ZOOM--EXPERIMENTING WITH WATERCOLOR FALL 2021 (Limit 10)
This course will provide an introduction to and/or a review of watercolor media and techniques. Participants will gain experience working with this entertaining and challenging media. The participants can be beginning students or those with some experience...we can adjust the projects to the needs of the individual. Participants will learn about watercolor basics and will practice a variety of techniques. Zoom time will be used for critiques and demonstrations and participants will have suggested assignments to complete.
The first class will provide an introduction to paints, brushes, and paper, etc. Participants will be given some practice exercises to complete before the next class. Each class period will provide time for critique of finished work, questions and comments, and an introduction to the next project. My hope is that critique, comments, and demonstration will take about 30 -45 minutes - then the remaining time will be used for participants to work on the assignment for the week.
Kal will go over materials during the first class, but in case participants want to gather things ahead of time, a list is included below. Materials can be purchased on line at Dick Blick or other art supply companies.
1. A set of watercolor tubes (student grade is a good place to start - not too cheap or
expensive, Cottman, Grumbacher, and Winsor Newton are good, reliable brands)
2. A few watercolor brushes (soft hair brushes-small, medium, and large)
3. Watercolor paper (pads of 140 lb., and a board to use to support the paper)
4. Palette - larger is more useful than smaller
5. Painter's tape is useful to hold down the paper while you work
6. Container for water, a sponge, paper towels, pencil, eraser, waterproof ink pen, etc.
7. Small bottle of liquid masque (if you wish)
8. Other items will be discussed as the class progresses
Instructor: KATHY (KAL) ELMORE
Kal Elmore taught art at Bangor High School for about 25 years but is now happily retired and
enjoys teaching in other settings. She has always worked to encourage the best possible outcomes for all of her students and will continue to do so through workshops, classes, and private lessons.
With her experience in teaching many different media, Kal helps her students to develop new skills and understandings. Her own work involves mostly printmaking and collage, but she also enjoys watercolor painting and book arts.
Kal was brave to teach PVSC's first Zoom watercolor class in the fall of 2020, and she returned again for spring 2021. She has found that teaching remotely, while missing the in-person interaction, still offers the ability to offer suggestions and critique, to share members' artwork, and allows participants to have a dedicated space at home, without having to transport materials. Kal has also had great feedback from her previous class members, some who returned for the second class, as well as new participants from other Maine Senior Colleges.