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WATERCOLOR SUMMER 2015
Thinking Visually with Watercolor;  brush technique; painting exercise in abstraction
Color Theory I—the illusion of "light" painting a realistic and expressive apple
Color Theory II - Study of a watercolor masterwork
Color Theory III – illusion of "space": landscape and trees
More with landscape
Painting people
Mixed Media – opaque and transparent approaches
Course Project: working in "series"
Course Project: working in "series"
Final critique and party 

 • Watercolor technique depends on the style in which you wish to work -- fast and loose improvisation or deliberate, patient and controlled washes over precise drawing. 
•  Explore your own imagery -- realism, abstraction, surrealism, fantasy  -- all are welcome. (Use photos from magazines as starting points for visual ideas, or bring still life objects to class.
  If you want any kind of “realism” then you must draw first – either as a “rehearsal” for the painting in your sketchbook or on your watercolor paper before you begin painting.
•  Feel free to experiment: more than perhaps any other medium, watercolor is a “performance” -- experienced artists only show their good work, hiding their learning pictures and leaving the impression that painting is effortless “magic”. They know that  every other painting usually looks delightful - frustrating or clumsy pictures teach things you’ll use in the next painting.

• “Clumsy” pictures are a gift - a chance to experiment while doing a picture “you don’t care about”
• “Good” pictures are a gift - expands your vision of beauty & builds your confidence 

MATERIALS
Watercolor in tubes “student grade” @ $3.50 ea: Winsor Newton "Cottman” or  Grumbacher “Academy” or Utrecht
Warm Yellow                           Cadmium Yellow Medium or Cadmium Yellow Deep
Cool Yellow                             Cadmium Yellow Pale or Cad Yellow Light or Lemon
Warm Red                               Cadmium Red Medium or Cadmium Red Light
Cool Red                                 Alizarin Crimson
Warm Blue                              Ultramarine Blue
Cool Blue                                 Cerulean Blue
Warm Green                           Sap Green or Olive Green
Cool Green                              Viridian Green or Pthalo Green or  Intense Green
Warm Brown                           Burnt Sienna (“Sienna” not “Umber”)
Cool Brown                             Raw Sienna (“Sienna” not “Umber”)
Black                                        Payne’s Gray

Plastic Palette must be white, have a large flat mixing area, and room for 11 colors :Richeson 15-well "Box Palette" OR Yasutomo "Folding Watercolor Palette"

Watercolor Paper in 9”x12” pads get two ("student grade" BUT makes sure it's 140 lb weight)
Heavyweight Sketchbook:  (eg, Canson 110 lb. drawing pads or “Aquabee” heavyweight sketchbook) - 9”x12” or 6”x9” sizes.

Brushes - get four: each has its own special use -- with minimum care, they will last for years.
  Flat square watercolor brushes - Get 2 Sizes:Small: 1/2-inch size and Large: 1-inch (or 3/4-inch size)
  Tiny long round “Script” brush: "Winsor Newton 860 Nylon Script #6 or “Utrecht” Script
•  Sumi ink (w/ bamboo handle) or camel hair brush


COLORFUL PAINTING SUMMER 2015 

Light – Color Theory to Enhance the Illusion of Lightin class: abstractions; color mixing warm/cool combinations: start 1st assignment: limited palette underpainting+ color overpainting homework: paint a still life emphasizing lightLayers – Monochromatic Mood and Layered Surprisein class: start 2nd assignment: a painting with monochromatic mood or contrasting layers; homework: continueSpace - The Psychology of Freedom: Aerial Perspective, the Big Sky and the Abstractin class: start 3rd assignment: a landscape homework: continueStyle expressive choices made by the masters in class: start 4th assignment: a master study homework: continue  and then paint a 2nd original painting in the master's styleSeries: Course Projectin class: start 5th assignment: course project: 3+ paintings due last class homework: continue course projectSeries: Contemporary ArtistsDetail is the Life of Painting Traditional and Contemporary Voices in ColorFinishing Touches

Final crit

MATERIALS
Acrylic or Oil
a "warm yellow" Cadmium Yellow Medium 
a "cool yellow" Cadmium Yellow Light or Pale or Lemon
a "warm red" Cadmium Red Medium or Light 
a "cool red" Quinacradone Crimson or Alizarin Crimson     
a "warm blue" Ultramarine Blue
a "cool blue" Cobalt Blue or Cerulean Blue or Turquoise Blue
a "warm green" Sap Green or Chromium Oxide Green or Perm Green Light 
a "cool green" Pthalocyanine Green or Viridian             
a "warm brown" Burnt Sienna or burnt umber
a "cool brown" Raw Sienna or raw umber                        
a "black" Any kind       
a white  Titanium white         
Acrylic: Polymer Medium
Oil: Gamsol brand solvent and Liquin brand oil painting medium.
 
