WATERCOLOR 2: INTERMEDIATE A

"Creativity is contagious. Pass it on." -Albert Einstein

Takes students beyond basic proficiency in techniques, materials, and craftsmanship. Heavy focus on structuring, composing, and editing down visual information from photographs, student sketches, and live scenes. Also begins preparing students to start developing their own painting style.

Student must have basic skills in drawing and watercolor.  Student applicants who have not taken Watercolor 1 can request a pre-requisite assessment.

Dates, Times, and Locations

Duration: 12 weeks. Twelve, 2 1/2-hour class sessions (No class Thanksgiving week)
Maximum students per class: 6 to 8. (Depends on location of classes)
Ages: 12-year-old through adult
Pre-requisites: Watercolor 1, or evidence of basic proficiency in drawing and watercolor
Course cost: $390+materials
Materials: Click for “MATERIALS LIST FOR WATERCOLOR 2

Wednesdays, 1:00-3:30P, Sept. 11-Dec. 4
Brekke Art Classroom
1655 Booth Road, Roseville, CA 95747
Maximum of 6 students
Watercolor 2 needs at least 5 students registered. Call for status.

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to develop intermediate-level watercolor painters who have an advanced understanding of the paints, brushes, papers, palette choice, application techniques, and a basic sense of composition and editing of visual information.

What To Expect As A Result Of Taking This Course

  • To understand and effectively use materials and techniques common in watercolor
  • To properly see and skeptically analyze what you think you are seeing
  • To effectively represent tonal values to convincingly depict atmospheric perspective
  • Homework and practice exercises will be assigned each week (3+ hours weekly)
  • To learn intermediate concepts in composition and organizing the elements of a painting
  • To advance your skills in editing down and cropping out unnecessary visual information
  • To properly place distant figures (people/animals) in a scene that benefit the composition
  • Develop more skill in handling wet-n-wet techniques
  • To exhibit an advanced understanding of color theory
  • To be able to select colors for a painting through palette harmony
  • To draft convincing watercolor paintings (scenes) in aerial and linear perspective:
    • Learn to manipulate tone to depict visual separation and object volume
    • Use tone, line, texture, contrast, and composition to direct eye-flow in drawings
    • Learn skills to control the center of interest
  • To depict all weather conditions (skies) found in nature
  • To effectively depict all bodies of water and their reflections (lakes, streams, puddles, ocean, and waterfalls)
  • To learn to personally source material; live, on-line, and from photographs