Nature Journaling with Cynthia Quinn
Sat-Sun, April 18-19, 2020 | 9am-4pm, might finish early second day | Ages 16+
590 Water St, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578
Class Fee: $150/person (“Family” level members and up save 10% on classes! Enter member coupon code at checkout. For more info about becoming a member, click here)
Combine your interests in art and nature by starting a sketchbook journal in this two-day workshop. Start with the basics of drawing fundamentals, then begin to explore using various media. Pen and ink, watercolor pencil, and watercolor techniques will be presented along with ways to incorporate words or poems, and decorative borders. Cynthia will present many examples from her journals, give brief demonstrations to generate ideas and will work one on one with students to assist as you get started. Cynthia has been teaching this popular class for a number of years to students of all levels of experience. This class sold out last year here at River Arts Inc. Beginners are welcome.
Covered in this class:
- The drawing process
- Sketching with graphite pencils, adding pen & ink
- Basics of watercolor painting and using watercolor pencils
- Informal calligraphic techniques
- Page Composition
- Working from life & from photos
- Using your camera & Internet for ideas
Supplies to bring: The items below are recommended and we will use them all, however you may edit based on your interests. For example, if you aren’t keen on watercolor painting and would like to focus mainly on drawing, you may choose not to buy the paints.
- A SKETCHBOOK with good quality paper, preferably watercolor paper (especially if you want to paint on some of your drawings). Recommended brands- Arches Watercolor 140lb cold press paper or Moleskine Watercolor, cold press paper. Also an Arches watercolor block in a small size would work. I generally work in a 5 x 8” size sketchbook. Also, tinted drawing/painting papers can be used, or blank postcards on good paper are often available at art supply stores.
- Photos of plants and animals you would like to draw or actual flora and fauna
- Graphite pencil HB or B lead (sharpener for pencil), or mechanical pencil with HB or B lead
- Kneaded eraser
- India ink, pen point holder, and Speedball #512 pen tip, and/or a Micron or Staedtler ink pen (permanent ink) size 01. (optional- additional colored inks or pens, I use Walnut drawing ink quite a lot)
- Round tip watercolor brush, Size 6 – 8 (Winsor Newton Sceptre is a good synthetic brand & not too expensive, a sable brush is even better)
- Medium-sized white plastic palette with paint mixing area o Tracing paper, 9 x 12” size or so
- Water container
- Paper towels
- Exacto knife or scissors
- Camera (optional, but helpful to have with you at all times)
- WATERCOLOR PENCILS- A set of 12 or more is best for color selection. Avoid those that look like crayons.
- WATERCOLORS 5ML TUBES OR HALF PANS- Artists’ quality paints are preferred. Winsor Newton brand is the easiest to find, however you can use other brands. Feel free to bring any watercolors you own. The following colors are recommended if you don’t have any.
- Transparent Yellow or Cadmium Yellow, Quinacridone Red, Permanent Rose, French Ultramarine Blue, Winsor Blue (green shade) also called Phthalo Blue, Burnt Umber