The first class will introduce the students to watercolor paints, paper, brushes and other material. We will demonstrate watercolor techniques and brush strokes. The students will follow along with a series of exercises designed to get them comfortable with the paints and then do a painting. During, the next three classes, students will paint a subject from nature, people or abstracts. The use of photo references will be incorporated.
Jean Hopkins studied art at the Laguna Beach School of Art and Design. My watercolor instructor was Roger Armstrong who was a President of the National Watercolor Society. I also used watercolor as a medium when I was a certified Textile and Surface designer. Currently I am working in pastels, however I frequently use a watercolor as the first step in creating a new work. I also use torn pieces of “failed watercolors” in my collages. When I worked for “The Arts in Healthcare” at Eisenhower Medical Center, I taught watercolor to cancer patients and on the medical units.
Ian Cooke was a professional horticulturalist, designing gardens and managing extensive grounds at major UK Universities before moving to Palm Springs. He took up watercolor painting on retirement and with a lifetime experience of working with plants, many of his paintings feature plants or flowers. Although a relatively new artist, the techniques of landscape design and plan drawing gave him a head start when learning to paint.