Friday, March 13, 2009

Painting and Sketching Workshop

Painting and Sketching for Personal Enjoyment
A half–day sketch and watercolor workshop

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2009
Place: Mecca on Main, 210 South Main Street, Aubrey, TX
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Tuition: $20 to “Mecca on Main: is requested at time of workshop.
Instructor / Facilitator: Michael Borne, professional architect and watercolorist, best known as Carolyn’s husband

Lesson Plan: “Simple architectural shapes: How to sketch them / How to paint them”

Recommended Age Group: Adults and teens 16 and older, beginners and advanced.

Supplies: Each student provides his/her own supplies. Some supplies will be available for individual use. The more experienced participant should use whatever current supplies he/she is used to.
Recommended Supply List:
􀂃Paper: 140# watercolor paper in small sizes: 9” x 12” to 11” x 15” size. Sketch book for pencil sketching and notes, 9” x 12” or smaller. Watercolor pads or blocks are good.
􀂃Soft pencils – HB or 2B or No. 2 pencils and an eraser. A kneaded eraser works well.
􀂃Watercolor brushes: Synthetic nylon, either white or gold. Both flats and rounds are good. Recommendations are No. 12 and No. 8 rounds and a 1” wide flat.
􀂃Watercolor paints – Any red, blue, and yellow will work. Other colors can be mixed from these three. Good pigments would be Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow Light or New Gamboge, and Ultramarine Blue or French Ultramarine. Additional pigments I use for architectural subjects and landscapes are Burnt Sienna and either Raw Sienna or Yellow Ochre.
􀂃Small plastic palette or just a white plastic, China, or Styrofoam dinner plate. (But not your grandmother’s good China!) This is for mixing the paint with water.
􀂃A rigid board slightly larger than the watercolor paper and masking tape to fasten the watercolor paper to the board. This will help to minimize paper buckling when wet. Foam Core board, card board, or stiff matt board works well.
􀂃Small plastic water container, like a Cool Whip bowl or small Tupperware container.
􀂃Soft “facial” tissues (no lotion) and paper towels.

All of these supplies are available at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, Aaron Brothers, Jo Ann’s, and other local crafts shops.
The workshop is very informal. Wear comfortable clothes and bring personal refreshments and snacks as desired. Visitors and non-painters welcome.


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