Aqueous Mediums, Minimum Age 13+ (Introductory to Advanced Level) – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

Aqueous Mediums, Minimum Age 13+ (Introductory to Advanced Level)

Aqueous Mediums, Minimum Age 13+ (Introductory to Advanced Level)
Date: September 18 – November 13, 2023 (Mondays, 8 weeks)
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm
Instructor: Emma Whaley
Fee: $88 plus HST (Members) | Fee: $101.26 plus HST (Non-Members)

Through the elements of art, the principles of design, this class teaches specific techniques for working with aqueous mediums. Aqueous mediums are water-based mediums for painting and drawing. Learn to create vibrant watercolors and stunning ink drawings in this 8-week course. (No class on October 9)

Unit 1: Getting to Know You and Research
What interests you? What do you like to draw What is a critique? Research strategies to eliminate plagiarism/appropriation. Originality and inspiration to generate your first work of art. Warmup exercises and tackling the empty page.

Unit 2: Elements and Principles
Working with and applying the Elements of Art; Color, Form, Line, Shape, Space, Texture, and Value with aqueous mediums. Working with and applying the Principles of Design; Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity. Applying the Elements and Principles to aqueous mediums.

Unit 3: Figures and Value
The value scale and proportions. How to create an effective composition. Compositional study. The proportions of the human figure. Dynamic poses. Still-life and capturing an object’s shape with a brush.

Unit 4: Texture Working with texture. Brush techniques and overlapping colors. Layered painting to achieve depth, softness, and shine. How to make objects look rough, smooth, or shiny. Using texture and patterns. Difference between texture and pattern when working with aqueous mediums.

Unit 5: Perspective
Drawing in perspective. 1 and 2, and 3-point perspective. Fisheye perspective and the reflection. Giving an image depth. Bird’s eye view and worm’s eye view. Landscape paintings. Inking nature.

Unit 6: Greyscale and Monochrome
Greyscale, and monochrome. How does the color change how we feel about a drawing? Light and how it affects space. Using greyscale to determine value. Aqueous media and shadows. Working with the white of the page.

Materials List:
Watercolor paper pad, Pencil, Erasers (white and or gum) Two plastic paint trays (Emma will provide watercolors to add to one of these trays) Brushes, including: no. 10 round brush, no. 10 flat brush

Emma Whaley is a Graphic Designer from the small town of Brighton Ontario. Today, they are an Illustrator based in Cape Breton. Whaley enjoys exploring new mediums and techniques. A skilled drawer, painter, and fiber artist, Whaley appreciates many forms of art and design. They are also knowledgeable of relief, screen, and intaglio printmaking. Recently Whaley has taken up beadwork and is pursuing a career as a secondary school educator at Cape Breton University. With a background in Atlantic and Art History, Whaley is devoted to the application and appreciation of historical and cultural impacts on contemporary arts and makers.

Advance registration for members begins August 21

General registration for non-members begins September 11

For more information on this program or to register, email