Flat Washes in Watercolour

with Colleen Reynolds

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What you will learn in this Fine art course online:

Fundamental Concepts of Art

Class 1:

  • Overview of Composition Concepts

  • Principles and Elements of Design

  • Compositional Aids and Hints

  • Rule of Thirds & Golden Mean

Class 2:

  • Exercise #1 – Establish format, set up painting elements using “Rule of Thirds”

  • Exercise #2 – Complete three “thumbnail sketches” with different compositional ideas, using just one photo reference.

  • Color Theory

Class 3:

  • Color Wheel Basics, Color Relationships

  • Exercise #3 - Paint Color Wheel

  • Discuss Common Color Schemes

  • Discuss and demonstrate Negative Vs Positive Painting

Painting Technique – Flat Washes

Class 4:

  • Understanding pigment properties

  • Hue, Value, Temperature, Intensity, Granulation, Staining Quality, Lightfastness,

  • Discuss types of watercolor washes

  • Gradated, Variegated, Flat

Class 5:

  • Palette / paint preparation

  • Exercise #4 - Paint three (3) flat washes

  • Rough, Cold Press, and Hot Press Paper

Class 6

  • Exercise # 5 - Paint three (3) gradated washes

  • Cold press or rough paper, using 3 different colors

  • Exercise # 6 - Paint three (3) variegated washes

  • Cold press or rough paper, using 3 different colors

Complete Two Paintings

We will work two paintings at once to allow for drying times between layers. Source photos provided in student area.

Class 7:

  • Step 1 - Choose analogous colors

  • Step 2 – Mix Paint

  • Step 3 – Painting 1 – First Wash

Class 8:

  • Step 4 – Painting 2 – First Wash

  • Step 5 – Painting 1 – Draw initial subject layer on top of first wash

  • Step 6 – Painting 2 – Draw initial subject layer on top of first wash

Class 9:

  • Step 7 – Painting 1 – Paint Second Wash, using “negative painting” and flat washes

  • Step 8 – Painting 2 - Paint Second Wash, using “negative painting” and flat washes

  • Repeat Steps 5 -8 for at least two (2) more layers.


About this online course on Watercolor

In this 3-day watercolor painting workshop, participants will learn about composition and color concepts and build skills to create beautiful washes by “pulling a bead” of paint.. Flat washes watercolor course is a must for all watercolor artists

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Time table:
9 hours

Basic / Intermediate / Advanced

Target market:
Anyone who wants to perfect their watercolour painting skills.

Main objective:
Understand and apply the watercolour technique "flat washes".

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About the instructor

Colleen Reynolds

Colleen Reynolds lives and paints in Carson City, Nevada. She teaches art classes through two local colleges, Western Nevada College and Truckee Meadows Community College. Though, Colleen has taught private watercolor classes for many years. Colleen paints watercolor paintings full of life and color, capturing subjects that focus on what she dubs, “The Four Ps” - People, Plants, Pets, and Places.

Throughout her working years, Colleen’s overriding interest has been art. She has accrued over 200 hours in fine art studies, from college and private masters. Colleen has shown her paintings in galleries, joined artist cooperatives and participated in numerous artist exhibitions, fairs, and shows. Colleen's art is currently represented by the Artsy Fartsy Art Gallery in Carson City, Nevada; Taylor Jensen Fine Arts Gallery in New Zealand; and the Ely Art Bank in Ely, Nevada.

Colleen does business through her company, CRM Endeavors. She has a Masters degree in Education and Bachelors degrees in Fine Art and Applied Mathematics. In previous lives, Colleen completed a 20-year U.S. Navy career and taught corporate, college and university courses.

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