Watercolor Workshop

Learn the first steps of this amazing media and its diverse possibilities of use. In this two-day workshop participants will deal with the basic principles of the technique and experience the watercolor in three practical exercises: botanical illustration, urban/landscape plein air drawing and living model.  No prior experience with watercolor or drawing is required. All necessary aspects of watercolor will be discussed including material, different techniques and examples of utilization.

Here is a brief outline of the process that will be presented in this workshop:

– Presentation of the material: history of the watercolor, different materials and possibilities of use, color theory and experimentation exercises.

– First exercise: botanical illustration – using flowers and leaves we will explain the first steps about layer overlay in watercolor.

– Second exercise: drawing the town – we will use the landscape and the buildings around us to observe and do some plein air watercolors. This kind of drawings is very interesting for sketchbook and travel journals.

– Third exercise: living model – we will finish our workshop with this art activity that allows each one to use the potential of watercolor in the expression of the human body.

The following materials will be provided: paper, ink pen, water container, masking tape and all the material for the three exercises.

Students provide:
Basic watercolor case and Two soft round brushes with sizes between 2 and 8.
When you register for the workshop, we will send some suggestions of materials to purchase in Silver City or Internet.  If you already have some watercolor material, you don’t need to buy a new one. Just bring what you have.

About Instructor João Galera:

João Galera is a Brazilian artist currently living and working in Silver City as the first artist-in-residence for the WNMU and the town of Silver City. He has a B.A. in Agronomy, was a doctoral student in Anthropology in Spain and conducted his field research in an indigenous community in Mexico. He is a multi-artist, who does drawing, painting, collage and sewing, but it is the act of drawing that makes him forget time. He has participated in collective and individual exhibits in Brazil, USA and Mexico. He is currently exploring the theme of personal and collective memory for his creations. His latest project, Antes que acabe was displayed at the Museu da Casa Brasileira in June / July 2016. He also was selected for the 9th Salão dos Artistas sem Galeria, a prominent exhibit in three galleries in Brazil. In May 2018, he participated in an arts residency at “W Residência Artística” in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil.

Date: Saturday March 7th and Sunday, March 8th, 2020
Time: 10 am – 3:30pm
Cost:   $150, most supplies included 

If you are unable to register, the workshop may be full. Please email Karen to be placed on a waiting list. Karen@lightartspace.com

Instructor: João Galera
Location: Light Art Space
Phone: 520-240-7075
Address:  209 West Broadway, Silver City, NM 88061

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