Welcome to Watercolor!
Project #1 - Color Chart
1) Learn how your colors mix together to create a variety of interesting colors.
2) Learn how saturation affected watercolor pigmentation.
Step 1. Create a 12x12 squares measuring 3/4" each.
Step 2. Label the top row and left side row the colors in your palette. In order they are gambouge, yellow, leaf green, hookers green, ultramarine, prussian blue, vermillion, carmine, burnt sienna, van dyke brown, and black. Do you include white. Do not fill in the top left square.
Step 3. Divide your chart in half with a diagonal line.
Step 4. Mix colors together corresponding with the chart. One half should be highly saturation and the other side should have little saturation.
Project #2 - Technique Chart
1) Learn a variety of new techniques to learn throughout the quarter.
2) Learn how utilize the brush to achieve a variety of textures and effects.
Step 1. Divide a sheet of paper into 21 square. Label the squares as following:
Step 2. Follow links to the youtube videos and complete the chart. Think especially about what you could use the techniques for in a large painting.
Project #3 - Abstract Painting
1) Solidify watercolor techniques and how to use them.
2) Understand basic composition techniques.
Intro to Miniature Painting Project
Review watercolor techniques
For this assignment you will create a LARGE composition using EVERY watercolor technique learned. Color schemes and specific composition are your choice, but you must every single technique. Once finished, cut a viewfinder out of scratch paper, this will help you locate strong compositions. When the painting dries, you can then use the viewfinder to locate especially strong pieces.
Step 1. Create a non-objective painting using every technique we learned.
Step 2. Create a viewfinder out of a scratch sheet of paper.
Step 3. Using the viewfinder, select 10 compositions with strong composition.
Step 4. Label the back of the composition with all composition and watercolor techniques used.
Step 5. Choose your favorite and use it to create a large, finished abstract piece.
Project #4 - Monochromatic Painting
1) Create a painting using one color focusing especially on value.
2) Practice drawing skills by working from still life.
Step 1. Create a 10 step value with any color. You can choose to use black or not. Pay careful attention to saturation.
Step 2. Create your own still life as a table using at least 5 objects.
Step 3. Create 4 value sketches of your still. Remember proper composition!
Step 4. Choose your favorite of the four sketches to create your large monochromatic painting.
Step 5. LIGHTLY sketch the image onto your large sketchbook paper.
Step 6. Begin painting! Remember to start LIGHTER and slowly layer in darker colors. Save the details for the very end.
Project #5 - O'Keeffe Flower Painting
1) Students will understand and replicate the elements of Georgia O'Keeffe's floral work.
2) Students will paint flowers with both accurate color and accurate value.
Step 1. Read about the life of Georgia O'Keeffe. Write a paragraph summarizing her work and life. Pay special attention to the use of value in her work.
Step 2. Create your own floral still life. It's helpful to choose a flower that contains many noticeable values.
Step 3. Make three value sketches of your flower. Include AT LEAST three values in your sketches.
Step 4. Practice the painting using three techniques; wet in wet, controlled wash, dry brush.
Step 5. Begin the painting. Try to work from light to dark. What the video to see how the artist manipulates water to create both hard and soft edges for their flower image. Use your color chart to match color closely. Do not take color straight from your palette.
Project #6 - Landscape Painting
1) Students will understand the components of atmospheric perspective and how to use it in a landscape painting.
2) Students will practice techniques for painting tree, water, and skies and utilize these techniques in their own work.
Complete sky practice - cloudy sky, evening sky
Complete water reflection practice
Complete tree practice - summer tree, winter tree
Step 1. Find a landscape image online that fulfills the requirements of 5 elements of atmospheric perspective.
Step 2. Create three value sketches of your composition. Remember to change things in your composition to make it more interesting. Remember foreground, middle ground, background and rule of thirds.
Step 3. Begin landscape painting. Remember to begin with the sky and slowing build in the foreground and dark values.
Project #7 - Student Choice Project
1) Student will direct their own create guidelines for subject matter.
2) Student will prioritize their own techniques to create their desired work.