Brushes: "Flat", "Filbert" or "Bright"  (1 large and 1 small) + one "Script" brush  
Canvas or Watercolor Paper  140 pound 11x14 pad and/or 22"x30" sheet whole or cut in halves

Other Stuff
o sketchbook (any size)o palette - disposable wax paper palettes or paper plateso palette knife o Spray bottle and Saran Wrap
o Two large plastic water containerso paper towels or rags o scissors o X-acto knife o pencil, eraser o masking tape

SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE
INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED PAINTING
SUMMER 2015


10 sessions Wednesdays, June 3-Aug 12
6:30–9:30 pm | Studio 117

 

This course is designed for motivated and independent artists. Students in this course are encouraged to develop an original body of work, to engage conceptual issues in their painting, to express mood with power, and to experiment with materials – to make art with as much “ambition” as possible – however you define it.

Investigate a story or narrative through gesture & space
Evoke idea or mood through color and light
Make materials & process part of content
Reference the culture
Make it personal

WEEK BY WEEK

1               Slides: Series Course Project: “process and presentation”

2               Slides: Value & Concept: "light and drama"

3                Slides: Color & Concept:  "light and emotion"

4               Slides: Space & Concept: “depth”

5                Slides: Materials & Found Objects: “texture”

6             Slides: Composition & Movement

7             Slides: Gesture & Movement

8             Slides: Portraits & Identity

9              Slides: Text & Image

10             Slides: Style in Traditional Art

11             Slides: Style in Contemporary Art “Art Student Select” II

12               Final crit


ISSUES EXPLORED


Abstraction Improvisation or mathematical procedure ... blends of "real" & "abstract?"
Materials As subject matter (texture, found objects, assemblage, etc)
Art History (Europe) Art which refers to European art history in theme and composition
Art History (Not Europe) Global culture, "Third World," folk art, "outsider" art, children
The Body Allegory (figure) or Individual Identity (in portraits)
Psychology Dream, Myth, Archetype, Shamanistic traditions...
Landscape Fact, Fantasy, Utopia. Abstraction; Nature Untamed, or Nature Destroyed
Politics - society Sociology, history, war and peace
Politics - identity Gender and race
Politics - technology Science as subject or as procedure
Pop Art Low Culture and High Culture
Public Spaces Institutional art, installation, time-based, community collaboration

RECOMMENDED READING
Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting by Barry Schwabsky

MATERIALS
Acrylic or Oil
a "warm yellow" Cadmium Yellow Medium 
a "cool yellow" Cadmium Yellow Light or Pale or Lemon
a "warm red" Cadmium Red Medium or Light 
a "cool red" Quinacradone Crimson or Alizarin Crimson     
a "warm blue" Ultramarine Blue
a "cool blue" Cobalt Blue or Cerulean Blue or Turquoise Blue
a "warm green" Sap Green or Chromium Oxide Green or Perm Green Light 
a "cool green" Pthalocyanine Green or Viridian             
a "warm brown" Burnt Sienna or burnt umber
a "cool brown" Raw Sienna or raw umber                        
a "black" Any kind       
a white  Titanium white         
Acrylic: Polymer Medium
Oil: Gamsol brand solvent and Liquin brand oil painting medium.
 
Brushes: "Flat", "Filbert" or "Bright"  (1 large and 1 small) + one "Script" brush  
Canvas or Watercolor Paper  140 pound 11x14 pad and/or 22"x30" sheet whole or cut in halves

Other Stuff
o sketchbook (any size)o palette - disposable wax paper palettes or paper plateso palette knife o Spray bottle and Saran Wrap
o Two large plastic water containerso paper towels or rags o scissors o X-acto knife o pencil, eraser o masking tape

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