W4. Pam Wenger: “Watercolor Portrait Sketching” –Class size will be limited so that students may receive individual attention. Students should be comfortable with painting in watercolor, but do not need to have experience with portrait painting.
Take your portrait work to a new level!!
Learn how to paint portraits in watercolor in a spontaneous style that involves minimal layering and the use of transparent colors to create luminous paintings.
This workshop will be a combination of demo and hands-on portrait work. You will primarily work from partially pre-drawn portraits that will be provided in the class. (You will finish the drawings, but the basics will be there) If you prefer to work completely freehand, that is fine. You will be asked to bring along one predawn portrait of your own on watercolor paper. (on approximately 9”x11”paper, head only)In the workshop, we will analyze some of the common mistakes that are made when working on portraits in watercolor and look at examples of successful watercolor portraits by artists from around the world.
Note: As part of her demo presentation, Pam will share with you her method of using an iPad or other tablet device for creating accurate portrait drawings without the need for gridding, tracing or projecting. If you have an iPad, please bring it along.
DATE: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday- March12, 13, 14
TUITION: $130m / $155nm
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Pam Wenger: Watercolor Portrait Sketching Winter 2018 W4
I will have partially pre-drawn portraits for you to work on as part of our exercises – or you may draw freehand. We will all do some limited freehand drawing of parts of faces (not full portraits).
Bring one completed drawing of your own (using your own reference photo) on an (approximately) 9” x 11” sheet of watercolor paper. Bring along the printed reference picture or have it available on your digital device.
Bring along several smaller sheets of watercolor paper (around 8 x 10 ) or a watercolor block. I use 200 lb Saunders Waterford Hot Press – or other hot press brands. I’ll have some of that for you to try if you aren’t familiar with using Hot Press paper.
Bring all your usual watercolor supplies: water container, paper towels, board to attach your watercolor paper to, drawing pencils (I just use BIC #2 mechanical pencils), push pins or tape.
If you have an iPad – PLEASE bring it along, so I can show you my method of using it to check your drawing accuracy.
Bring your own palette and brushes that you feel comfortable with. I’d suggest using no brushes smaller than a #10. I use Loew Cornell Ultra Round brushes (very cheap and I just grab a new one when I wreck the point)
I use mostly transparent colors. Here’s my color list for those who are interested. (But don’t feel you need to buy new colors for the workshop.)
Aureolin Cobalt Blue
*Winsor Yellow Deep Ultramarine Blue
Brilliant Orange Indigo
*Vermilion *Hookers Green
*Quinacridone Gold Starred items are the ones I could not
Raw Sienna live without for portrait work.
Raw Umber Feel free to bring along any portraits
*Burnt Umber you may have worked on that you’d
*Quinacridone Coral like to discuss.
*Manganese Blue or Peacock Blue
*Starred items are ones I couldn’t live without for portrait work.
Feel free to bring along any portraits you may have worked on that you’d like to discuss.