Painting Classes & Workshops

Short Term Weekend Course in Painting & Sketching (Adults) The natural world around us is full of objects shapes, sizes, forms, colours, and lines, firing the impulse of our ancestors to depict them visually. Gradually, the human mind began to transform even thoughts and feelings into fantastic imagery. However, even to paint abstract forms, the journey in a painting and sketching course must begin by observing and representing nature. The Short Term Painting & Sketching course is designed to give expression to one’s imagination through visual principles like proportion, symmetry and rhythm. To develop one’s drawing skills, courses in sketching will go through various exercises aimed at improving skills to portray nature’s designs on paper. Textures and colour will be added later to the practice to add vividness to an artistic work. Eventually, one can explore emotional meaning in images by representing them with a brush in the painting classes…

Try a crayon resist. Color lines and shapes of the artwork heavily, then cover with watercolor or paint. The waxy crayon will “pop” though the painted surface. Experiment with thinning the watercolor with water.
Experiment with crayon antiquing.

Draw using heavy crayon layers to cover most of a heavy paper such as oak tag or a recycled brown paper grocery bag. Brush or dab black paint, thinned with water, over a small area of the drawing then wipe off immediately. Polish with a soft cloth or tissue. Repeat until entire piece is completed. Special effect and metallic crayons produce very handsome crayon antiquings. This technique may be combined successfully with crayon etching.

Watercolor (American English) or watercolour (British English; see spelling differences), also aquarelle (French loanword), a diminutive of the Latin for water, is a painting method in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-based solution. Watercolor refers to both the medium and the resulting artwork.

The traditional and most common support—material to which the paint is applied—for watercolor paintings is paper. Other supports include papyrus, bark papers, plastics, vellum, leather, fabric, wood and canvas. Watercolor paper is often made entirely or partially with cotton, which gives a good texture and minimizes distortion when wet.[1] Watercolors are usually translucent, and appear luminous because the pigments are laid down in a pure form with few fillers obscuring the pigment colors. Watercolors can also be made opaque by adding Chinese white.

In East Asia, watercolor painting with inks is referred to as brush painting or scroll painting. In Chinese, Korean and Japanese painting it has been the dominant medium, often in monochrome black or browns.[clarification needed] India, Ethiopia and other countries have long watercolor painting traditions as well. Fingerpainting with watercolor paints originated in mainland China.

Acrylic paint is a fast-drying paint made of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. Acrylic paints are water-soluble, but become water-resistant when dry. Depending on how much the paint is diluted with water, or modified with acrylic gels, media, or pastes, the finished acrylic painting can resemble a watercolor or an oil painting, or have its own unique characteristics not attainable with other media.[1] Acrylic paint is typically used for crafting, or in art classes in schools because it does not require any chemicals, and rinses away with just water.[citation needed] It also is less likely to leave a stain on clothes than oil paint.

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