Monday, November 22, 2010
Watercolor Art Society-Houston Classes
Exploring Impressionism in Watermedia, Hands On
January 18 thru March 8, 2011
Tuesday afternoons, 1 to 4 p.m.
$300, or $150 for 4 sessions (1/2 semester)
Do you love the paintings produced by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist watercolor painters Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Paul Signac, Childe Hassam, van Gogh and others? Let us explore the tools and techniques used by these masters and discover ways to add freshness and spontaneity to our own paintings.
The Impressionists developed new techniques to convey a "different way of seeing." It was an art of immediacy and movement, of candid poses and compositions, of the play of light expressed in a bright and varied use of color. They often explored plein-air painting in order to recreate the sensation in the eye that views the subject, rather than attempt to recreate the subject.
In this course we will project paintings of these masters to take a close-up look at a few of the techniques they used. A weekly demo of specific techniques will follow. Then, together, we will recreate the feeling of plein-air in the classroom. Each week, together we will paint a projected, large photograph of reference material provided by the instructor. This will give students an opportunity to experience, first-hand, the spontaneity and freshness of these master painters by making brushmarks and colors that depict their own impressions.
Demonstrations will alternate: one week in watercolor, then the following week in acrylics. Students are welcome to try both, or stay with one medium for all classes. Because the art supply industry has produced many innovative materials since the early days of Impressionism, we will have an opportunity to enjoy the advantages of these fine materials.
A homework assignment will be given weekly and a brief critique of one painting will begin each class, for those who wish to participate. Tuesday afternoon classes begin January 18 and end March 8, 2011, 1:00-4:00 p.m..