This class focuses on a free watercolor approach, similar to that of John S. Sargent's style. Students will be able to paint watercolors outdoors in exuberant locations of New York. Working from observation, students will focus on shapes rather than on isolated objects. Students will also capture light and shadow to create convincing sense of space and form. The goal is to transmit and exemplify what is seen on location to the paper, learning to simplify and avoid overworking, using the watercolor properties of causing accidents without losing control. There will be daily demonstrations, exercises, and one-on-one guidance to develop each student’s own style. Topics Include: Dealing with constantly changing light and shadows, values, dynamic compositions, additive and reductive methods, correcting mistakes, and transparent glazing. By the end of the fall, classes might be in a classroom due to the colder weather. All levels of experience are welcome!
As a medium that allows only a few corrections, the basis of watercolor must be understood. Students will learn the medium’s behavior on wet and dry paper and how to cause accidents without losing control, allowing the medium express itself and create images that feel alive. The goal is to win trust and obtain definitive results in this technique. There will be daily lectures, demonstrations, exercises, and one-on-one guidance to find each student’s own style. Working from the model, students will be guided through a series of exercises, beginning with a series of quick gestural studies and progressing to longer paintings. A variety of topics about the figure. Including how to create flesh tones & shadows, while reserving white from the paper. All levels of experience are welcome!