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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.

Why do you sometimes touch up students art to finish it up?

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This is a form of hands-on learning. We have found that the best way to teach a visual subject is by providing a visual example, and this even extends to the very end of a painting. Without it, students form the artistically harmful habit of seeing their finished artwork partially done, so that’s what they learn.

Thursday class

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  1. There is one class left in this term.
  2. Registration is next Thursday April 26th
  3. The new term is five weeks fees are €50.
  4. April to June Timetable

Thursday Class

Thursday 26th April

Thursday 3rd May

Mid-Term Break (School Closed)

Thursday 17th May

Thursday 24th May

Thursday 31st May

Registration for Tuesday class today

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The Tuesday class will run for 6 weeks this term. Registration is at the start of class. €60 for 6 weeks. Please note We will be closed for midterm as per presentation school calendar.

April to June Timetable

Tuesday Class

Tuesday 17th April

Tuesday 24th April

Tuesday 1st May

Mid-Term Break (School Closed)

Tuesday 15th May

Tuesday 22nd May

Tuesday 29th May

April to June Timetable

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April to June Timetable

Tuesday Class

Tuesday 17th April

Tuesday 24th April

Tuesday 1st May

Mid-Term Break (School Closed)

Tuesday 15th May

Tuesday 22nd May

Tuesday 29th May

April to June Timetable

Thursday Class

Thursday 26th April

Thursday 3rd May

Mid-Term Break (School Closed)

Thursday 17th May

Thursday 24th May

Thursday 31st May

May to June Timetable

Saturday Class

Saturday 5th May

Saturday 12th May

Saturday 19th May

Saturday 26th May

Saturday 2nd June

Keep it light until you get it right!

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Sketch lightly

Sketch so lightly that you can barely see the pencil marks.

Don’t start drawing a tiny portion of your image.

Draw you enter outline first otherwise you can’t judge if the drawing is in proportion.

Don’t worry if everything doesn’t look right the first time.

This is why you drew lightly correct your drawing before you go any further.

Once you are happy with what you sketched fill in slightly darker lines.

You can use these lines to be more careful and correct the first lines. If you mess up, erase the first line. Don’t get too dark, or you won’t be able to completely erase the lines!