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At first, watercolor is sometimes frustrating for students to learn because you have to be organized yet flexible. If they have experience in painting with other mediums they tend to get discouraged by the fact that you can't paint over your mistakes because of watercolor's transparent nature.

Students learned watercolor techniques such as washes, wet into wet, dry brush, splattering, sponging, etc. Experimentation with color theory by breaking up the composition with color variations was also an important component.

I like teaching watercolor because students learn to be patient to prevent unwanted bleeding of colors and at the same time be spontaneous by noticing "happy mistakes" that naturally occur with the different techniques.
Topic(s): high school lessons watercolor
By Heather on April 9, 2008 at 11:29am EDT Add/View Comments (4)


Entrapment
Well I haven't posted anything in a while and I'm mad at myself for it. I figured it should be my goal to get all my old work up. Then I'll have the freedom to start adding new artwork as I make it in the spring and SUMMER months!

Even with this winter storm warning in effect, I've never been so excited about upcoming warmer weather. I love the changing seasons, I mean I have to being from Western NY, but by the end, spring fever just takes over.

This installation is called "Entrapment" (2004) and was made with spring fever as well. The butterfly wing studies are done in watercolor, framed, and set on little shelves. Looking through the mason jars to see delicate wings stems from the idea of catching something beautiful or at least wanting to. They're not actually in the jars, addressing that it might not be the right thing to do.


Topic(s): installation art watercolor jars 2004
By Heather on March 7, 2008 at 1:07pm EST Add/View Comments (3)
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