Thank you for your interest in joining me on a watercolor adventure. I can assure you that you will be more than pleased and proud of your artistic growth and your appreciation of the medium.
There are several class sessions you can choose from. Each class session runs from 9:30-12:30 for 4 mornings (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) at the San Francisco Gallery, which is to the right of the entrance arch of the Fabrica Aurora on Calzada de Aurora. One of these days can be extended for one full day 9:30-5:00, if needed. This is an excellent location with easy parking and coffee nearby. The classes are not sequential and you can join any one session (4 classes) — and you can stay on for more. Each session is 250 USD. Students who have taken a classes previously are invited to return at a reduced fee.
2019 Class Sessions & Dates:
We are excited to debut our new teaching space adjoining the gallery. It is spacious and updated.
In each class, we will explore the medium of watercolor in a relaxing and creative environment with a focus on the understanding of basic watercolor fundamentals. All levels of experience are welcome.
Using demonstrations and individual critiques, you will learn how to simplify the subject matter through the use of sketches and value studies. The classes will be both en plein air and in a traditional studio setting. In addition, I will introduce you to some wonderful new technology on your iPhone or iPad that will help define and refine your reference photos.
Following is a suggested materials list. Each of you may have your own favorite papers and paints and palettes already. In most cases the materials you already own will work for these classes. However, I would suggest that you have at least one large wash brush and use quality pigments and 100% cotton rag paper.
This is a check list that you can adapt to supplies that you already have. Here in San Miguel, I like to shop at El Pato for art supplies. El Pato, is located at Margarito Ledesma #19 in Colonia Guadalupe. I have already spoken to the owner, David Salgado Arana, about watercolor blocks, brushes and paints. If you let me know in a timely manner, I can make sure that he orders what is needed for you.
There will be storage space in the studio, but packaging everything you need in a bag makes it convenient for plein aire excursions and safe keeping.
- A sketchbook : no smaller than 5×7
- An iPad or iPhone with 2 important apps to download on it: Waterlogue (4.99) and Image Blender (3.99)
- Paper – I use Arches , Saunders or Lana Waterford 140lb Cold Press paper blocks. If you plan to use sheets, then a stretching board will be needed. I use Masonite, or gator board and (Scotch brand) masking tape to affix the paper to the board.
- Drafting or masking tape 1” size
- A water holder and small spray bottle
- white gel pen
- Clorox sponge
- A watercolor palette. There are many styles to choose from. Make sure the one you have has adequate space for mixing pigments
- Paper towels
Brushes and Paints
- Brushes: You will need a small, medium, and large watercolor brush. I recommend the Escoda Perla and Versatil series short handled rounds No’s 14 and a 1- 3/4″ flat. Treat yourselves to good brushes. I will have extra brushes on hand as well.
- A brush carrier, such as bamboo or cloth roll.
- Paints: I use primarily Daniel Smith Artist’s watercolors. I do not suggest using student grade paint. The difference between the two types is the amount of pigment used. If you use student-grade, your work will look more washed out.
Note: There are many manufacturers and I have tried most of them. Daniel Smith, Winsor and Newton, Holbein, M. Graham, Rembrandt, are all suitable. But do not buy cake or block colors.
Note: This is only a suggestion, as we can typically make your colors work. I do like to use the Quinachridones, though. Basically, you want a palette of colors that includes a yellow, red, orange, blue, brown and green.
Quinachridone Burnt Orange
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Neutral Tint/ Payne’s grey
Greenish Yellow – Holbein
In class, we share ideas about materials, brushes and preferences. I look forward to meeting you in person. Do not hesitate to contact me with the contact link.