Ready, Paint, Go!
In this workshop you will learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting with exciting exercises and full step-by-step projects utilizing the latest techniques and hacks, plus ways to shake up and incorporate new ideas and life into your current masterpieces. It doesn’t matter what your skill level is, if you paint tight or loose, photo realistic or abstract, there is something for everyone and every style. Ward’s open and sharing personality is infectious and you’ll benefit not only from group talks and projects, but also demos, activities, and tons of one-on-one time with this energetic teacher. Ward believes that it’s important not only to share amazing skills and ideas with you, but it’s even more important to inspire! His mission is to make sure you learn and have fun in a safe creative environment. This watercolor, Brusho, and irridescent paint workshop will exceed your expectations. All you need to do is sign up, show up, and ready, paint, go!
Supplies: Below is a list of the artists favorite materials, but none of the colors or brushes are required. Just bring all of your favorite supplies. There will be supplies to purchase before and during the class should you discover new colors or products you like.
I like 140lb Arches Cold Press but I highly encourage experimentation with all papers including super texture 300 lb rough or even crazy fun Yupo. It’s really fun to try different surfaces to see what kind of results you can achive. For more consistent results stick with and learn all the characteristics of one particular kind of paper.
(If you dont have, I’ll provide plenty for you to try)
Iridescent Paints are amazing. There are several on the market and you can buy the “sparkle” and add to your existing paints.
Brusho or Crystal Paint
(If you dont have, I’ll provide plenty for you to try)
An assortment of set is usually a great bargain and most companies offer them. Be sure to get black and grey as they will serve you well. I like Brusho and have several Youtubes on what to buy and how to use it.
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
These are the brushes I use.
I love a small, medium and a large mop or round brushes for the bulk of my painting. It’s a good idea to have and a small fine detail brush (for detail) and a 1/16 flat brush (for cleaning up lines) because they are treasures. I also highly recommend a “lizard lick” brush (liners or riggers) for calligraphic work. add a couple of “scrubbers” (stiff bristle brushes that can lift even the toughest staining colors *use with care:) small and medium sizes and your good to go!
Can be very useful for special effects (youtube it) but can also add an unrealistic and clumsy lines. I do use it from time to time. There are many ways to apply masking fluid or liquid frisket, and more still being developed every day. I love the “Fine-line” applicator bottle because it has a resealable “non clogging” tip and you can get spiderweb fine lines and cover large areas with no fuss.
Softer lead (HB 4-7) lifts and disappears more easily, I recommend experimenting with different “grades” of lead to learn the pro’s and con’s of each.
I love the kneaded erasers but keep several kinds for different effects. Small round and cube erasers with sharp corners can do amazing things. Erasers are pretty inexpensive and I encourage you to have a collection at your ready. Always take care not to bruise or smudge your paper.
Sturdy Board or Painting Surface.
I use Gator board ( a stiff and treated non porous light foam board) to tape my paper onto. Any non flexible board that is easy to clean and move around should do the trick. Most paper sizes range from small to ’30×22″ so size your surface to fit the paintings. You can of course paint right on a table, just be careful of staining! I like to put something under my board it to tilt it up -like a rolled up towel or equivalent. A table to easel or similar is great also!
Tape. If you use tape to secure your paper masking or DIY tape works great. Some artists “pre soak” and stretch their paper and secure with staples. Find what works best for you.
Small and large kitchen sponges.
Spray bottles. I have a small and a large.
Plastic tubs or whatever you use for water, and paper towels (viva has no pattern to transfer to you paper).
Cloth kitchen towels or rags for cleaning and for soaking up excess moisture from your brushes. Don’t use your good towels, they will get funky!
That’s pretty much all you need! Enjoy!!
Age Limit: 14+
Timeframe. Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the beginning of class to get set up and purchase any supplies you may still need.
Food/Beverages. We have a kitchen with a refrigerator, freezer, and microwaves available. And there are vending machines with snacks and beverages. You’re also welcome to bring your own lunch and snacks! During day long classes, there will be a break for lunch, and there are a number of restaurants close that you can eat at as well.
Parking. Lower level lot would be most convenient, in between the Sprint building (where Art on the Columbia is) and Proof GastroPub. You get to the parking lot from behind, on Colorado St. We are located on the bottom floor in the corner past Defoe and Pickett law offices. Look for the Art on the Columbia sandwich board. If you have a disabled parking permit, there is a reserved spot directly by the front door.
Cancellation and Refunds. As a general rule, we do not offer refunds, but if you cannot make it to class, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss it.