Exploration Watercolor: “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!” -Valerie Frizzle

Exploration Watercolor is a class that’s designed for students to learn by doing; therefore, they will be invited to dive right in, and (as Ms. Frizzle would say) take chances, make mistakes, and get messy! Class is divided into six smaller parts:

Color Theory - We will be spending a small portion of each class period immersing ourselves in color. We will do this by working through the color exercises and meditations found in the book A Field Guide to Color by Lisa Solomon

Group Collaboration Projects - This year at ASA our theme is Aspire Higher Together. We will incorporate this theme by working on in-class group watercolor activities. 

Service Opportunities - We want to show our students how art can be used for the benefit of others. We will be participating once a month in a program called Let’s Make Art Matter where we will paint postcards for people who could use some cheering up and send them in the mail. (Postcards will be sent anonymously with no return address given.)

Techniques/skills/styles - Using the book No Fail Watercolor by Mako we will spend a portion of each class exploring some of the skills and techniques of watercolor painting. 

Individual Exploration Projects - Time will be given in class each week for students to freely explore what they want to explore within the realm of watercolor. Students can choose from a wide variety of watercolor books to pick a project out of, finish up something they were working on earlier in class, or use the time to work on a painting of their own.  

Homework - Expect 1 to 2 hours of homework per week. Homework will typically be picking one online watercolor tutorial and following it (a list of recommended watercolor tutorials will be provided). Students will post their homework each week on the class Slack channel and students will be encouraged to give each other positive feedback.

Time

3:00-5:00

Ages

12-18

Cell

Mentors
Krystal Swan 

Danielle Bruening


Level
All Levels


Depth or Breadth? 
Breadth

Tuition
Fall Semester

$100


Winter Semester

$60

Prerequisites

Watch the Let’s Make Art Watercolor Beginner Series, Episodes 1-5 (you can search for these on YouTube):

Watercolor Beginner Series Episode 1 - Materials (20 min)
Watercolor Beginner Series Episode 2 - Color Theory (10 min)
Watercolor Beginner Series Episode 3 - Techniques (30 min)
Watercolor Beginner Series Episode 4 - Tips & Tricks (10 min)
Watercolor Beginner Series Episode 5 - Textures (20 min)

Materials Required

Students will be required to provide some of their own materials. IMPORTANT: These will be needed on the first day of class and for every class.

Internet access for homework assignments
Painters tape any kind will be fine (but probably don’t want any wider than an inch)
Cup for water can be plastic or glass (but plastic is probably cheaper and easier to take in a backpack)
Pencil with eraser
Paper towels or dish towel
Extra watercolor paper/brushes/paints (optional, not necessary)
A paint shirt or smock if desired (optional, not necessary)

Here is a list of supplies from Fall semester that students who are joining for winter (but didn’t take in fall) will need to purchase.

Homework

Expect 1 to 2 hours of homework per week. Homework will typically be picking one online watercolor tutorial and following it (a list of recommended watercolor tutorials will be provided). Students will post their homework each week on the class Slack channel and students will be encouraged to give each other positive feedback.

Notes

All class communication will be done through a class Slack channel under the Students of ASA workspace. Students will need weekly access to Slack through the website or using the Slack app. An invite to this private channel will be sent out after registration.

Before the first day of class, students need to watch the Let’s Make Art Watercolor Beginner Series, Episodes 1-5 (see the episode titles below). These 5 videos are an introduction and overview of watercolor and they are fantastic. Student’s don’t need to paint anything before the first class (unless they want to), just watch. We’ll go over any questions on the first day of class, but this way we can jump right into painting and skip a lot of talking, because talking about painting isn’t as fun as painting 🙂 

Watercolor Beginner Series Episode 1 - Materials (20 min)
Watercolor Beginner Series Episode 2 - Color Theory (10 min)
Watercolor Beginner Series Episode 3 - Techniques (30 min)
Watercolor Beginner Series Episode 4 - Tips & Tricks (10 min)
Watercolor Beginner Series Episode 5 - Textures (20 min)

Books Students Provide

Title: A Field Guide to Color: A Watercolor Workbook by Lisa Solomon
Required: yes
Own or share with sibling? Can share
Notes:
Purchase here on Amazon.

Books Students Provide

Title: No-Fail Watercolor: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Painting with Confidence by Mako
Required: yes
Own or share with sibling? Can share
Notes: 
Purchase here on Amazon.