Inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s iconic depictions of magnified flowers, this intermediate class will explore watercolor compositions using floral forms in close-up views. Through live demonstration, Sudeshna Sengupta will guide you through negative-positive painting using a wet-in-wet paint application technique, an essential skill watercolorists use to define main positive shapes by painting the background (or the negative spaces) around them. In addition to reference photos of flower close-ups, you may follow the poppy flower used during the in-class demonstration.
Supplies needed for this class:
- A set of watercolor paints (either tubes or half-pans)
- Watercolor pad or block of Strathmore 400 series or any other brand in any size between 9” x 12” and 11” x 15” 3.
- A regular 2 pencil (a.k.a. HB) and an eraser
- Round and Flat Watercolor brushes (synthetic ‘Taklon’ brushes are fine): 3 to 4 Round brushes in the range of Size 8, 10, 12, 14 and 1 Flat brush of 1⁄2” to 1” width
- Watercolor palette with multiple wells and a larger area to mix paints.
- Q-tips and paper towel or pieces of cotton rag (cut up pieces from a clean, used t-shirt works great)
- Masking tape if a watercolor pad is used instead of a watercolor block
- 2 to 3 empty glass jars or containers for holding water. Used yogurt containers or wide-mouth smaller glass jars work well
- Optional: a plastic disposable knife, or a plastic cap of ball point pen, or an old credit card, or a similar plastic tool with a blunt edge or point for optional sgraffito/scraping technique.
- Optional: Hair dryer if available
- Optional: A yellow wax crayon or a white wax crayon or a small piece of candle for optional resist techniques,
- Optional: Watercolor pencils if preferred.
This class is suitable for youth ages 12 and up. Children are welcome to participate alongside their adults.
Space is limited, reservations required.
This program will take place via the video conferencing app – ZOOM. Details for accessing the Zoom meeting will be with your receipt upon registering and again sent via email the day prior. Please register in advance in order to access the program.
Note that all program times are in Mountain Time.
About the Instructor:
Sudeshna Sengupta’s career as a teaching artist spans multiple decades, continents, and cultures that inform her pedagogy for decolonizing studio art. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1985 from Visva-Bharati, an international university founded in India, by the humanist poet Tagore, the first non-European Nobel Laureate (1913). After teaching art and design at the college level in New Delhi, Seattle, and California, she taught at NMSU-Alamogordo, where she established its first intaglio printmaking studio in 1995. Since moving to Santa Fe, she has been teaching credit courses in online studio art at the Santa Fe Community College. She also conducts workshops and short courses and presents lectures and community-based art events for various age groups with civic, cultural, and community organizations in the US and in India, often with a focus on multicultural and inter-cultural experiences that emphasize human, cultural, and environmental connectedness through creativity. To see her art please visit: notes-and-doodles.com
This class is being offered on a sliding scale:
$10; minimal fee.
$20; covers the cost of the class.
$30; covers the cost of the class, plus a contribution to support educational programs.
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