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Afternoon watercolor classes in
Sewickley, PA. 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Winter session begins soon.
A watercolor workshop at Roanoke, Va. June 25 thru Friday 28. Each day classes from 9:00 to 4:00 pm. A welcome dinner is planned the night of Monday 24. 2302 Brandon Ave. SW Roanoke, Va 24015. Contact Jane Frank. More info to come.
Due to Covid-19 a handful of my workshops have been postponed. The list below shows examples of previous.
I will be available for workshops.
Watercolor workshop September 19 - 22, 2016
At Ocala Hilton Convention Center
Ocala, Florida. Contact Kimshields4fws@gmail.com
352 637 4634
Supply List For
Please bring a support board, gator board or plywood, etc. to adhere your paper to using clamps or tape.
Tables are provided but I recommend working on a slanted surface, approx. 30 -45 degrees.
Colors; from tubes. The list below is not mandatory. Substitutions are OK in most cases, I mostly use
Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton.
Brushes; any watercolor variety including a 1 1/2" wash, a few 1/2" flats, rounds in various sizes.
I also use a 2" wash for larger shapes.
Paper is important; any brand that is 100% cotton rag. I use Arches or Kilimanjaro, 140 # cold press.
Watercolor blocks are good. Full sheets (22" x 30") can be cut into quarters. A sketch book, (any size),
Scrap paper for drawing. One painting per day? How fast are you?
Mixing palette; with large mixing areas. I use Robert E. Wood Palette. Other suggested palettes are
Tom Lynch, Skip Lawrence, John Pike, Frank Webb.
Also; 3B or softer pencils, paper towels or rags. Masking tape. Paper clamps (bulldog style).
1/2 quart or larger water containers. Reference material to draw from.
Optional; Plexiglas 8" by 10" and black grease pencil or china marker, for drawing and design lesson.
Any other; special tools you have picked up along the way. I see many are now using electronic devices or lap tops.
I usually pre draw for my demos (to save time) and you may do the same. Drawing skills are important but tracing or projecting is OK. Please keep your subjects simple. Students may choose from any subject, photos or sketches.
Demos will be given along with individual and group critiques. This is not an imitation workshop. Individual
personalities are encouraged. Lessons are designed to explore new color and compositional approaches that
will make ordinary subjects into exciting paintings.
I hope it's true when they say watercolor is the difficult medium. This keeps it exciting and not for everyone. Practicing starts with a stroke of the brush and a follow through, like the strum of a guitar or the shooting of a basket. My classes begin with the basics of brushes, paints, and paper and move into that all important design and composition. Watch
how your painting, abstract or otherwise, will come alive when the foundation is exciting.
I have been invited to teach a
watercolor workshop, "Watercolor
Naturally", the week of July 9-13.
The 2019 catalog is on line now.
See how wonderful Touchstone is. www.touchstonecrafts.org
Dragonwood is our studio
where we paint almost daily.
I have also been teaching watercolor classes with
enough comfortable work
stations for 4 people. Contact me or Sherrie if interested in joining or help organizing
a group. firstname.lastname@example.org