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Date(s) - 02/04/2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Artists' Studio Association classroom

Intimate Mushroom Portraits in Watercolor –
Instructor Nora Sherwood 541-283-5949

This is a two day workshop. Plan to attend both days.

1:00 – 4:00 PM
Sundays, February 4 and 11

The translucent nature of the surface of a mushroom makes it the perfect candidate for illustrating in watercolor. Mushrooms make great subject matter for learning about the power of watercolors! The focus will be on pushing your watercolor skills to create sensitive mushroom portraits that glow. In addition, you’ll gain knowledge about watercolors specifically, and color theory in general, that can be applied to your other watercolor projects. Since it’s not mushroom season, feel free to bring photos of any mushrooms you particularly love and would like to illustrate. I’ll bring some as well.

Fee: $80.00 for ASA members and $95.00 for non-members. Plan to pay with cash or check at the beginning of class

To Register: call Nora or book your space below.

Materials provided by the instructor: Paper and reference photos

Materials the student should provide:

  • A sketch pad for initial drawings
  • Pencils for graphite study – I typically use three pencils – F, 2B and 4B
  • Eraser, sharpener, and tortillions/stumps if you like to use them
  • Clear plastic ruler
  • Watercolors – if you already have a set that you like, please bring it. If you don’t have watercolors or your set needs some updating, these are some colors I use a lot. These are just suggestions – please don’t feel obligated to buy these! (We won’t use a lot of paint in the class, and I’d be happy to share a dab of mine if you’d like to try one.)
    • Phthalo blue
    • Cadmium red
    • Alizarin crimson
    • Quinadrinone gold
    • New gambone
    • Hansa yellow
    • Sap green
    • Ram umber
    • Burnt umber
    • Raw sienna
    • Burnt sienna
    • Neutral tint
  • (Note on watercolors – I’ve found it really benefits me to pay the extra for the good quality, professional paints, and I only use tube paints.)
  • Brushes – other than a 1 1/2 inch wash brush, I exclusively use round brushes, ranging in size from 4 to 00. Everybody has their favorite type of brush, and mine is Da Vinci Cosmotop spins… I love them and they’re vegan. Bring what you have, and buy a few new ones if yours are old and crusty…

Other watercolor materials – palette, water jars (I use two), paper towels, and anything else you need.