Watercolor 101: The Basics with Sarah Richards

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Talented artist Sarah Richards introduces you to watercolor by showing you the beauty in the basics. Sarah's simple yet creative approach to teaching will leave you feeling relaxed, motivated, and ready to paint! You will learn how to choose the best watercolor brush for you, why texture and weight of watercolor paper are important, and how to... Full Description.
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Watercolor 101: The Basics with Sarah Richards

Talented artist Sarah Richards introduces you to watercolor by showing you the beauty in the basics. Sarah's simple yet creative approach to teaching will leave you feeling relaxed, motivated, and ready to paint! You will learn how to choose the best watercolor brush for you, why texture and weight of watercolor paper are important, and how to prevent your paper from warping as you paint. Not only does Sarah let you in on her helpful artist's secrets and she also teaches you a variety of fun effects that will have you experimenting with your art in so many new ways! Get ready to gain new watercolor confidence and allow yourself to dive into the serene watercolor pool to experience a zen-like feeling you've never experienced before!

Lesson 1 - Basic Watercolor Tips: What Supplies Do You Need?

Watch your confidence grow as Sarah guides you through the basic first steps to getting started with watercolor painting. Have you ever been paralyzed by the many brush choices or confused by the numbers on the front of watercolor paper pad? In this lesson you'll learn exactly which supplies to purchase, what you can use that you have right around your house, and how to use all of them effectively and creatively. You'll love learning about the basics of watercolor supplies and uncover a whole new world of creative possibilities!

Lesson 2 - How Watercolor Works - Let's Get Started!

Take a winding, soothing journey with Sarah as she demonstrates the many ways in which paint moves - and how to make it ultimately go exactly where you want it to! You will learn about brush strokes and angles, how to care for your brushes and how to play with movement to achieve a variety of different watercolor styles. These essential elements will prove to be invaluable tools as you continue to experience the wonder of watercolor.

Lesson 3 - Essential and Easy Watercolor Techniques for Beginners

As you grow in confidence within your watercolor painting, Sarah demonstrates some fun, yet simple techniques to add unique flair and detail to your art. These tips will help you to stand out and will make all who have the pleasure of seeing your creative artistry think you have been doing this for years! With words such as scumbling, lifting, and layering, you'll quickly grow to feel comfortable with all of them!

Lesson 4 - Tips to Understand How Color Works with Watercolor Painting

Have you ever wondered how to effortlessly mix watercolors without creating a brown, muddy mess? Sarah will teach you how to mix like you mean it! You'll get an overview of the color wheel and learn how to mix secondary colors, how to use water to get darker and lighter areas...and how to mix browns, greys, and blacks - on purpose! You will finish this lesson feeling color savvy and ready to mingle...your colors, that is!

Class Details

 

Talented artist Sarah Richards introduces you to watercolor by showing you the beauty in the basics. Sarah's simple yet creative approach to teaching will leave you feeling relaxed, motivated, and ready to paint! You will learn how to choose the best watercolor brush for you, why texture and weight of watercolor paper are important, and how to prevent your paper from warping as you paint. Not only does Sarah let you in on her helpful artist's secrets but she also teaches you a variety of fun effects that will have you experimenting with your art in so many new ways! Get ready to gain new watercolor confidence and allow yourself to dive into the serene watercolor pool to experience a zen-like feeling you've never experienced before!

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About the Teacher

Sarah Richards

Sarah Richards was born and raised in rural Oregon, spending time outdoors or on the theatrical stage. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon in Fine Art (Painting/Drawing) and Western Art History (with an emphasis in Mediterranean Antiquity). While at the University of Oregon, Sarah also extensively studied Communications, Technical Writing and French. After college, Sarah had the pleasure of living in Madrid and working as an English instructor, then in southern France, teaching with the French Ministry of Education and working as a translator in London, England--all while writing and painting. Sarah continues her artistic endeavors and also works in the Marketing Department of Scrapbook.com as a writer/editor/Brand Manager.