Level: Novice, Beginner, and Intermediate
With the exception of other mediums that lend themselves well to the direct painting approach, watercolor is best suited to a bit of pre-paint planning and design.
A basic understanding of drawing is essential to any painting program. In this class we will learn the constructive principles of drawing, and apply them to develop space and form in still-life, landscapes, and the portrait, specifically tailored for the art of painting.
Week 1: Tools and principles
- Understanding the range of pencils, erasures, and blenders.
- Hand positions and control of the pencil
- Using helpful guides and optical measuring for building simple and complex shapes
Project: Draw a collection of stand alone objects with a convincing mass
Week 2: Elements of Design
- 1 and 2 point perspective
- The importance of line, shape, space, value, and relative position
Project: Bringing our elements together to draw a stilllife
Week 3: Atmosphere
Topics: Detail effectiveness and illusion of distance
Project: Drawing for a simple landscape
Week 4: Anatomy for the Portrait
- Understanding the individual features
- Construction of features and measurements for the head
Project: Drawing a simple portrait
Note: this is a repeat of September's class, but students are welcome to repeat the class in order to further develop their skills.
Early Registration for Members opens August 1. General registration opens August 7.