New watercolor class at Staunton Augusta Art Center

The Staunton Augusta Art Center announces a new six-week watercolor class for adults which begins Wednesday, April 25, 10am-Noon in the Smith Center (20 S. New Street).  Peg Sheridan, whose last class sold out, returns as the skilled, kind teacher.  Her students’ learning curves and paintings are amazing.

Painting from Observation: Half the battle in painting is training your eyes and brain to really SEE – colors, shapes, reflections, and more.  We will then learn how to draw what we see, and finally learn how to mix the colors we see and paint them effectively. We will meet outside for some classes to learn about painting en plein air.  The indoor classes will be spent looking at still lifes and natural objects to work from observation.  Part of the class will involve working in a sketchbook/journal.  

Dates: Wednesdays, April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.

Times: 10am-12 Noon

Cost:  $160 nonmembers, $144 members

Level: Participants should have some experience in watercolor

Location: R. R. Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street, Staunton

 

Materials List

Paper: Good 100% cotton watercolor paper (Arches, Winsor Newton, Aquarius, Gemini, etc) – at least 140 lb.  At least 4 half sheets, or full sheets if you’d like. Several small pieces of “scrap” watercolor paper (old paintings, etc) to test colors and practice on.

Brushes: An assortment of rounds and flats, including: a 1″ flat, a large round (8 to 12 or more), a 1 1/2 inch or 2 inch flat, and a liner (with long, thin bristles) if you have one. Also bring a Fritch Scrubber if you have one, or an old stubby bristle brush.

Palette: A covered palette is best, but if you don’t have one bring two large white plastic plates or something you can mix paint in for washes.

Paints: Whatever paints you have are probably fine, but be sure to bring a yellow, a red, a blue, and some colors you can use to mix up darks.  Also Payne’s Gray, Indigo, or a blue and a brown you can mix to make a grey.

A large water container, paper towels, a board if you have one, and something to raise up one end of the board (a block of wood, a table easel, etc.)

A pencil, a sketchbook or white paper, an apron if you want, problem watercolors if you would like me to help you with them.  Also references: drawings or photos of things that interest you, preferably with lights and darks and mid-values.

Note: If you are wondering about supplies, you are welcome to call Peg Sheridan (886-2177).  Peg also offers a “Beginner Kit” with paper, paint, brushes and paper for $40.  She does insist on good watercolor paper.


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