Join long time teaching artist Janet Waronker in this 3 hour workshop to address some common challenges that newer and more experienced watercolor painters face. Watercolor needs both spontaneity AND planning. It usally starts with a clear drawing and composition. Some planning helps clarify what you want to highlight and eliminate. Making a small thumbnail sketch and a value study can help you make decisions about arrangement of shapes on the page, patterns of lights and dark that highlight your center of interest without detail. Determining the value patterns in the planning stage will also make color choices much clearer when you paint. There will be examples and a demo and time to apply your plan to a new painting, based on your photo reference. Choose one of your own photos of a subject with a clear center of interest and a range of values. Print it in color and as well as black and white.
Supplies: Bring supplies for sketching and painting Including watercolor sketchbook or paper, several sheets of 140# 11/ X 14 cold press watercolor paper and backing board or watercolor block. Instructor recommends value painting with a black Tombow Brush Pen or dark neutral watercolor (Payne’s Grey, Lunar Black or your choice)Please bring a student level watercolor set, a watercolor pad, pencils, eraser to the first class. Brand: the instructor recommends Winsor & Newton, but any student level brand such as Reeves will do. For watercolor paper, 140 lb recommended. Colors: recommended hansa yellow, auriolin yellow, windsor red, permanent rose, ultramarine blue and cobalt blue.
Brushes: short handled watercolor bushes 1/2” flat and two round between #4 to #10. Also can bring what wc supplies you have already to first session. A suggested list of colors, palettes and papers will be provided at first class. We’ll draw and paint from still life set ups.
About the Instructor: Janet Waronker received her BFA from Tyler School of Fine Arts and graduated from Master’s MCAT program in Creative Arts Therapy at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. Janet’s watercolor and mix media subjects include figure, still life, plein air and inner vision paintings. Her work have been included in many area juried exhibitions and received awards with Garden State Watercolor Society, Phillips Mill, Coryell Gallery, Artsbridge, Prallsville Mill, Mercer County Senior Art Exhibit (professional). She’s been included in group shows for members at Perkins Center for the Arts, Princeton Arts Council, Garden State Watercolor Society, Artsbridge and had one person shows at Princeton Medical Center, Mercer Medical Center and Berlitz Language School in Princeton. You can view her work at www.jwaronker.artspan.com