5 First Street Unit 3A, Orangeville Ontario L9W 1E1 * 519-217-3059

Watercolours with Ricky * 6 Mondays 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM * May 13 - June 24, 2024

Watercolours with Ricky * 6 Mondays 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM * May 13 - June 24, 2024

Regular price $230.00 Sale

Ages: Adults (Ages 16+)
Dates: 6 Mondays, May 13, 27, June 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2024. (No class Monday May 20, May Long Weekend)
Time: 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Materials: Students are responsible for their own materials.  The full materials list is included below. 
Instructor: Ricky Schaede

This course is recommended for students with a foundation of drawing skills, but beginners are also welcomed.  If you are unsure about your skill level and if this course is the right fit for you, please email Ricky@RickySchaede.com and we would be happy to help you!

This watercolour course will build on the foundation in drawing that we've established and, instead of shading with graphite or using coloured pencils, we will use watercolours to bring our pieces to life.  In this 6-class series, we will start with a lab-style class where we explore the materials, different applications, techniques and theory of watercolour.  As a class we will then choose a subject for a long piece to create together, very likely an animal.  We will spend one class drawing the subject with our pencils, and then 2 classes bringing the piece to life with watercolours.  We will likely also incorporate some permanent black pens and coloured pencil into the process, making it more like a mixed-media watercolour illustration style.  The result will be beautiful, fine and realistic works of art made with watercolour.  Students may also choose to incorporate other mediums like watercolour pencils and/or crayons, white gelly roll pens and more!

For the final 2 classes, we can decide on another subject to create together, or as a group we may decide to pick independent subjects to each create our own unique watercolour pieces.  If the group isnt feeling as confident with the medium, picking one subject to create together may be the best idea.  If the group feels confident, they may choose to create independent artworks with 1 on 1 help from Ricky.

Materials List:

1. Sketching supplies including a 2H or HB pencil, rubber eraser, kneadable eraser, and sharpener.

2. (If you don't have a set of coloured pencils no worries, I'll have some you can borrow for this course, but if you do have a set please bring them) Set of High Quality Coloured Pencils. Preferred brands are Lyra Polycolor, Faber-Castell Polychromos or Prismacolor Premier. The more colour choices you have, the better, so a bigger set is best. If you already have a set of coloured pencils but they aren’t the top quality brands listed above, they should work fine for this course, as long as they are soft and have good colour quality.

3. 140lb Cold Press Watercolour paper for practice / lab day, any paper is fine, Canson XL watercolour paper, Prism Studios Watercolour Paper, as long as its 140lb will be good.  9x12 is the recommended size.

4. High quality Watercolour Paper for finished artworks: I recommend the beautiful Arches 140lb Cold Press Watercolour Paper which I do sell here at my studio. 9x12 is the recommended size.

6. Watercolour Palette.  I really like a watercolour palette with many wells that has a seal, but really any white plastic or ceramic watercolour palette will do.  I do have basic watercolour palettes in my studio that students are free to use if they don't want to get their own palette just yet.  

7. Watercolour Brushes
For watercolours, any brushes with soft bristles are ideal.  I do have brushes at my studio that students could choose to use if they don't want to buy their own brushes just yet.  I recommend for students to have the following brushes:

Round Brush in 3 sizes, Small (0, 1, 2 are good sizes), Medium (4, 5, 6) and Large (8, 10, 12)
1" Flat Wash Brush
A large, soft mop brush

8. Set of Watercolour Paints
Students can choose to use either tube watercolours or pan watercolours for this course.  The instructor will use and explain applications with both.  The higher quality your paints the better, but it is not imperative that you buy the most expensive paints.  Recommended brands are: Daniel Smith, Winsor & Newton, Koi.  The instructor will be using Koi watercolours which are available at Maggiolly Art in both tube and pan formats.  

9. Fine Permanent Black Pen, at minimum one pen 0.5 in size, but you could have 0.05, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 for a variety of line weights if you'd like.  Recommended brands are Tombow, Staedtler Pigment Liner, or Pigma Micron.