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Watercolor Workshop: Spring Florals

This virtual class is part of Margaret Dwyer’s Celebrate Spring workshop series.

After a long winter it’s finally spring! Learn about materials, color mixing, brushwork, and techniques unique to watercolor as we explore spring themes. Early blooms, spring greens, warmer skies... you get the idea. Leave winter behind and celebrate spring with bright palettes and fresh new ideas.

Spring blooms add an amazing touch of color this time of year. Whether it’s a bouquet of flowers or a flowering plant, gather some blooms for an indoor garden party. Paint as large or small as you like. A couple of different approaches to beginning these pieces will be demonstrated. Choose which one feels right for you.

This class is offered as part of Margaret’s series on spring themes in watercolor. Students must bring their own materials (see supply list below). Choose to register for as many classes as you like! 

Workshops will be live-streamed and we will send you details about how to access your class before the class meeting. Technology requirements for participants:

1. High speed internet connection

2. Electronic device (laptop recommended) with working camera, microphone, and speakers

For more information about Artistree virtual classes, please contact Karen Rodis at artsined@artistreevt.org.


Margaret Dwyer’s Recommended Watercolor Supply List

Dick Blick or Cheap Joe’s are good online sources


Tube watercolors – (suggested brands): winsor newton, rembrandt, holbein, daniel smith, grumbacher

These 3 colors will allow for many mixable colors. They are warm colors and all are transparent.

quinacridone gold (please do not use da vinci paint brand for this color)

phthalo blue

permanent alizarin crimson.

If you can invest in additional colors, these 3 primaries are cool colors and opaque.

ultramarine blue

lemon yellow

Cadmium red deep

Colors will be discussed during the class and other recommendations will be made.

(if you have additional colors, please bring them)


Watercolor brushes:

My favorite brushes are Robert Simmons White Sable Brushes.

https://www.cheapjoes.com/robert-simmons-white-sable-brushes.html

These are short handled, synthetic white taklon brushes that last and keep a good point. They are a quality product for not a lot of money. I would recommend 8 and 12 or 14 in the short handled pointed round series. They also make a brush called a "goliath." It is part of the same series. It is a larger brush in the round series that comes in 3 sizes (26, 30, 36). If you can afford to add a goliath brush to your collection, you will love it. Start with size 26 or 30. A wide flat brush is useful for wetting the whole paper if you have one.

Cheap Joe’s makes a knock off version of the pointed round series.

There is no “goliath” brush included in the knock off series, but the smaller sizes are there. Go with a size

8 and 12 or 14.

https://www.cheapjoes.com/cheap-joe-s-starving-artist-white-synthetic-brushes.html


Watercolor paper:

Arches cold pressed paper 140# or higher. One full-sized sheet (22”x30”) cut into quarters. Arches sketch pads and blocks are ok if they are 11x14 or larger. You will have to remove a few pieces from the block before beginning as you will have a couple of paintings in progress while you wait for things to dry.


Palette:

A palette made of plastic, ceramic, or white enamel with large wells for mixing colors. Even a stack of white plastic dishes is a good choice. The round palettes with small wells are not large enough for mixing. I like the ones that look like muffin pans but they are made of plastic. Large, flat palettes with big spaces for mixing are good too.

Please do not use palettes with dried paints on them. Watercolor paints do not rejuvenate back to

their full strength once they have dried and will not work with the techniques in the class.


Miscellaneous:

A large, cotton towel to put under your paper, roll of paper towels, 2 large plastic containers for rinsing out brushes while painting (no smaller than a large yogurt container). Spray bottle with water (like a windex bottle or something similar). A container of salt.


 

Margaret Dwyer earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Siena Heights University and her Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Margaret works in several 2D and 3D mediums, with watercolor being her favorite. She is also a mural artist, having created dozens of murals both public and private throughout New England. Her work has been recognized in numerous juried national and international exhibitions and has been published in fine art books and magazines. Margaret is the 2019/2020 Artist in Residence at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. She currently teaches fine art through Kimpton Brook Art Studio in Wilmot, NH and ArtisTree. For more information about Margaret, visit her website