We welcome past participants to this class series; all new castles, from varied countries with more focus on the environment than before. All abilities are welcome. We start with setting up the composition; we’ll be working from photos, which involves setting up a grid in pencil of the main lines and then adding the contours of the hills and whatever else makes up the landscape. Students are free to subtract or add on any design elements. Lines will be with Micron pens (available inexpensively at Plaza Art Materials).
See the materials list below; they are indelible, waterproof, and archival. Color will be added last in either watercolor paint or watercolor pencils. Demos will happen at the beginning of class, and students will have received some photos ahead of time.
The castle art shown here is by Kate Lanxner, your instructor, of the Castello di Torrechiara in Parma, Italy.
– Paper: 3 to 6 sheets of watercolor paper (Canson recommended, not too bumpy), 11 x 14″, depending on if you are signing up for 3 or 6 classes.
– Brushes: At least 2 of different sizes, round (pointed) Size 4 and 6 recommended as well as one flat brush about 3/4 to 1 in. wide for doing washes.
– Micron Pen: One black, one brown or burgundy, at least an 03 and an 08 nib width.
– A watercolor set, or set of primary colors, and black in tubes, with glass jars for mixing. Watercolor set recommended for brilliant colors (you can do opaque or transparent): the Connector set by Faber Castell or the Pelikan “Opaque” set. Check the websites of Plaza Art and Blick Art Materials.
– A few sheets of regular drawing paper for preliminary sketches.
– Water cups, paper towels, Q tips.
Instruction will be provided through the Zoom platform. Students will need to have a webcam and the ability to download zoom on their computer, phone, or tablet. Once you register for the class, you will be sent an e-mail with the Zoom URL to log in to the class. Please provide a correct and viable e-mail address when registering as this is how you receive your link.
Please use the Notes section on the registration form to list any accommodations you will need during the class.