Beginning Watercolor Class
Adult Enrichment / Arts, Crafts, and Hobbies -
Instructor: Lea Makinen
Explore the delights of watercolor basics with a variety of detailed techniques to draw and paint beautiful pictures of animals and birds from the Northland. The instructor will guide you step-by-step to achieve the best results. This is a fun, creative, and interesting class! You will have two exciting pictures to show your friends and family. A downloadable reference picture will be sent to you prior to the first class. This class will be conducted via Zoom. No class 2/16.
(Good art supply stores include the UMD Bookstore, where you can purchase a professional quality palette with a lid and high quality brushes)
Plastic Watercolor Palette (9-10 wells or more)
Short handled watercolor brushes
Rounds--1, 1/16" wide
Filberts--1, 3/8" wide pick two of these three 5/32", 5/8" or 1/4"
1-2 pads of Watercolor Paper in a size like 9x12, 11x14, 11x15, 12x15, 12x16, or 12x18 depending on availability. 120 lb. paper or higher (Arches is best)
Watercolor paints-student grade (Like student grade: Winsor Newton's Cotman and Grumbacher Academy are best--or you could buy higher quality paints such as Winsor Newton or Daniel Smith for a more professional result. A set of paints is often the least expensive option.
Titanium White (2)
Mars Black (or Ivory Black)
Magenta or Rose
Yellow Medium (For Yellows, Oranges, and Reds, (Hansa, Acra, or Cadmium Hue is fine too)
Yellow Light (for Yellows, Oranges, and Reds, (Hansa, Acra, or Cadmium Hue is fine too)
Orange Medium (For Yellows, Oranges, and Reds, (Hansa, Acra, or Cadmium Hue is fine too)
Water Jars: Like PB&J, Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, etc. (glass or plastic)
2b or hb pencil
white vinyl eraser (or pink pearl)
Sharpener (preferably with shavings catcher)
Optional: (We probably won't need these right away)
Plastic Wrap or plastic bag
Lea Makinen is a degreed and experienced art teacher and working professional artist who has worked extensively with public and private schools in bringing quality visual arts programs to children and adults. She has won awards for her story illustrations and watercolors. Some of her work includes cartooning, calligraphy, drawing, acrylics and watercolor painting. She is also proficient in puppetry construction, costume and set design as well as theater arts. Many of her students have gone on to pursue art as a career in animation and design. Her art has been displayed in numerous galleries across the Northland.