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Course Description

You will learn the fundamentals of painting in gouache an opaque watercolor. Discovering essential techniques and practicing painting in a variety of environments. You will learn about different surfaces such as mylar, toned papers, brushes, brands of gouache, and painters that use gouache and how to apply gouache at its traditional consistency of half and half and learn how to manipulate it too. From taking this course you will inform your hand eye coordination and your drawing and painting skills will improve also. All levels are welcome beginning to advance.

Course Outline

Week 1: Choose a flower painting to copy by artist Stanley Bielen.
For the first day we will focus on our line drawing (linear placement). Focusing on shape, proportion, scale, and placement.

Homework 1: Print out two copies of your Bielen Floral Paintings. One in color and one in black and white. You will make studies from them one will be a color study, the other will be a value study, Start with a simple linear placement focusing on color, temperature (warm and cool) value(light to dark).


Week 2: The painting portion of our copy.
Now that our linear placement is set and ready to paint. We will focus on color, temperature, value. Applying Gouache application at its half and half consistency (creamer) and a little thicker application also. And applying the paint to the paper planarly not linearly.

Homework 2: Start to think about your own floral still life set up. Set it up in Natural light or Artificial light.  Make 3 to 5 thumbnail sketches from your set up in your sketchbook. Amount of objects in your still life maxim is 3. After which setup in natural or artificial light and have chosen your composition derived from your thumb nail sketches. Next you will make an oil sketch of your floral still life.


Week 3: Set up your own floral or plant still life.
You will be working from life and focusing on the drawing such as: scale, placement, shape, proportion, and line only.

Homework 3: You will make two studies from your still life set up one in color and the other in black and white. .You will make studies from them one will be a color study, the other will be a value study, Start with a simple linear placement focusing on color, temperature (warm and cool) value (light to dark).


Week 4: The painting portion of your still life.
 Now that our linear placement is set and ready to paint. We will focus on color, temperature, value. Applying Gouache application at its half and half consistency (creamer) and a little thicker application also. Applying the paint to the paper planarly not linearly.

Notes

Gouache Painting Supply list:
A variety of Ingres toned paper. Blick or Artist and Craftsman has it.
A block of cold pressed or hot pressed watercolor paper: 11x14 or 11x17
Hohlbein or Windsor and Newton for brands of gouache.
Colors: Titanium white, ivory black, yellow ochre, raw sienna, burnt sienna,ultramarine blue, raw umber, burnt umber, and alizarin crimson.
Masking tape(Artist tape)
A plastic palette(rectangular) large you can find it at Blick or Artist and Craftsman.
Graphite(pencil)
Kneaded Eraser
Two cups for water
Paper towel or some kind of cloth to dry your brushes.
A variety of Watercolor brushes rounds and flats of different sizes. You may find this at Blick or Artist and Craftsman.

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