This in-depth art retreat for all levels will give clear start-to-finish instruction on the methods, materials, and magic of painting with watercolor to reveal the unique beauty, palette, and complexity of Sierra flora. Discussions, demos, and step-by-step exercises will cover paint brands and pigment properties, paper choice and preparation, types and care of brushes, effects of gum arabic and ox gall, color theory and paint mixing, wet into wet and glazing, working in layers, tips for customizing your own field kit, and framing and other finishing options. Forays to Lakes Basin, Yuba Pass, and around Camp, will allow time to sink into the mountains, identify and study early summer wildflowers, and practice new painting strategies designed to demystify watercolor and empower your own creative process. Our days will end with optional painting during the sunset hour. You’ll take home one completed panel-mounted painting and an impressive collection of studies for future reference and inspiration.
Andie Thrams is a painter and book artist with a lifelong devotion to creative work in wilderness locations. Her work is widely exhibited and is held in both private and public collections including those at Yale University and the University of Washington. She earned a BA in art practice from the University of California at Berkeley and, in addition to Field Camp, she teaches for San Francisco Center for the Book, Sitka Center for Art Ecology and many more. She is currently creating a series of unique artist's books called In Forests. The In Forests books, which record her experiences during treks on foot and by kayak into wild forests from California to Alaska, are a contemporary hybrid of the illuminated manuscript and the field journal. More may be seen on her website: www.andiethrams.com
Please plan to arrive at Field Camp on Sunday, June 5, and allow plenty of time to find your way to your tent, unpack, and settle in. The first class meeting will take place at 5:00 p.m. late Sunday afternoon on the deck just outside the Dining Hall. Each day we'll spend a varying combination of time indoors, in the field, and around Camp, with optional informal sunset painting after dinner. Our walks will range from 1/4 mile up to 3 miles over moderate terrain. Our final meeting will conclude by early afternoon on Friday.
Supplies and Other Useful Items
Art Supply List
3 full-size sheets 140 lb. hot press and/or cold press watercolor paper (Arches or Fabriano are recommended. Buy the best you can afford. Student-grade papers will not work as nicely as better papers will.) Cut or tear each sheet into 6 equal pieces measuring approximately 10 X 11 inches. One full-size sheet of watercolor paper (usually 22 x 30 inches), will yield six 10 X 11-inch pieces. You must be sure to do this before coming to Field Camp!
No. 2 or HB drawing pencil
Prismacolor pencil in the color: Cream
Fine or extra fine black felt tip pen (such as Pigma micron in size .01)
Optional: other colored pencils and/or pastel pencils you may already have
Two large bull dog clips Light weight drawing board at least 11 x 12 inches
Ruler at least 12 inches or longer
1 push pin
One manilla file folder
1 lid from a one-quart yogurt container (Ill bring a few if you dont have one)
Folding palette with ample mixing space
Plastic lettuce bin cover, butcher tray, open palette, or other large open paint mixing space
#10 and #6 round watercolor brushes. Winsor & Newton sable or synthetic brushes (Cotman, Cirrus, Septre Gold, Series 7), or any other brushes you like, will be fine. Travel brushes and/or Pentel water brushes are quite useful. Creative Mark Rhapsody round watercolor brushes are an especially good deal for a decent brush. It will pay off over time to buy the best brush you can afford.
Foam or flat brush at least 2 inches wide (cheap craft or house painting brushes are fine)
Optional brushes: 1/4-inch angle brush, and script, rigger or liner brush
Four small containers for paint mixing & painting water, such as a yogurt container or jar
Small spray bottle
Rag or paper towels
Tube watercolor paints (Please do your best to find these colors. They are the colors I strongly recommend for any basic watercolor kit, and will give you the best results during our workshop. With these paints, you can mix more colors than youll ever need! The better brands are Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith, M. Graham, Utrecht and Holbein. All are readily available in art supply stores and online. I will have extra paint to share, so if you are missing a color, you will be OK.)
? Quinacridone rose or pink (purple-biased red)
? Cadmium red (orange-biased red)
? Ultramarine blue (purple-biased blue)
? Phthalo or cerulean blue (green-biased blue)
? Lemon yellow or cadmium yellow pale or hansa yellow light (green-biased yellow)
? Cadmium yellow deep (orange-biased yellow)
? Sap green (good all around green)
? Oxide of chromium (helpful green for plants)
? Ultramarine or other purple you like
? Pyrrole orange or other orange you like
? Burnt sienna
? Quinacridone gold
? Permanent white gouache (not watercolor)
PLEASE NOTE: This class will be held almost entirely outdoors! Please be prepared for mountain weather, and bring what you need to be comfortable!
It is very important that your day pack be able to hold your art supplies, water bottle, clothing layers, etc.