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Abstract Watercolor Painting with Erin McIntosh

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(from 10am-4pm, with a break for lunch)

Explore abstraction through watercolor, composition, and color in this three-part class. You will learn basic watercolor techniques such as wet-into-wet, glazing, and water/edge control to produce a variety of effects. We will then build on this introduction by diving into various approaches of abstraction. Learn ways of loosening up, painting from your imagination and altering observed form in a way that is playful, intuitive, and improvisational. The final class will focus on color theory and investigate mixing color and putting colors together to create harmonious abstract compositions. This class is great for beginners new to the medium and for those new to abstraction.


Lesson one
Watercolor fundamentals: washes, gradients, wet-into-wet, glazing, drybrush, edge control, glazing, watercolor. Practice techniques to gain more control.

Lesson two
Abstraction: approaches to developing a personal vocabulary of marks, abstracting from nature, inventing form and finding your language. Work on a series of small studies.

Lesson three
Color: using color harmoniously. Explore color mixing, palettes, and the relationship between value and color. Construct a more complex original watercolor composition.

>> There will be a $25 supply fee for this class. Or, if you have your own supplies, you are welcome to bring your own. Here's what you'll need:

  • Paint - a set of 8-12 colors. Erin's preferred palette is: Cobalt Teal, Ultramarine Blue, Lavender, Quinacridone Violet, Cadmium Red Light, Hansa Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, and Burnt Umber
  • Paper - a pad of 9"x12" cold-pressed watercolor paper and a full sheet (22"x30") of Arches 140lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper
  • Brushes - 3/4" Oval Wash, Round #4, and 1/2" Flat
  • Palette - a large folding palette that closes

This Class is limited to 8 students. We love this class because we get a lot of great, nerdy info by testing several different painting techniques, making our own reference sheets, and experimenting with different color mixtures. When our last class was over, no one wanted to leave—we all wanted to stay and keep painting! We hope you’ll join us for this new all-day session.


Teacher Bio

Erin McIntosh is best known for her process-driven, colorful abstractions that explore a range of organic and geometric forms. McIntosh has exhibited throughout the southeast including Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and The Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, GA. Her paintings have been published in New American Paintings and in Create Magazine. She currently is Assistant Professor at the University of North Georgia and has taught for The University of Georgia’s Study Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy. She holds two B.F.A.s and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from The University of Georgia. McIntosh’s paintings are represented by Gregg Irby Gallery in Atlanta, GA. She lives and works in Athens, GA.

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