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Do you have paints, brushes and paper but don't know what to do next? In this class, students with some prior experience with watercolor will learn new techniques, improve and refresh existing skills and develop a personal direction in their work. Demonstrations and practical exercises focus on paint properties, shadows, composition, color and texture. Quick sketches and sustained paintings will be accomplished during this class. A variety of subject matter and styles will be explored. Class includes one outdoor field trip in San Diego area.

Note: Prerequisite: Watercolor I or equivalent experience. Suggested textbook: The Watercolor Bible by Joe Garcia.
Materials: Whatever watercolor materials you already have.
Recommended materials:

  • Robert Simmons Brand Sapphire Brushes, Sienna Brushes, and/or Windsor and Newton University Series
  • Wash brush: Robert Simmons Skyflow Wash Brush or similar, 2" or 3"
  • Oval Wash brush: 1/2"
  • Round brushes: #10, #8, #6, #3 round, white sable
  • Drawing board, without clips. Approx 15x20" or larger (options: masonite, thin plysood, 1/2" heavy weight foamcore)
  • Sketchbook or scratch paper
  • Sharp #2B office pencils
  • Kneaded eraser and latex eraser, masking fluid pick up eraser
  • Water container: plastic margarine tub or other plastic jar
  • Art masking fluid: Winsor & Newton yellow tinted, or Daniel Smith Masking Fluid. Don't get orange tinted kind.
  • Paper towels (Viva works best)
  • Blow dryer
  • Watercolor palette approx 11x15"
  • Watercolor paper at least 3 sheets 140lb. Arches Watercolor paper (a couple cold pressed and one rough), cut one sheet into quarters for the first class
  • Paints 15ml student grade tube watercolors, e.g. Cottman, Gumbacher, CheapJoe's
  • Portfolio or tote
  • Xacto knife and blades
  • Graphite stick 6B-9B

Course Number: ART-40239
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Art and the Creative Process