In my post Can The Art of Watercolour Painting Be Taught? I told you about the watercolour painting course I was going to start.
I’m the only man in the class and I think the youngest, too. Most everyone is over 60, if not older. Everyone else arrived with painting supplies, too – I was the only one who didn’t, but then, the course instructions said not to bring any. I discovered that most of the students attended the same or similar classes previously. Most of people there were doing it as “a night out” or just to get our of the house; not that this diminishes their sincerity or interest in the course.
We learned details about the equipment needed and how to use brushes. For the course we only need a #1 flat brush and a #12 or #14 brush. We have a sketch book, palette, masking tape, watercolour paper, and 3 paint colours: gamboge yellow, cobalt blue, and permanent rose red. She said two more were optional: burnt sienna and ultra marine blue.
The only painting we did was practicing some fundamental techniques:
Below are my attempts at those techniques, including testing the two brushes we’ll be using: the first watercolouring I have ever done.
The class is taught by Joan Gregory, a wonderful instructor who’s open to my amateur and sometimes personal questions: she asked everyone why we were attending the class. After everyone responded, I asked her the same: why was she teaching and how did she get started. She has lots of experience and great anecdotes. She’s good at keeping students inline, too – those seniors tend to be a talkative bunch.
- Watercolor Painting – Week 2