Portrait in Watercolor with Jeanne Potter

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Jeanne Potter, Girl with Headband, watercolor, 9 1/2 ” x 7 1/2

*Some drawing and watercolor painting experience required

Discover how the delicate translucency and speed of watercolor is ideally suited to capturing light, shadows and form of the face and clothed figure through mood and angle of pose. There will be an emphasis on using the watercolor medium including correct brushwork, water/pigment ratio and the application to various watercolor paper surfaces.  Learn how to mix fresh and effective color combinations for a variety of skin tones and hair color along with the ability to see value as color.  Study how to capture a likeness through careful interpretation of what one sees.  Successful composition and correct application of anatomy will be discussed.  Course includes instructor demonstrations along with a display of historical and contemporary artists.  Students will be encouraged to develop a personal style and painting aesthetic.

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Jeanne Potter, Antoinette, watercolor, 10 1/2” x 8”

Materials List
Paper: 5 Sheets Arches 140 lb 22” x 30” Cold (semi-rough) or Hot (smooth) Press or a combination of - will cut to size in class.
(OR Fabriano 140 lb. Cold Press Pad of 50 sheets 11” x 14” available at Jerry’s Art Arama)

Watercolor Brushes:  #12 & #8 Round Sable or Sable Synthetic Blend and a small brush for detail.
(Optional: ½” or 1” Flat; Isabey Siberian Blue Squirrel Quill Mop #2, or #5 –available at dickblick.com)
**If you can only afford one brush, please purchase a Pointed Round Size 10 Raphael Short Handle Kaerell Synthetic 8394 (at dickblick.com) which is very versatile.

Paints:  Winsor Newton preferred
(or Cotman if too pricy to purchase Winsor Newton)

Small tubes:  Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Windsor Violet, French Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Permanent Sap Green, Permanent Green #1 (made by Holbein), Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Black (Lamp or Ivory)

Optional:  Lemon Yellow, Permanent Rose, Viridian, Cadmium Orange, Davy’s Gray, Cobalt Blue, Vandyke Brown, Sepia

(*More Affordable Option:  Pelikan Transparent Watercolor Pan Set of 12 –available through dickblick.com)

Palette: (Suggested) Enameled white ‘Butcher’s’ Tray Palette 11” x 15”(available at Jerry’s Art Arama) (Not needed if you choose the Pelikan Pan Set, only for tube paints)

Masonite Sketch board REQUIRED** 15” x 16” (available at dickblick.com)

Scotch White Paper Tape ¾”(available at Staples and Office Express in Old Lyme)

Pencils:  HB and 2B or BIC Pencil #2 -  0.5mm (extra fine size available at Staple’s)

Eraser:  Kneaded eraser only

Clear, transparent glass jar with lid

Bounty paper towels

Small spiral bound sketchbook (Suggestion: Strathmore 100 sheets 5 ½” x 8 ½”available at Jerry’s Art Arama)

**We will be working at easels or tables, but the board will be required at both so you are not painting flat on the table for a model at a distance.

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Jeanne Potter, Man with Cane, Watercolor,  13 5/8” x 13 1/4”