7) Watercolor Painting - Basics

This is an introduction to watercolor painting focusing on the use of the transparent medium to explore both abstract and realistic subjects.

Participants will learn tips for mixing paint and handling brushes, basic wash techniques, and capturing the effects of light. The topics covered will include negative painting, basic color tips, painting from still life, and using photographs as sources for cityscape and landscape subjects.

Class Outline

  1. Introduce students to watercolor painting and materials; view a wide variety of historical and contemporary watercolor painting examples. Tips for stretching watercolor paper and using the brushes to make a variety of lines and shapes will be introduced. Also, introduce students to flat washes and value scales.
  2. Introduce students to negative painting techniques using flat, graded, and variegated washes.
  3. View a variety of watercolor still life examples. Paint from still life using washes and negative painting techniques. Tips for making preliminary sketches and for creating interesting negative shapes will be introduced.
  4. Painting from still life continued (Discuss art elements). Exploration of color schemes and color mixing with tips for creating beautiful shadows.
  5. View a variety of watercolor landscape painting examples and introduce students to creating dynamic compositions with a focus on landscape painting, using photographs for reference.
  6. Tips for putting the finishing touches on paintings and cutting a hinged matt to display watercolor paintings.

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

  • Artist Quality Watercolor paints, i.e. Winsor & Newton's Cotman Water Colour - 12 x 8ml tube set
  • A3 Watercolor Paper: cold-pressed 140lb approx. 20 pages would be good to go (Better with texture)
  • Watercolor Brushes: No. 12 or No.14 synthetic round, 1/ 2, 1/4, or 1-inch flat synthetic with stiff bristles, a rigger or one of No.2 or No.4 synthetic round brushes
  • Watercolor Palette for color mixing (Ceramic or Plastic with wells, with a lid if possible)
  • Drawing pencil (2B & 4B) or watercolor pencils
  • Soft eraser
  • 2 small plastic water containers (with a lid if possible)
  • A sponge
  • A scraper (paint stores)
  • A hair dryer
  • A knife for cutting paper
  • A gummed tape (Family Food Center, Al Rayyan)

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Thu, 13 Apr, 2017
Thu, 18 May, 2017
5.30 pm - 8.30 pm
VCUQatar, Room 241
QAR 900


Yang Soon Ju

Yang Soon Ju is from the Republic of Korea. She is an alumna of Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar with a Major in Fashion Design minoring Art History.

Ju has had experience in watercolor painting, drawing, oil painting, and fashion illustration for many years. Recently, she worked for the Hazawi project by Doha Film Institute, and she has been painting seascapes around Qatar. Ju has various teaching experiences around the world as an artist, designer, and applied scientist.