04) Watercolor Painting - Workshop

This is a special edition 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. Revision on negative painting techniques using flat, graded and variegated washes Tips for stretching watercolor paper and making a variety of lines, shapes, and value scales.
  2. Tips for making preliminary sketches and for creating interesting compositions (Project 1: Landscape painting from a photograph for reference)
  3. Painting continued. Discuss art and design elements with tips for creating beautiful shadows and unifying.

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 slightly textured, would be appropriate
  • Watercolor brushes: No.12 or No.14 synthetic round, 1- or 2-inch flat (a large hake), No. 2 or No.4 flat synthetic with stiff bristles for scrubbing, a rigger or one of No.2 or No.4 round synthetic
  • 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 (used for outdoor painting and often available at a hardware store), a hair dryer, a knife for cutting paper
  • A roll of gummed tape in dark beige: available at Cass (Fire Station), Carrefour, or Family Food Center (Al Rayyan Branch)

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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Terms & Conditions apply

Participants must buy their own materials

Wed, 18 Apr, 2018
Wed, 9 May, 2018
Wednesdays (No class on May 2, 2018)
5:00pm - 9:00pm
VCUQatar, Room 241
QAR 700


Yang Soon Ju

Yang Soon Ju is an interdisciplinary designer and entrepreneur with a Masters of Fine Art in Design studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design minoring in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar). Besides her design practices, she has many years of experience in watercolor painting, drawing, oil painting, and fashion illustration. She worked for the Hazawi project by Doha Film Institute, the Mshreib project with Tim Makower, and the Sidra uniform project with VCUQatar (VCUarts Qatar now). She has various teaching experiences around the world as an artist, designer, and applied scientist.