Thursday, October 20, 2011

Watercolor Painting Class

Last night I attended a two hour watercolor painting class by Art Student Academy in downtown Wake Forest at the Wake Forest Frame Shop

Photo by M. Theresa Brown

Art Student Academy is a husband-wife artist team with a variety of class formats and locations.  Last night's class was taught by Stephen Filarsky, but Theresa also joined us during the workshop.  Our topic was Fall Color in Watercolor.

Our subject was the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway, winding around Grandfather Mountain.  We had color photo references, and started with a black and white photocopy that we transferred on to watercolor paper.  All supplies are furnished at the workshop, including brushes, paint, palettes, even water containers.

Only three of the ten of us in the class had ever tried painting with watercolors before, but every student finished a painting by the end of the two-hour class! 

Photo by M. Theresa Brown

Theresa took a photo of each participant.  Here I am with mine- complete with a charcoal smudge or two on my face.  I want to work on the bridge a bit, but I was pleased with my sky and some of the foliage.  Hmm, my evergreen trees seem to be bending in the wind.  Probably true on mile-high Grandfather Mountain!

I even liked the little abstract that emerged on the small paper that we used to try out the paints.  This might become a background for a future collage or journal page.

The session was very relaxed and friendly.  I am sure I will sign up for more classes.  The cost is only $30.00 for a two-hour class.  They offer instruction in acrylics and oils as well as watercolors.  There is even a class called Art + Wine that they teach in the Twisted Vine wine shop in Wake Forest.  That one sounds like me!

1 comment:

Katie said...

Like your painting. It makes me want to go there! :-)