These classes are taught by Ian de Hoog, a Canadian artist and teacher working primarily in watercolor. His image of the beautiful song bird is the icon in this calendar listing! Classes are on Tuesdays, from January 11 through February 1, 2022 at 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. PST, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. EST and 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. London time. These classes are for all levels and the mediums include watercolor and drawing.
Discover tools and techniques for painting birds in watercolor. Each session will start with a presentation/demonstration, followed by student participation. Students will be able to show their work online for individual and group discussions. There will also be an online forum where they can share their paintings, leave comments and ask questions. Recordings of each session will be available to stream each week.
- Week 1 – Sketching and drawing birds for watercolor. The ability to draw good shapes is crucial to success in painting birds but you don’t need to draw everything. We will work through simple techniques to create the form and parts of a bird while discussing when to stop drawing and begin painting.
- Week 2 – Sketching birds with watercolor. This week we will expand on the drawings and start applying paint! We will look at a couple of techniques for creating “quick” sketches of birds in a sketchbook. Going forward, it will be your work in a sketchbook that will contribute the most to the development of your finished paintings.
- Week 3 – Stationary birds (Perched and standing). The week the focus will be on working through the steps to create a finished painting of a perched or standing bird. A variety of techniques will be introduced to help the student increase their confidence with their brushwork and ability to introduce value and texture into their work.
- Week 4 – Flying birds and creating new forms from reference material. Building on the knowledge we have learned, we will learn to paint flying birds in the final week. Focusing on composition, shape and technique an effort will be made to help the student add the element of flight to a bird painting that will complement rather than distract from the overall subject of the painting.