Crash Course in Color
(Back by student request!) with Peg Sheridan

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 Date:  Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Time: 10 am - 3 pm 

Skill level:  Beginner – Advanced
Are you confused about color terms, like granulation, opacity, lightfastedness, complementary, cool vs. warm, tint, etc.? Do you struggle to mix colors that are beautiful, not muddy?  Do you know how to plan a painting with a value study and a color plan? Join Peg as she breaks down the complexity of color into short, easy-to-follow exercises.  Discover the hundreds of colors you can mix with the tubes of paint you already own! This class will include: demonstrations, color worksheets, and individual help. 

Instructor Peg Sheridan has been painting in watercolors for 39 years, and teaching for 19 years.  She is known for her encouraging, “no fears” way of teaching watercolor painting.  She is a signature member of the Virginia Watercolor Society, and has won many regional awards for her paintings.

Materials List:

Paper: I am not particular about brushes or paints, but I insist on Arches 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. This is why: it is impossible to do the techniques I teach using cheap paper. You will need 2 half sheets (ripped or cut into fourths or so), or a tablet, etc.  You can even paint on the backs of old paintings.  Do not bring Strathmore of any weight. 

Brushes: Watercolor brushes, including: 1″ flat, #8 or #10 round, any size rigger, and any other brushes you may want to bring. Bring your largest sized brushes, as they will help you to paint more loosely. 

Palette: A covered palette is preferred.  If you cover it after a painting session, you can reuse the paint. Otherwise, a white china or plastic plate works for a palette.

Paints: Student or professional grade paints, not Artists Loft brand (sold at Michaels). That brand has a lot of fillers, and will not work for this class.  M.Graham, Daniel Smith, Winsor Newton, Holbein, or DaVinci brands  are great for this class. You will need a warm and a cool of each of these colors: red, yellow, blue.  You can also bring any brown.   Colors I recommend are: Quinacridone gold or gamboge yellow (warm), azo, bismuth,  Hansa, areolin or lemon yellow (cool), Quinacridone red, Pyrrol red, Napthol red or Cadmium red (warm), Quinacridone Rose or Alizarin Crimson or Rose Madder (cool), Ultramarine or cobalt blue (warm/neutral), Prussian blue or Antwerp blue or turquoise blue (cool), Quincridone burnt orange, Quinacridone rust, or Burnt sienna  Add any of your favorite colors.

A board: Any firm surface, such as masonite, foamcore, etc. It should be about 8X10 to 11X14.

The rest:
-A drawing pencil (B or HB or H)
-Sketchbook or loose paper, to take notes and make small sketches.
-Paper towels
-Water container (about the size of a large yogurt or mayo container).
-Bring references of your preference.  Look for images with a range of light to dark, big shapes, and interesting compositions. 

Location: Shenandoah Valley Art Center, 122 S. Wayne Avenue, Waynesboro, VA 22980, or  Phone is (540)949-7662

Time: 10 to 3:00, with 45 minute lunch break

Level: Beginner to advanced

Cost: $80, due by August 20.  Make check payable to Peg Sheridan.  Mail check and form below to me at: 201 Hunters Lane, Staunton, VA 24401.  Contact me if you need to make other arrangements for payment. 

Registration for "Crash Course in Color", Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at SVAC

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