NEGATIVE PAINTING, September 18-19, 2018

Florence Thomas Art School, West Jefferson, NC

“Fall Leaves and Acorns”
© Annie Glacken

In this class, we will paint “Fall Leaves and Acorns” in watercolor using negative painting techniques.

Negative painting is the process of painting the background space around a penciled in shape in order to create it. For example, instead of painting a leaf shape, you paint the space around it with a darker value to define the leaf. Therefore, you create the positive shapes by painting the areas around them. As the painting develops, more shapes are added. Each layer will add a darker value thereby creating depth in the painting.

Annie teaches in a paint-along method by first demonstrating the step and then allowing students to complete the steps incrementally.

This class is suitable for advanced beginners. Students must be familiar with using basic watercolor techniques such as creating basic washes, wet into wet washes, and glazing.

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In this workshop students will learn how to paint in a batik style using layers of watercolor and wax on rice paper. After designs are painted, students will mount their paintings onto canvas and seal them. These canvases make great gifts to either hang or set on a table or bookshelf.

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In this class students will learn how to achieve color harmony by using a limited palette. Students will also learn how to mix clean vibrant colors or muted colors and how to avoid mixing “mud.” In addition, you will learn how to mix a variety of greens and grays. Lastly, students will be introduced to various color schemes for color planning their paintings.

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Introduction to Art Journaling for Non-Sketchers

How would like to learn how to take time to “smell the roses” by documenting everyday things and moments in your life? Art Journaling is a relaxing and meditative way for us to slow down and savor the “ordinary things” we take for granted. What a treasured keepsake you will be creating as you journal with art!

In this class students will be introduced to various techniques used in art journaling:  How to design a cover page, how to design other pages using a title, sketch, design box and date box.   For those who don’t feel confident in their drawing skills, come learn how to transfer your images into your sketchbook.

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Journaling in Ink and Watercolor 

Students will explore new techniques and pointers for journaling in ink and watercolor. Some of the topics are: how to mix bright clean color, how to use a grisaille under painting for value, how to make a “travel page,” and how to embellish their lettering.

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In this class, you will learn many sketching tips, how to design the layouts of your pages, how to design borders, and how to create faux calligraphy.  During class students will design their own sketchbook pages using concepts taught.

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All images © Annie Glacken Watercolors