Watercolor painting basics

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BRUSH

For beginners mr price is s good option for watercolor brushes. They sell them in sets.

Keep brushes clean washing them regularly in washing up liquid.

PAINT

Select a set of watercolor paints. This a set is a great deal. Most sets have a good selection of basic colors you’ll need for transparent watercolor painting. Rarely use the white paint that is included in most cake or tube color sets. It’s opaque. Its use will change your watercolor paintings into gouache paintings. Gouache, or opaque watercolor is a distictly different category and approach to painting.

If you prefer tubes pre-packaged tube sets will also give you a good starter selection of colors for watercolor painting. Start by using brand name “academic” or “student” grade watercolors until you can commit your resources to buying “artist” grade watercolor supplies.

PAPER

Use any watercolor pad, block, or loose paper with a weight of #140 or higher. The heavier the paper, the less likely you’ll have to deal with the warpage of the damp paper while painting. I recommend larger sheets like this one because you can always cut them in half or quarters for smaller paintings.

PALETTE

Cake and Pan watercolor sets usually have built-in fold out palettes that are useable in varying degrees depending on their size and orientation. For your tube watercolors you can use a flat white dinner plate or buy some inexpensive plastic plates.

WATER

Find a glass, or jar, or small bucket to hold fresh, clean water. Use two if possible. One for rinsing your brush between colors, and one for clean water for painting.

Tap water is usually fine. Hard water decreases paint solubility and flow. Overly softened water acts as a wetting agent and increase paint solubility and flow. If you’re concerned, use bottled water.

EXTRAS

A few more odds’n’ends will round out your kit. A pencil, a kneaded eraser, some tissues, and an old towel or paper towels, and a couple of large metal clips for holding your watercolor paper to a board. Voila! That’s all you need to start your adventures in watercolor painting

When will my child bring finish pieces home?

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In junior class we do a project per class you child will take their finished work home on the day.

At senior and intermediary  level we teach lots of technique when exploring each new medium, and we encourage our artists to take their time and savor this beautiful process.

Some projects last 2-4 weeks, and you will have something lovely for your walls when we’re done.

Intermediate class

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Intermediate class

Age 7 to 10 depends on child’s drawing level.

This is a step up from junior class where children start to work independently on individual work.

We follow a step by step system see example below.

Each child chooses their own projects from over 500+ different print outs.

I help each child with their drawing and painting and coloring.

I give each student individual time during each class.

They have access to all the supplies in the art room including professional markers, pastels, watercolor, acrylic, color pencils and much more!

Junior class Age 4+

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I teach guided drawing at this level. The children follow along as we work our way step by step through our class project. The children learn the basics of drawing.

At the beginning of term they learn how to use watercolor, pastels, sharpies, poster paint.

The emphasis is on enjoying the process finishing pieces of work they can be proud of.

We explore pencil, watercolor  pencils, coloring pencils, watercolor, oil paste, sharpie, paint, chalk pastel, explaining how they work and how they can be used together.

We work on a new class project every week.

Children bring their project home at the end of each class.

Click the link below to see examples of projects.

https://fionasartclass.com/gallery/

https://m.facebook.com/Fionasartclass/photos

What days do you run classes?

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Timetable

Tuesday Classes

Tuesday junior & intermediate 4:00 to 5:00

Tuesday senior & intermediate 5:15 to 6:15

Thursday Classes

Thursday junior & intermediate4:00 to 5:00

Thursday senior & intermediate5:15 to 6:15

Saturday Classes

Saturday junior class 9:45 to 10:45

Saturday senior & intermediate11:00 to 12:00

Saturday second senior class & intermediate12:15 to 1:15

Saturday life drawing & intermediate12:15 to 1:15

Please note class times and days may vary from term to term.

What do I do with all this art work my children bring home?

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What do I do with all this art work my children bring home?

There are lots of apps out there to photograph and share art work. I find it’s easier to just take a snap as soon as you pick your child up from class on your phone and save the art work to a dedicated folder.

This is what I use in class to store images in our library I buy them at mr price. All the work the children produced is a4 size and will fit into these folders.

A4 40 POCKET DISPLAY BOOK

€3.49

http://www.mrprice.ie/p/a4-40-pocket-display-book/5390380580946

It’s a good idea to buy a few frames from ikea and rotate your children’s work from the fold.

If your children are attending my classes all their art will fit into the Ribba frame from ikea at a cost of 7.00 euros.

These frames make great gifts for family and friends.