THE WOW OF WHITES IN WATERCOLOR

INSTRUCTOR: PEG SHERIDAN
TUESDAYS // 6:00 - 8:00 PM // OCTOBER 2-NOVEMBER 6
ALL LEVELS, INCLUDING BEGINNERS

Using whites effectively in watercolor is a mystery to a lot of painters.  This can especially be true for former oil, acrylic, and pastel painters.  If you are going to use the white of the paper, you need to know what spaces to save and how to save them.  You also should have a plan for connecting them throughout the painting.  If you are going to add whites later, you should know how to use various opaque media.   If you want to lift out color to get whites, you need to know about staining colors and lifting techniques.  With 38 years of experience, Peg can show you all of these things. 

We will start by looking at how other artists use whites in their paintings to show light, add sparkle, and accentuate the other colors in the painting.  Each student will choose one painting to study, and either copy or use the artist’s method in a similar way.  We will then study how to start a painting with big shapes, going around the whites.  We will also look at how to paint colorful shadows in white objects, such as clouds, animals, clothing, buildings, etc.  Peg will also show you how to get back lost whites by lifting color, adding opaque whites, collaging with rice paper, etc.   By the end of this class, your paintings will have improved and your skills will have jumped to new levels!

Take a look at these amazing pieces below -
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REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS LISTED BELOW THE IMAGES

REQUIRED SUPPLIES
Students receive 10% discount on all regularly priced individual supplies at Larkin Arts
40% OFF ON M.GRAHAM WATERCOLOR PAINTS FOR STUDENTS IN THIS CLASS!!
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Paper:
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. Rip or cut your sheets into eighths.

Brushes:
Watercolor brushes, including: 1″ flat, #8 or #10 round, a rigger (#2, 3, or 4),and any other brushes you may want to bring. A scrubber (to take off paint, size #3, 4, or 6) is very helpful.  Bring your largest sized brushes, as they will help you to paint more loosely.

Palette:
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.

Paints:
Student or professional grade paints, NOT Artists Loft brand. That brand has a lot of fillers, and will not work for this class.  M.Graham & Winsor Newton brands, sold at Larkin Arts, are 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 // areolin // lemon

WARM REDS: Quinacridone red // Pyrrol // Napthol // Cadmium red
COOL REDS: Quinacridone Rose // Alizarin Crimson // Rose Madder

WARM/NEUTRAL BLUES: Ultramarine // cobalt
COOL BLUES: Prussian // Antwerp // turquoise

WARM BROWNS: Quincridone burnt orange // Quinacridone rust // Burnt sienna

Add any of your favorite colors.

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

The rest:
-For this class, I recommend buying a small bottle of masking fluid (also known as Frisket). 
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Masking tape
-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.