Beginning Watercolors with Ron Pratt_(Spring) Thursdays 9:00-11:30 Studio 1

Beginning/Intermediate

Watercolor Painting

Spring 2022

Ronald Pratt

 Rossmoor Activities Center, Painting Studio 1

 We’ve had a wonderful spring season with some late rains that have provided us with an abundance of beautiful blossoms and vibrant colors in the hills.   This is the time we should be honing our artistic eye and searching for those inspirational scenes to jump start our creative muses. So why not come join fellow artists on a similar mission at the Rossmoor Art Association Art Center on Thursday Morning as we relax and explore the wonders of spring thru the medium of watercolor painting. It’s a perfect time of the year to paint with the perfect medium for capturing the feeling of spring.

Step by step demonstrations will guide the student through the process of creating amazing watercolor paintings. You will watch your confidence grow as you see the wonderful and therapeutic experience of creating art. The focus of the class is to teach fundamental painting techniques while allowing the student to express their creativity thru their own painting style. Subject matter will include spring blossoms, a garden scene, colorful foothills and nature.

The Rossmoor Art Association is offering this watercolor painting class this spring at the Rossmoor Activities Center, Painting Studio 1 on Thursday Mornings from 9 am to 11:30 am. This class will run from May 5th to July 14th (no class on June 16th) at a cost of $135. For Non-Rossmoor Residents the class fee is $155 for the 10 week class. Priority will be given to Rossmoor Residents.

Register online now or make your check payable 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.

 

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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