper
Big jam jar, small jam jar, both with water (one for cleaning brushes, the other for painting)
A well-lit flat place where you can paint (not an easel).
-Develop your seeing/observation skills. (Straight and curved lines, lengths, angles, positive and negative space, etc etc.).
-Do a drawing outline on paper, and if your desired finished result is a drawing, you can include all details and shading. If however you’re drawing in preparation for a painting, then don’t include any shading and only the necessary details. But the basics have to be right, if you want the finished work to look good.
-Next you do the drawing outline on the watercolour paper. Don’t press too hard, the outlines are ok to be seen, but not to be too dominant.
-Before you start painting, your seeing/observation skills with regard to colours and light/dark need to be fully established as well. (Colour hues, shades of light/dark, etc etc.).
-Practising the use of your brushes with regard to water, the colour pigments, and the watercolour paper, in order to be able to reach exactly the effect you wish to accomplish. Different brushes hold various amounts of water/paint, and you need full control over that. Not every type of paper reacts the same when it comes to water. Your mixing skills are also important, firstly how to mix a single colour with the right amount of water. This will determine the thickness and direction of lines and strokes as well as the depth of colour on the paper and thus the mood the painting will convey. Ideally you need to be able to blend from pure water on paper to various depths of colour within an area.
-Mixing of colours on your palette, in order to be able to get the precise colours you want. In your paintings you will ultimately want to have colours blend from one to the other (or more than two colours) within an area.
-How to correct strokes or even blotches, with special consideration to the quality of the paper.
-Before you start on a painting, you need to be able to plan an effective composition. Perspective, balance, and depth are important elements to master.
–Special paint effects.