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Watercolor with Chinese Ink and Oil pastel

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August 7, 2023
August 9, 2023
10:00 - 4:00
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Workshop Overview

Join Qinqin for this unique watercolor workshop with Chinese ink and oil pastel. We will learn design, composition, shape, line, value and color, and make sketches in the Cascade Head rain forest and along the Salmon River Estuary. Participants will transform the Sitka living landscape into paintings in the studio with watercolor "action painting". We will discover the power of positive and negative paintings, wet-on-wet, and wet-on-dry techniques, and explore watercolor expression with splashing and dripping. Participants will gain knowledge of art and ecology and be inspired by changing colors and the light of landscapes and ecological communities. Throughout the workshop, Qinqin will offer demos, followed by individual instruction.

About the Instructor(s)

Qinqin Liu is an interdisciplinary artist with Ph.D. in ecology study and a lifetime of experience in water media art with Chinese ink. She has taught watercolor art classes and workshops at Yosemite Art Center and California school since 2007. Her art practices primarily involve drawing, Chinese ink, watercolor, and acrylic. She was taught ink painting and calligraphy in China and learned from professor Cheng-Khee Chee with his national award-winning watercolor when she came to the US. Integrating Chinese and Western art designs and connecting art and nature contribute to the unique character of her artwork that has been exhibited in galleries and museums in America and Asia (

Materials List: Students Bring

• Sketchbook (at least 5"x8" ), watercolor paper (Arches Cold press 140lb at least six sheets 11x15).

• Palette for color mixing (option to use a recycled egg plastic container).

• Watercolor brushes (Princeton brand is good): Round brushes at least size 12 or 10; Flat brushes at least 1 ½" and½".

• Watercolor paints at least all three primary colors (e.g. Ultramarine Blue, Azo Yellow and Cadmium Red or rose madder), option with sap green.

• 2 B and 6B pencils.

• Two water containers (e.g. two empty yogurt containers).

• Paper clamps, a water spray bottle, sponges, and a paper towel.

• Mr. Clean Erasers (cleaning pads that you can buy in Walmart or other stores).

Optional for comfort during outdoor sessions:

• Water bottles (for drinking and painting)

• Stool or chair to sit down for sketching

• Personal Items: hat, walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellant, hand sanitizer, mask

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Chinese ink and brushes, and oil pastels.

• Tissue paper.

• Plastic wraps, wax paper, tapes.

• Watercolor painting examples and handout.

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