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Instructor: Peg Sheridan
$90 //  6:00-8:00 pm  //  Tuesdays  // July 31, August 7 and 14 // Beginner - Advanced

Are you confused about color terms, like granulation, opacity, lightfastedness, complementary, cool vs. warm, tint, etc.? Do you struggle to mix colors that are beautiful, not muddy?  Do you know how to plan a painting with a value study and a color plan?  Join Peg as she breaks down the complexity of color into short, easy-to-follow exercises.  Discover the hundreds of colors you can mix with the tubes of paint you already own! This class will include: demonstrations, color worksheets, and individual help.

Instructor Peg Sheridan has been painting in watercolors for 39 years, and teaching for 19 years.  She is known for her encouraging, “no fears” way of teaching watercolor painting.  She is a signature member of the Virginia Watercolor Society, and has won many regional awards for her paintings.


Receive 10% discount on individual supplies at Larkin Arts

I am not particular about brushes or paints, but I insist on Arches 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. This is why: it is impossible to do the techniques I teach using cheap paper. You will need 2 sheets (22X30). Do not bring Strathmore of any weight.  For the color exercises, you can paint on the backs of old paintings. 

Watercolor brushes, including: 1″ flat, #8 or #10 round, and any other brushes you may want to bring. Bring your largest sized brushes, as they will help you to paint more loosely.

A covered palette is preferred.  If you cover it after a painting session, you can reuse the paint. Otherwise, a white china or plastic plate works for a palette.

Student or professional grade paints, not Artists Loft brand (sold at Michaels). That brand has a lot of fillers, and will not work for this class.  The M.Graham brand, sold at Larkin Arts, is great for this class.  You will need a warm and a cool of each of these colors: red, yellow, blue.  Colors I recommend are:
Warm Yellows: Quinacridone gold // Gamboge
Cool Yellows: Azo // Hansa // Lemon Yellow
Warm Reds: Quinacridone // Pyrrol // Napthol // Cadmium Red
Cool Reds: Quinacridone Rose // Alizarin Crimson // Rose Madder
Warm/neutral Blues: Ultramarine // Cobalt Blue
Cool Blues: Prussian // Antwerp // Turquoise Blue
Warm Browns: Quincridone burnt orange // Quinacridone rust // Burnt sienna
-and Indigo or Paynes Gray.
-Add any of your favorite colors.

A board:
Any firm surface, such as masonite, foamcore, etc. It should be at least 10X12.

The rest:
-A drawing pencil (B or HB or H)
-Sketchbook or loose paper, to take notes and make small sketches
-Paper towels
-Water container (about the size of a large yogurt or mayo container)
-Bring references of your preference.  Look for images with a range of light to dark, big shapes, and interesting compositions.