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Fresh Paths to Watercolor"5 Strategies for Success
4or 5 DAY COURSE OUTLINE
with Susan Webb Tregay AWS, NWS, TWSA, WHS
DAY 1-- Lighten UP, Introduce class and myself
DEMO: Cutting Stencils for corrections (old painting)
POWER POINT SLIDE LECTURE (PP) Lighten Up
Practice corrections on old painting, test on very dark samples
Multiple ways of using tape
Borders, Saving whites on new paper, lifting light elements,
DEMO: Start a painting. Save a white, start a border. I will work on this as the week progresses.
Start a new painting in your own style or interest area.
Find subject matter. Do Thumbnails. Think.
PP "Finding Yourself"-- What is your style? Don't have one? Work in a series, successive approximation.
DISCUSSION: Start Flip book: Focal points, elements and principles of design-handout
DAY 2-Enrich It, breaking up boring spaces, Texture
Enrich it: "Second verse, same as the first"
Avoiding Mud-color chart (optional)-- test your colors
Running a wash 101, and complicated washes
Use stencils to isolate and lift areas that are too dark and/or muddy.
DEMO: Enrich my painting, adjust a dark area
PP Enrich It
Texture time is usually not included in a 4 day workshop.
"Texture" (two kinds of texture): Break up boring spaces/backgrounds
Texture: Stamping materials, painted patterns (Paint in checks, wallpaper, floating or realistic)
DEMO: Salt, texture/break up space
Paint: consider developing texture
Discussion: What is Content?
Louise Cadillac article, read and discuss
Handout: Content and your Inner self
PP FOLK ART: CONTENT
DAY 3 (Day 2 in a 4 day workshop)-UNIFY IT WITH A COLOR STRATEGY
Handout, PP presentation
Flip book, find examples of color strategies
DEMO: Force a color strategy onto my painting.
Paint: Do two or three simple paintings in two or three color strategies and/or
Force a color strategy onto an existing painting by using stencils if necessary.
DISSCUSION: Working in a Series and Brainstorming
HOMEWORK: think up business questions
DAY 4 (Day 3 in a 4 day workshop) UNIFY IT WITH A VALUE STRATEGY
Flip Book, Value Strategy hand out
PP Value Strategies
find some value strategies in magazines
DEMO: Add a value strategy to my painting.
Paint. Force a value strategy onto one or more of your paintings and/or color strategy samples.
OR continue finding examples of strategies.
DICUSSION: The Art of doing business in the digital age.
HOMEWORK: write and memorize an elevator speech - (or write an artist statement-- need word slips)
DAY 5 (Day 4 in a 4 day workshop) SURPRISE US.
Watercolor Put Downs
PP Surprise Us
Demo: Tromp d'oiel painting: Seed package, Masking Tape
Add a surprise to my painting.
Name that dog. Titles add content (and sell paintings)
Brainstorm for a title for your painting.
BROWN BAG LUNCH: My DVD
Finish paintings, choose one or two for the show/critique
Critiquing your own work
Paint and evaluate
Discussion: Recite Elevator Speeches/ read Artist's Statements
MOVING ON: Ideas for continued growth.
Extra PP: Evaluating AWS winners for Color and Design Strategies