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Trees, Water and Sky
August 5 – 7: Students work at their own level in this 3 day class. Mistakes are required and successful painting is within your reach. Give yourself permission to try, and painting can provide relief from the stress of everyday life.
Techniques such as wet on wet, dry brush, splatter and many more will be demonstrated. Learn about mixing water with pigment to make colors muted or bolder. The ratio of water to paint is the key to successful watercolor results. An experienced instructor, Mary will give individual instruction and encouragement to all.
Many beginning or one-time painters are reluctant to join a class, because they are “not good enough” or have had a discouraging teacher in the past. No skills are required or needed. Everybody has to start somewhere and an attitude of “we’ve all been there” is what you will find in her classes. So, pick up your brush and join the fun![tabby title=”Instructor Bio”] Teaching confidence first, Mary Guntzviller instructs with demonstrations and a touch of humor. Painting techniques, composition, and drawing skills follow. Her workshop locations include St. John, Virgin Islands, many of the art centers in Northern Michigan, plus Battle Creek, South Haven, Tustin, and Mackinac Island, and also in Ohio.
Mary holds a BFA from Wayne State University, with a major in Fine Art, including an emphasis in figure sculpture, also, a Fashion Design degree, where she designed and executed wedding dresses. Many of her finals for WSU were three-dimensional sculptures in fabric.
Tuesday, August 6, Time: 1 pm – 4 pm
Wednesday, August 7, Time: 1 pm – 4 pm[tabby title=”Supply List”] If you are buying supplies for the first time check out the “minimum” supplies in Bold.
Drawing or Mechanical pencil (HB or softer); school pencils are fine
sketchbook (or any drawing paper);
paint; at a minimum, the first three paint colors. (PLUS any & all of your favorite colors;
Cerulean blue, Yellow, a Purple Red (“Alizarin Crimson”, “Perm Rose”, etc)
Ultramarine blue, Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna, Cad Red, A dark purple
brushes; at a minimum, 3 brushes Brushes with fine, thin hair, labeled for Watercolor/Acrylic.
small pointed round, #6 or #8,
Flat, ½” or ¾”
a bigger brush for washes (If beginner, i’ll lend you one until you understand what to buy)
Small (⅛” or ¼”) flat
Rigger or Script brush for tree limbs
D’Arches (Arches) 140 LB Cold Press (CP) PAPER; (NO other brand, not Canson or Strathmore, see B below)
palette; with at least a 10” x 10” mixing area
You will need, at a minimum, any flat WHITE surface to mix colors; Styrofoam dinner plates work really well.
board(at least 13”x16”) to hold w/c paper;
water container (for rinsing brushes; “cool whip” type container works)
masking fluid: PEBEO DRAWING GUM ONLY (If you are not interested, don’t buy)
masking tape (3M or Scotch Brand)
rubber cement pick up (If you are going to try masking fluid)
spray bottle with adjustable nozzle, for water
pliers for opening tubes of paint
humor (maximum amount; no minimum here!)
big bag to carry everything!!!!!
Supplies the instructor carries for students to purchase
1) D’Arches 140 Cold Press watercolor paper; one-quarter sheets (approx. 15” x 11.25”)
2) Oval Wash Silver Brush (my favorite)[tabby title=”Refund Policy”] We understand that your plans might change. If they do, notify the GAAC office as soon as possible. Requests for cancellation by the student at least thirty (30) days prior to the first day of the workshop will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee). NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than thirty (30) days prior to the first day of the workshop. [tabbyending]