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Friday Evening Watercolor – with Ophrah Shemesh

Course Description

The goal of the course is to bring the student to the point where they can build a watercolor painting, from the first layout to completion, incorporating intuition and self-expression. Students will find a way to work between the subjective and the objective in order to gain the ability to organize a picture and to acquire the self-judgment to complete it.

The course runs for 11 weeks, and students should arrive 15 minutes early for set-up. Assignments will be given towards the middle of the semester, reproducing the watercolors of a modern master, as well as making landscape and still-life paintings outside of the classroom.

Course Outline

The course will work mainly from the life model, and will start with small-sized paper for making short paintings, to concentrate on the general relationship between the marks and the development of a watercolor through transparency, using the white ground as a source of light. Following from this initial experience, the idea of different marks and of the linear moving from one point to another will be explored using the whole body of the brush. An understanding of color theory will be introduced, based on the idea of combining in one painting dark, light, intensity, purity and the value of hue to create the illusion of three-dimensional space. A major topic will be the building of a long-term painting, beginning with a very light pencil drawing indicating composition, then light color in the first application, going deeper through overlapping without repeating color, moving from light to dark and designating depth in different areas. Working later with still-life, students will use observation and color to find meaning between an inner reality and the language of form, structure, movement, contrast, harmony and color. Techniques used will change, from working wet on dry, to working wet on wet, and using gum arabic to extend the drying time of the watercolor paint.

Course Syllabus

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