• Intermediate
  • Painting

This course offers the experienced painter the opportunity to further their studies in watercolour and explore more complex watercolour strategies using still-life, landscape and figure painting.


Tuition $475 | Materials fee $45 | Total $520

What you will learn

  • Colour Theory
  • Composition Theory
  • Using Masking Fluid
  • Glazing techniques
  • Manipulating wet into wet washes
  • manipulating drying times
  • Chine-collé papers and colour papers
  • Scoring and scraping
  • Emphasizing Form

Materials to Bring

PAINT – A Complete list of Colours  *(The colours bolded are the primary colours)

  • Titanium white (WN or holbein)
  • cadmium yellow pale (Winsor & Newton)
  • cadmium orange
  • cadmium Scarlet (WN)
  • Cadmium red deep
  • permanent rose in (W&N)
  • alizarin crimson
  • burnt sienna
  • yellow ochre
  • sepia
  • cadmium green pale (Holbein) (alternative: M.Graham Company’s Permanent Green Pale)
  • Winsor green blue shade (phthalo green)
  • Winsor violet
  • French ultramarine blue
  • Winsor Blue (red shade) / phthalo blue
  • cobalt blue
  • cerulean blue
  • cobalt turquoise light (WN)
  • paynes gray

 

Recommended tube paints

  • Winsor & Newton, Holbein, M. Graham Co., Stevensons – all in 5ml watercolours

 

*One can also choose to begin your watercolour study by  using just the primary colours: 

  • Cadmium yellow pale, 
  • Quinacridone red (permanent rose in WN) 
  • Winsor blue (red Shade) otherwise referred to as phthalo blue

 

Recommended watercolour sets (24) Pan

  • Yarka 24 pan set or Pelican 24 pan set

 

 

BRUSHES

  • #12 -24 round synthetic sable
  • # 6 round synthetic sable
  • 1" flat synthetic sable
  • #2 or larger rigger brush

(TRY A VARIETY OF SUBSTITUTES IN CHINESE WATERCOLOUR BRUSHES)

 

PAPER

140 pound smooth/medium/rough

 

PALETTES

Any plastic or metal palette with ridged reservoir's for mixing, and enough slots for all the colours listed above, with additional room for more colours. Alternatives to store bought palettes include old china or ceramic plates. Some can be found around the sinks in the classroom. Other alternatives include both plastic and styrofoam meat trays.

 

Recommended Palettes: Robert E. Wood Palette (24 wells, cheapest at Gwartmans), John Pike Palette (20 wells, has air tight lid - can be purchased at Curry's only)

 

Remember that if you have twenty or so colours, that you need a palette with that many pigment wells to facilitate the use of your colours.

 

 

BOARDS

Clean, unpainted or varnished 1/2" plywood. (There are some available in under the sink in the classroom.)

 

ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES

Sponges, tissue, or paper toweling, pencils (HB), gum erasers. 

 

Books To Study

For anyone truly interested in watercolour, these are the books!

 

A Wash in Color: Homer, Sargent, and the Great American Watercolour

By Sue Welsh Reed, and Carol Troyen

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in association with Bullfinch Press, Little Brown Company 1993

 

American Traditions in Watercolor

The Worcester Art Museum Collection

Abbeville Press Publishers New York 1987

 

Edward Hopper 

The Watercolors

Virginia M. Mecklenburg

National Museum of American Art

Smithsonian Institution

W.W. Norton & Company 

New York & London 1999

 

Charles Demuth

By Alvord L. Eiseman

Watson-Guptill Publications New York 1982

 

The Watercolors of John Singer Sargent

By Carl Little

University of California Press 1998

 

The Artist’s Handbook of  Materials and Techniques 5th Edition 

Ralph Mayer

Needless to say, all these books are out of print, but you can purchase them either online or through Acadia Art and Rare Books, 232 Queen Street East, Toronto 416.364.7638

 

Great Watercolours To Study

  • John Singer Sargent’s watercolour entitled “Muddy Alligators”
  • John Singer Sargent’s watercolour entitled “Corfu, Lights and shadows, 1909,
  • John Singer Sargent’s watercolour entitled “La Blancheria”, 1910
  • John Singer Sargent’s watercolour sketch entitled “Gourds”
  • Winslow Homer’s last painting entitled “The diamond Shoal”
  • John Singer Sargent’s watercolour entitled “Muddy Alligators”
  • Charles Demuth’s watercolour entitled “Apples and Green Glass”,
  • Winslow Homer’s watercolour entitled “The Adirondack Guide”

Best watercolour ever! J.M.W. Turner’s Eruption of Mount Vesuvius 

 

 
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