Watercolor Painting CTS

Watercolor Course Topic Summary

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Lesson 1: Choosing Your Paint

Making Your Decision

How We’ll Use The Decision Table

Decision Table Examples

Exercise 2: Importance Of “Cost”

Lesson 2: Locating And Setting Up Your Work Space: Watercolors

How Much Time Do I Need?

Your Studio Work Space: Examples And Watercolor Paint Considerations

Computer/Internet Access

Lighting

Space

Exercise 1: Storage Search

Exercise 2: Find Your Space

Exercise 3: Treasure Hunt

 

Lesson 3: Watercolor Supplies And What Do I Need?

Supplies

Colors To Buy; Student Versus Artist Grade Paint

Exercise 1: Scavenger Hunt

Exercise 2: Budget

Exercise 3: Recommendation List And Let’s Go Shopping

 

Lesson 4: Watercolor Palettes

What Is A Palette?

Different Types Of Palettes For Watercolor Paints

Prepping Your Palette And Laying Out Your Paint

Cleaning Your Palette And Saving Paint

Color Palettes

Historic Palettes

Exercise 1: Make A Travel Palette

Exercise 2: Choose A Color Palette And Experiment With Your Selection

 

Lesson 5: Watercolor Paper And Other Surfaces

Paper Texture

Paper Weight

Dimensions

Edges

Other Surfaces

Stretching Watercolor Paper

Exercise 1: Buy Your Paper

Exercise 2: Experiment

Exercise 3: Stretch Your Watercolor Paper

 

Lesson 6: Watercolor Brushes

Anatomy Of A Paintbrush

Brush Shapes

Brush Texture

Brush Size

How To Hold Your Paintbrush

Brush Use, Care And Storage

Exercise 1: Try Out Your Brushes

Bonus Exercise: Make Your Own Paintbrush Holder

 

Lesson 7: Watercolor Techniques

Types Of Washes

Other Watercolor Techniques

Using Household Items For Watercolor Effects

Other Fun Techniques

Exercise 1: Make Abstract Art

Exercise 2: Experiment With Texture

 

Lesson 8: Basic Color Theory

The Importance Of The Color Wheel

Mixing Paints To Create Colors

Further Definitions

The Temperature Of Colors

Utilizing Color Temperature In Painting

Hue And Saturation

Exercise 1: Make Secondary And Tertiary Colors

Exercise 2: Make Your Own Color Wheel

Exercise 3: Mixing Neutrals

Exercise 4: Mixing Values

 

Lesson 9: Color Illusions And Themes

Color Illusions

Color Schemes Based On The Color Wheel

Exercise 1: Paint A Simple Object Using Different Colors

Exercise 2: Feedback On Your Paintings

 

Lesson 10: Ready To Start Painting: Watercolors

 

Lesson 11: Watercolor Exercise One: Lemon

Part One: Palette And Sketch

Part Two: Initial Painting

Part Three: Adding Details

Part Four: Completing The Painting

 

Lesson 12: Watercolor Exercise Two: Flower

Part One: Sketch And Color Blocking

Part Two: Adding Shadows

Part Three: Adding Details

Part Four: Completing The Painting

 

Lesson 13: Watercolor Exercise Three: Landscape

Part One: Sketch And Color Blocking

Part Two: Adding Shadows

Part Three: Adding Details

Part Four: Completing The Painting

Lesson 14: Painting En Plein Air With Watercolors

Intro To Plein Air

Supplies You’ll Need

Non-Painting Related Essentials

Where And How To Paint En Plein Air

Exercise 1: Gather Up Your Own Plein Air Pack

Exercise 2: Find An Artist Organization And Then Go Out And Paint!

Exercise 3: Go Out And Paint!

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