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Watermedia Riverside Painting

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September 1, 2022
September 1, 2022
10:00 - 4:00

Workshop Overview

Imagine the ecology of a river created by your vision. The conceptual approach explored in this workshop is derived from Helen Shafer Garcia’s countless hours hiking and painting. Often on major trailheads we encounter signs that indicate the ecology of notable wildlife and plants we might see along the trail. As part of this workshop and journey, each participant will design and carve a stamp of a tree and everyone will share their stamped images, creating a shared shoreline and forest of trees and reflections in our paintings. Grid designs will be explored to give directions, indicate narrative and point out ecological features. We will experiment with ways to draw and paint indigenous flora and fauna. We will also work with gesso layers to bring back lighter values and create beautiful transparencies on shapes.

About the Instructor(s)

Helen Shafer Garcia is a painter, mixed media, book arts, ceramics artist and illustrator. Helen holds a BA degree in fine arts with an emphasis in illustration and ceramics. She is a signature member of San Diego Watercolor Society and teaches watercolor and mixed media workshops internationally and across the US.

Materials List: Students Bring

• Apron

• Brushes: at least 2 watercolor brushes. #14  or #12

• medium round acrylic brush

• Watercolors: pan or personal palette  

         Pigments: Suggested professional grade paint palette.  Do the best you can with purchases on new paints according to your budget. A Pan palette will also work. Avoid the round palettes- they are usually too opaque.

Watercolor brands: Winsor Newton, Daniel Smith, M. Graham, Di Vinci, Holbein.

Cadmium Yellow light

Quinacridone Red

Quinacridone Rose or Permanent Rose

Quinacridone Gold

Quinacridone Burnt Sienna or Burnt Sienna  

Sap Green

Phthalo Green

Ultramarine Blue or French Ultramarine

Cobalt Blue

Phthalo Blue

Cobalt Turquoise light

Carbazole or Dioxazine Violet


• Water container

• #2b pencil

• Paper towels

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Hot pressed Watercolor paper

• Print blocks

• Printing inks

• Gesso

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