You will experience:
• Ways to draw and use watercolor that defy self-doubt and crippling comparison
• The unleashing of a deeper creative voice through the cultivation of intuition and mindfulness
• What it’s like to generate a plethora of sketches in a short amount of time under the influence of an altered state of sketching
• How to make sketching and painting not only easier but relaxing, addictive, and even, I dare say, a blast
• The creation of at least three sketches you’ll want to frame, share with the world, or simply become
We are pleased to offer this class online using Zoom video conferencing. This mimics, as closely as possible, what normally happens in our classrooms at the Athenaeum. In this time when many of us are experiencing anxiety and isolation, this format allows us to continue to provide enriching experiences of artistic growth and community building.
The technology to make this happen is quite simple. You only need a computer (phone or tablet) with a camera, microphone, and internet connection and we are here to help you should you experience any technical difficulties.
Once you register, look for an email with more information and detailed instructions in the week preceding the class start date.
Stay safe and be well! And thank you for your continued support of our school.
MATERIALS: Amazon has still been fairly quick for art supplies, but if you’re having difficulty, just come with what you have of these recommended supplies: A large mixed-media sketchbook—I use Canson Mix Media Sketchbook, 11" x 14"—or whatever you have that can take water; we will be doing a lot of sketching, and you won’t want to work on a pad purely for watercolor.
Pens: black Micron pens 005 and 05 as well as 01 and thicker (or equivalents). If you’re thinking you have felt-tip pens to bring, know that it’s important to this process to also have really thin pens; thicker pens won’t have the same effects. A thin gel or Flair pen that smears with water.
Watercolors: (Something easy like Prang is fine and is what I use). Good watercolor brushes, round #8, 10, or 12 and a 1" flat.
Watercolor pad: Strathmore 400 Series Visual Watercolor Journal, 140 lb., 9" x 12", cold -pressed, wire bound, 34 sheets—or whatever you feel comfortable with. (The Canson Mix Media Sketchbook can work if you don’t want the extra expense.)
Other: pencil; kneaded erasers.