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We just finished our fall/winter session of Watercolor Landscapes class.

Cindy Guzik3

Cindy Guzik3

We worked on five different challenges. We always begin with designing a landscape with a strong and identifiable center of interest. We discuss gridding a reference photo for perspective and cropping it  for the best composition .

Kathleen Smierciak4

Kathleen Smierciak4

Kathleen Smierciak3

Kathleen Smierciak3

In the second week we discussed value contrast and everyone was asked to paint two or three small value studies in one color and then translate one of those studies into a color painting.  We also talked about our palette and how some of our colors fit in value ranges of light, medium and dark.  I showed them how they could make color squares on paper to determine which ones were the darkest and which were lightest. We reached a consensus that most of our brightest colors fell in the mid value range. Our darks seemed to be the staining and more transparent colors of all. Of course there were exceptions but not that many.

Sue Mendenhall5

Sue Mendenhall5

Betty Bercot

Betty Bercot

We discussed how we could divide space and enhance depth and create drama just by changing the values within that space.

 

nancy-longmate4

Nancy Longmate4

henn-laidroo3

Henn Laidroo3

We painted buildings and man-made objects. Notice how the small cars in the fist painting and the people on the deck in the second one ad some life to a painting.

judy-notestine

Judy Notestine

The last week I asked everyone to attempt a painting they would not normally attempt or one that looked too hard.

If you would like to see all of their work you can scroll to the top of the page and click on Student Art: Watercolor Landscape 2016 in the list of pages or just click here.

Thank you to all the artists who shared their art on this blog!

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7 Comments

  1. Great lessons and lively examples Leslie, each work completely adheres to what it was intended for.

  2. Great paintings.

  3. These paintings are awesome

  4. Such wonderfully different paintings, too. You let your students find their ‘voice’ , or should that be ‘hand’…?!

  5. They should all feel very proud of their achievements – lovely work from all of them. You set them some very interesting challenges, all of which will serve them well in their future endeavours. Wishing you and your students all the best for a happy Christmas.

  6. Excellent works. I love the colors in the piece with the hills. I also really like the black and white picture. All are really nice.

  7. Leslie, your students are doing fantastic work and every post of this type is full of valuable reminders. Thank you!


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