08) 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. Introduction 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. Students also will be introduced to flat washes and value scales.
  2. Introduction to negative painting techniques using flat, graded and variegated washes.
  3. View a variety of watercolor still life examples. Paint from a still life arrangement 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 and principles.
  5. View a variety of watercolor landscape painting examples and begin creating dynamic compositions with a focus on landscape painting, using photographs for reference.
  6. Exploration of color schemes and color mixing with tips for creating beautiful shadows.
  7. Landscape painting continued.
  8. 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 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
  • The 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:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • 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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Participants must buy their own materials

Wed, 23 Oct, 2019
Wed, 11 Dec, 2019
5:30pm - 8:30pm
VCUarts Qatar
QAR 1500


Yang Soon Ju

Yang Soon Ju is an interdisciplinary designer and entrepreneur with a Masters of Fine Art degree, 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 more than ten 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).  Her entrepreneurial positions in Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Qatar span two decades, ranging from founding an English-speaking school; textile trading; and designing/producing household items and specialty clothing, as well as marketing those products, to consulting in financial auditing/ bookkeeping and business management. In addition to her entrepreneurial experiences, she has various teaching careers as an applied scientist, artist, and designer, in several places including VCUartsQatar for both community/continuing education and fashion design departments.

Her specialties include:
Garment construction; fashion drawing including sketches, fashion illustration, and technical drawing both by computer or by hand; digital jewelry using Adobe Illustrator, laser cutters, Rhino, and 3D printers; and creating surface design for textiles using digital tools: Microsoft Suite, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop & InDesign.