Advanced/Intermediate Watercolors with Ron Pratt (Late Fall)_ Thursdays 12:30 -3:00 Studio 1

*Studio 1*

Intermediate/Advanced

Watercolor Painting

Late Fall 2022

Ronald Pratt

 

Rossmoor Activities Center, Painting Studio 1

 

When the fall foliage starts to change colors I love to hunker down in a warm studio and try to capture these brilliant colors on my watercolor paper.  These are exciting colors and expressing their charm and mood is particularly challenging and enjoyable.  If you are like me and love the colors of autumn come join us at the Rossmoor Art Association Art Center on Thursday Afternoons as we relax and explore the wonders of watercolor painting.  It’s a perfect time of the year to paint with Mother Nature’s perfect color palette.

 

This class is designed to challenge the more experienced painters to expand their painting abilities and enhance their design and compositional skills. Innovation and expression will be the main theme.  Class projects will be given to encourage creative thinking and expression thru the use of student chosen subject matter.  The class is designed to push the student while encouraging an atmosphere of fun and exploration.

 

The Rossmoor Art Association is offering this watercolor painting class this fall at the Rossmoor Activities Center, Painting Studio 1 on Thursday Afternoon from 12:30pm to 3 pm.  This 6 week class will run from Nov 11th to Dec 15th (no class on 11/24) at a cost of $80.  For Non-Rossmoor Residents the class fee is $100 for the 6 week class.  Priority will be given to Rossmoor Residents.

 

To register make your check out to Rossmoor Art Association (RAA) and mail to Ronald Pratt, 37 Snyder Way, Fremont, CA 94536.  The class maximum is 20 students due to space limitations so get your registration in to reserve your seat in the class.  You may also register for the class on the Rossmoor Art Association’s Website, www.rossmoorart.com.

 

To see Ronald’s Watercolors go to www.ronaldpratt.com.  Please direct questions to Ronald at ronpratt14@gmail.com or call him at (510) 366-7740.  Further information on all RAA activities can be found at www.rossmoorart.com.

 

Ronald Pratt, Instructor

’ve learned over the years that people aren’t so much interested in an artist’s technical skills as they are interested in what an artist has to say. They want to know how an artist sees things, their particular slant on life, their perspective, their vision. They want to know what an artist focuses on when looking at a subject. What is it an artist sees that is different than what the average person sees? What is that makes an artist different? As a watercolor painting instructor it is important for me to convey this fact to my students. I want them to know the first step in becoming an artist is to master the technical skills of watercolor painting. How do you mix your colors, handle the brushes, apply the paint to the paper, control washes, apply detail over the washes, etc. But I encourage them to not stop there. Once they have a semblance of control of these skills, it is time to start focusing on what they want to say as an artist. This is the important part! In this age of the rapid onslaught of technological developments, a simple phone app can turn your photograph into a drawing or painting. You can even select what medium in which you want your photograph to appear. Oil Painting? Pencil Drawing? Watercolor Painting? Impressionistic? Realistic? These are all available with the push of a button. The mere copying of a subject can now be done with your I-phone as well if not better than the artist. But artists can interpret things in their own unique way. They can create a stronger design, they can edit, deleting and adding to enhance their message, they can emphasize or de-emphasize areas in the composition. They can show their own perspective on things. They can show their own unique view. This takes the art of painting beyond the act of copying. So the main question I ask my students is “what are you trying to say?” I encourage them to ask this question of themselves before they start a painting and to keep asking this question throughout the painting process. In the end this is what separates one artist from another and what separates artists from copying machines. What is it that you have to say!!!
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