Monday, January 12, 2009

Lunchtime Learning - Basic Watercolor

Join Robert Becker for a fast and painless introduction to some basic techniques in watercolor. Knowledge of watercolor is not necessary for this workshop. The goal of this workshop is to give a quick overview of using watercolor for quick presentations and personal use. Watercolor is unparalleled in breathing life into an image. Not only the domain of a perspective drawing, watercolor can give the simplest plan, elevation or even a cocktail napkin sketch warmth and atmosphere.

All painting materials will be provided! Please email a line drawing the day before so Robert can print it onto watercolor paper.

This workshop will give you an easy way to try watercolor without pressure. The exercises will be done on top of your own drawings. By photocopying your own images directly onto watercolor paper, Robert will demonstrate on one copy as you try the technique on another copy at the same time. Each person will have a great hands-on experience. The group will be led through a series of exercises demonstrating the basic watercolor washes on the appropriate areas of your own drawings. Discussions about materials, techniques, and style will accompany the painting experience.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • Basic materials list: paper, paint, and brushes
  • Types of paper: weights, advantages & disadvantages
  • Types of washes: flat, stepped, graded, wet into wet
  • Mixing color: in washes on palette
  • Setting focus with paint, light, color and contrast
  • Experimenting
  • Masking


Lunchtime Learning - Basic Watercolor

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm

Location: AIA East Bay Chapter Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland .

Contact: 510/464-3600 or

Cost: None; this program is open to all.

Bring your own lunch. Advanced registration required. Please RSVP.

1.5 CES/LU

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