Watercolor: Special Effects
with David Baker
June 25-28, 10am-12:30pm
$150, *Free lunch plan if students take both Watercolor: Special Effects and Painting with Oil Pastel!
Beginning watercolor artists quickly learn the importance of preserving the whites of their paintings. Our class will go much further. We will explore a variety of resist and masking techniques to expand the expressive range of your watercolors. In addition to layering, we will apply masking fluid by pouring, pulling, and spraying to make abstract substrates for our paintings. We will also experiment with creating resist effects with less traditional materials: crayon, oil pastel, wax, acrylic gels, and glue. The lagoon, the woods, and collected natural materials will provide perfect motifs for these techniques. Get ready to add these effects to your tool kit!
David Baker earned his BS from Western Michigan University and his MFA from Indiana State University. Much of his current work is plein air painting in oil and watercolor. David is Painting Professor Emeritus at Southwestern Michigan College. Additionally, he designs art workshops for a variety of media. He has mounted solo exhibitions at Fernwood Botanical Gardens, Niles, MI; Colfax Cultural Center, South Bend, IN; Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI; Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI; Goshen College, Goshen, IN; and Vesuvius Gallery, Glenn, MI, among others