Watercolor and Pen & Ink Techniques Beyond the Ordinary
Instructor: Eva Nichols
Skill Level: All Levels Welcome
Art Stay III – September 13 – 17, 2017
Class Enrollment Status: Accepting Students
This is a mixed studio-based and on-location class for students at all levels interested in watercolor techniques of a wide variety including pen & ink “doodles”. Through Eva’s painting demonstrations and individual guidance, students will learn fresh ways to push the limits of what watercolors can be. She will also share her techniques for alternative methods of presenting your finished watercolor paintings without mat and frame.
Be ready to “break some watercolor rules”!
If you are interested in deepening and expanding your watercolor horizons, loosening up, working on personal artistic development and having a great time, you will enjoy this class.
In this workshop you may rely on your imagination, your sketches, photos or other source material. (There will be time to explore the area – sketchbook and camera in hand.)
Additional Supplies Students Should Bring to the Workshop:
WATERCOLOR PAINT IN TUBES ARTIST GRADE – BRING YOUR FAVORITES!
Here are some of my favorites:
Quinacrodone Red, Transparent Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Indigo, Cobalt Blue, Antwerp Blue, Quinacrodone Rose, Opera Rose, Quinacrodone Gold, Permanent Magenta
BRUSHES – BRING YOUR FAVORITES!
1 ½ “ or 2″ FLAT WASH (Cheap hog hair or hake brushes are great)
½” flat or angled brush (I prefer a Dagger)
Size 12 & 20 round brush
Size 1 or 2 round detail brush
Size 2 Rigger or Script brush
140 lb or 300lb Arches cold-pressed watercolor paper, ¼ full sheet or larger (4 pieces)
Arches Watercolor block OK
MISCELLANEOUS SUPPLIES – BRING YOUR FAVORITE STUFF!
Color palette w/lid for studio painting
2 Large water containers
Old towel for blotting
Support board approximately 12′ X 16′ (gator board, Masonite, or similar)
Bulldog Clips to hold paper for outdoor painting
Paper towel, Kleenex, Scissors, Exacto Knife, Ruler
Pencil, Kneaded Eraser, Sharpie ultra-fine black marker, Tombow Black Brush Pen, a Koi or Pentel Waterbrush, various artist ink pens such as Pigma Micron or Faber-Castell
Small Spray Bottle, Masking Fluid and Masking Tape (cheap blue tape from Hardware store OK)
Backpack for bringing your painting gear to on-site painting sessions. (We’ll keep it light!)
“Being a retired educator, I am well aware of “great teaching”. Eva is a great teacher. Step by step, theory, praise and so much more.” – Muriel P. Dickey
“Eva is an excellent art instructor. She inspired me to continue learning/striving and gave me hope.” – Johanna Mummau
“Eva was recommended to me by a prior student. She made our class fun, open, educational and inspiring! I learned a lot!” – Ave R.
“I love Eva’s happy, positive and encouraging attitude! Great use of examples and detailed step-by-step instructions.” – Carole Averkin
About the Instructor
I was born in Denmark where I grew up on a farm in Jutland. Art always interested me, however, when I declared I wanted to be an artist my father reminded me that there was a reason for the expression “starving artist”, and I decided to pursue other career choices! Originally I started painting with watercolors because I wanted to be able to paint little sketches as part of my travel journals when I started going on extended kayak trips around the world.
Since then I have completely fallen in love with this fluid and expressive medium – it’s always challenging, and I am constantly learning new methods of expressing different moods and motifs. Color – nature – water – landscapes – flowers and birds inspire me. I paint both plein air as well as in my studio – sometimes I makes up scenes from my imagination, other times I try to convey what I see and feel. Over the last 10 years I have dedicated my time to expanding my artistic talent by exploring and learning from many different teachers and mentors. I am currently a member of The North Tahoe Arts Artisan Shop and I am represented by several galleries. In 2009-2010 I was an Artist In Residence at Mendocino Art Center, CA for 5 months, before moving up to the beautiful High Sierras where I enjoy the endless inspiration of the changing seasons, Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains. I have won numerous awards, which has inspired me further to keep painting and teaching! Currently I am teaching workshops in the Truckee / Tahoe / Reno area as well as abroad.