Watercolor Art & Classes
What is a Watercolour?
Watercolour paint is made by mixing pigments with a binder, usually gum arabic, and then applying it with water to a support such as vellum (fine animal skin) or paper. The water evaporates and the binder fixes the pigment to the support.
It can be difficult to relate such minutely painted and highly coloured images on vellum, to the larger, lightly washed ‘tinted drawings’ on paper of the 18th century. The difference can be explained by the amount of gum used to bind the pigment and the amount of water used to spread the paint mixture onto the support.
Both factors affect the appearance of the finished work. For example, the first portrait miniaturists used a lot of pure pigment bound with only a little gum and applied with little water
The finished effect is dense, colorful and bright. While in the 17th century, miniaturists toned down pigments by adding white, and creating more natural, opaque tones.
Advantages of watercolor painting
Watercolor is very different to acrylic, oil and gouache. Each of these different paint mediums require different techniques.
With watercolors, the colored pigments remain suspended in the water, until the water evaporates and dries. Water dries quickly, which often means the artist needs to make quick decisions! As a result some people find watercolors challenging.
But watercolor is not necessarily any more difficult than other mediums like oil or acrylic. The oil painter didn’t get it right the first time he started painting, and underneath the final painting are several corrected mistakes. The only difference with watercolors is you’ll probably have to reach for another sheet of paper!
In my opinion, the fluid and transparent qualities, and sometimes unexpected results, are what make watercolors a joy to use. Here are some of the advantages to consider:
- It’s a water-based medium – Err… This seems obvious, but this makes watercolors much less messy than oils or acrylics
- Watercolors do not have a strong smell.
- They dry quickly – Yes this is an advantage, since you can move on quickly to the next steps in your project. A lot of artists (myself included) sometimes use a hairdryer to make the drying process even quicker!
- They are easy to work with – watercolors are pleasant, easy to mix and apply, and one of the simplest mediums for any artist.
- Portability – watercolors are light and easy to transport. Fantastic for sketching “en plein air”
- Your paint brushes can be easily cleaned with soap and water
- Not much waste. If you have paint left over in you palette, it will dry up. But you can easily recover the paint next time by adding water.
No prior knowledge is required for this course
The Fine Arts course is designed for beginners (6 weeks)
and intermediate artists (12 weeks) wishing to explore and improve
watercolor and painting techniques.
Popular subjects are explored including flowers, boats and landscape
The whole course includes
1. The basic watercolor techniques, dry strokes, salt technique mixing and blending, splattering, Sponge painting, color lifting and much more.
2. Wet-on-dry and dry brush and Wet-into-wet methods.
3. Learn to Watercolor Paint with different Brushes
4. Learn to Watercolor Paint on Different Papers like Hot-pressed paper, Cold-pressed paper and rough paper.
5. Basic shading with simple and complimentary colors.
6. Perspective drawing ,shading and sketching.
7. Generating Focal Point and learning the composition of painting.
watercolor paints, acrylics, water container, brushes,pencils, sheets