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Liotchev – Tuesdays, Nov 10th – Dec 1st, 7pm-9pm


Suggested experience level: Beginner to Intermediate


Watercolor is a wonderfully versatile medium whose application ranges from basic sketching to lush application of color that can resemble oil painting. This course invites you to explore the medium’s potential through the genre of still life.

Starting out by setting up our own still lifes at home, we’ll start the first class with a naturalistic approach to painting. We’ll study composition, form, color and sketching directly with watercolor, as we gradually build density and depth into our paintings through layering colors and multiple washes.

Subsequent classes will take the lessons learned from naturalism and apply them to more expressive and personal ways of painting. As inspiration, we’ll look at historical examples of both still life and watercolor painting, from the purported origins of modern still life during the Renaissance, to more recent masters such as Paul Cezanne, William Turner, Helen Frankenthaler and Cecily Brown. Ultimately, the course will guide you to create at least two watercolor paintings: a naturalistic one and one (or more) which sets you off on your own personal journey!


Materials: Set of 12 or 24 watercolor paints (tubes are recommended over solid tray paints); 5 watercolor brushes (soft bristle) of varying sizes from thin liner brush to around 1 inch width; pencils (HB and 2B); eraser; pad of watercolor paper (9 x 12 in. or similar size); trays for mixing paints; old cups for holding water; paper towels; props for setting up still life (fruits, bowl, jugs, tablecloth or anything you like!); masking tape

Optional but beneficial materials: 5 acrylic brushes (harder bristle) of varying sizes


About the instructor: Ivan Liotchev is an artist based in Durham, North Carolina and London, UK. He earned his MFA from the Slade School of Fine Arts, UCL, London (2011) and BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2004). Splitting his practice between painting and social-engagement, in 2010 he founded the International Collaborative Drawing Project (ICDP), a participatory initiative which uses drawing as a starting point for cooperative creation. Originating within a working-class community in South London, UK, the project now works with diverse worldwide communities ranging from Hopi Native Americans to Geneva bankers, developing drawing events, exhibitions, residencies, public art and multi-media explorations. www.icdpdraw.com


Image: The Tuft of Grass by Albrecht Dürer


This class is conducted online! A computer with audio, video, and internet functionality is required. Student gives permission for The ArtsCenter and for instructor to use their image and comments in class recordings for promotional non-commercial purposes. Refunds and exchanges are not offered for online classes.

All ArtSchool registrations have a $3 processing fee added upon check-out.

ArtsCenter members receive 15% off of the cost of this course!