Closed for January due to Covid Spike__Advanced/Intermediate Watercolors with Ron Pratt

 

Stay tuned. We are closed for January, but hopefully start up in February!

Advanced/ Intermediate Watercolor with Ronald Pratt

Rossmoor Activities Center, Painting Studio 1

 

When the Holiday excitement is over and you’re wondering what you are going to do for the rest of the winter it might be time to pull out your watercolor paints and head down to the art studio. There you will find some like-minded artists getting together to share their creative spirit in a warm, friendly atmosphere. What better way to kick off the New Year than join a painting class with fellow artists ready to explore some painting magic.

 

The Rossmoor Art Association is offering this intermediate/advanced watercolor class for self-motivated painters this winter on Thursday afternoons from 12:30pm to 3:00pm. The 10 week class will be held at the Rossmoor Activities Center, Painting Studio 1 from Jan 13th to Mar17th at a cost of $135. For Non-Rossmoor Residents the class fee is $155. Priority will be given to Rossmoor Residents.

 

The class will focus on bringing out your artistic creativity and improving your technical skills thru a series of class projects of your own choosing. Subject matter will be suggested for each project but the student will have complete freedom to interpret the assignment with their own individual expression. Painting demonstrations by instructor Ronald Pratt will show students various ways of expressing one’s own artistic voice.

This class is designed to be stimulating, fun and relaxing in the company of creative people.

 

To register online: register on this page. If you are already a member, use your email address for your user name, if you have forgotten your password use the create a new password button and make a note of your new password. If you are not a member and live in Rossmoor, become one! And then you can register for the class at a member price. OR,  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 space.

 

To see Ronald’s Watercolors go to www.ronaldpratt.com. Please direct questions to Ronald at [email protected] 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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