Full day of instruction and painting.
In the hotel’s Victorian-era Grand Dining Room, we’ll enjoy a buffet with an assortment of seasonal fresh fruits, yogurt, scrambled eggs, hot and cold cereals, breakfast meats, breakfast potatoes, grits, homemade pastries, toast, bagels, and muffins, and a daily special breakfast entrée, plus coffee, tea, milk, juices, and water.
Our instructor begins Exploring Watercolor with a discussion of watercolor paper, 3 different brushes that will be used, the limited choice of pigments the instructor has placed on the palettes and choices of palettes that are available. Handouts describe the color wheel and show the group how they are going to create a color wheel from colors on the palette. This process leads to discussion of color schemes like monochromatic, color triads, analogous and complimentary. Group will create some small paintings that explore these color schemes. Group will experiment with different brushes and watercolor papers. These explorations will acquaint the students with vocabulary that will be utilized throughout the entire week. Questions are encouraged and these topics will be reviewed throughout the week. Instructor continues to monitor what each student is working on and answers questions.
In a banquet room at the hotel, we’ll enjoy a selection of salad, sandwich or soup, plus coffee, tea, and water.
Instructor discusses ways of maintaining white areas. Students do an exercise to understand value and complete a value study. Instructor discusses ways to achieve the darkest values of a color and students do a second exercise exploring making shapes into three dimensional forms. After these two short lessons the instructor shows the students a series of paintings with step-by-step breakdown for the process of creating a finished watercolor. Regardless of subject matter, these basic watercolor painting techniques remain constant. Instructor discusses format of a painting, a decision that must be made with every new painting. Students make a light drawing, determine white areas, apply light values, begin mixing intermediate washes, textures, add darker “glazes”, add the darkest darks and finishing details. The instructor encourages questions and answers so that everyone will benefit. “Tricks of the trade”, like sea sponges, corks on toothpicks, “artistic” tissue techniques are shared to enhance the watercolors.
Dinner in the Grand Dining Room. It is encouraged that gentlemen have on a collared shirt and no shorts, hats, or cutoffs. Women feel most comfortable in resort wear-dresses or slacks.
After dinner the students are given time to complete unfinished artwork, begin new pieces, and get one on one attention from the instructor.