Winter Botanicals Watercolor Workshop
Virtual Class (ZOOM)
This two-day virtual workshop focuses on the richness of winter botanicals to celebrate the season. Students will complete 1-2 projects (time allowing) inspired by the plants that thrive in the wintertime landscape, using a limited palette. Created for those with some experience in watercolor, this workshop includes a brief review of materials and basic techniques in watercolor. Students will engage in an ongoing discussion of the unique qualities of this luminous, serendipitous medium. Students will provide their own materials and have their palette set up prior to the workshop. A materials list will be emailed upon registration.
Instructor: Brenda Ciardiello is a Mexican-American artist who paints contemporary landscapes, botanicals, and abstract art that deal with themes of personal connection to nature around the world, as inspired by her travels. Almost all of her work focuses on using the unpredictable nature of water to depict the unique interplay of color, light and texture in otherwise fleeting elements: water, clouds, and flora. Brenda is heavily influenced by her bicultural and international experience of the world. Born in Mexico City but raised in Texas, she has also lived / studied in Mexico, Italy, the U.K., New York City, New England, the Rocky Mountains and the Middle East. As part of her process she travels whenever possible to capture original source imagery for her work.
Saturday, December 5 & Sunday, December 6 (10 am – 12 pm)
Registration Deadline: December 3
Location: This is an online class; you will receive an email the day prior to class with the Zoom class code and password.
Materials: A full list of necessary materials will be emailed upon registration; the basic materials include:
- 1 pad or block of 9 x 12 140 lb cold-pressed watercolor paper (Arches)
- 3-4 round watercolor paintbrushes (suggested sizes: 4, 6, 10 and 1” wash brush)
- paints in a palette (Winsor Newton or Daniel Smith primary colors in cool / warm options, at least
- pencil & kneaded eraser
- painter’s Tape (if using loose paper) & particle board to mount paper on
- 2 clear water containers & paper towels