This art workshop will not only cover the basic concepts of painting with watercolor, but will emphasize the importance of learning to control pigment mixtures and washes for painting bold and luminous landscapes. Wes teaches and demonstrates a number of techniques and strategies to help those struggling with watercolor “control” issues. Participants gain a better sense of what is happening on their paper during critical times, and thus can avoid some common pitfalls. A few guided exercises early on will allow participants to create the conditions needed for an effective wet-into-wet approach. Wes will clarify the subsequent stages we work through in order to “finish out” a painting as the drying process proceeds. Wes’s teaching focuses on understanding process as a means of achieving natural and expressive results. Participants will be challenged to think like an artist, but fully supported in experimenting and taking risks as they explore the possibilities with this medium. Additional topics addressed in the art workshop will be: Value Relationships, Color Harmony, and Design Principles as they pertain to watercolor painting. Participants typically remark that they are taking home a truckload of new information and some new perspectives, but also claim to enjoy the good humor and light-hearted moments experienced during the week of painting and learning.
Wes Waugh is a watercolor landscape painter who has made the North Carolina High Country his home for the past 30 years. He began painting at the age of twelve, has held over twelve solo exhibitions, and has served as an art workshop instructor, product consultant, guest presenter, and juror for a number of art-related businesses and organizations over his painting career. Simultaneously, Wes has held a full-time teaching and administrative position at nearby Appalachian State University, citing equal devotion to both career settings and “the inability so far to choose one over the other”. He was one of the inaugural instructors during the Cheap Joe’s Art Workshop Season when the teaching facility first opened, and has remained on the rotation ever since!
Below are the downloadable references (PDFs) and handouts we will discuss in this weeks class.
I look forward to painting with you!!
Foamboard_Watercolor_Support copy (instructions for making painting support)
Downloadable as JPEG IMages