This class is an introduction to watercolor basics. We will cover composition and how to layout your design and use a viewfinder. Students will experiment with various techniques for painting with watercolors and watercolor pencils; kinds of brushes, papers, paint characteristics and quality, brushwork, reserving highlights, washes, splattering, glazing, dry brushing, color and more.
The preparations unique to painting on location (plein air) will be discussed, such as portable supplies, comfort, changing light, temperatures, wind, bugs and curious on-lookers. The class will help students build confidence while painting in public places and outdoors.
Each week the class will meet in a different location.
Suggested text: The Encyclopedia of Watercolour Techniques by Hazel Harrison, 2017
NOTE: First class meets at the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens, 2601 Central NE. There is a $10 materials fee due to the instructor at the first class.