Intermediate/Advanced Watercolor Painting with Ronald Pratt __Sept 21-Nov 30__Thurs 12:30-3:00, Painting Studio 1

Intermediate/Advanced Watercolor Painting with Ronald Pratt

Fall 2023

 Gateway Complex, Painting Studio 1, Thursdays 12:30-3:00pm, Studio 1

 When the summer days start to shorten and there is a little nip in the air I know autumn is fast approaching.  This is one of my favorite times of the year to paint because I know the fall foliage will start to perform its magical transformation from the summer greens to beautiful yellows, reds, oranges, golds and browns.  This color palette is vibrant and exciting and inspires me to paint. If you are like me and find autumn colors inspiring, come paint with like-minded people on Thursday Afternoons in a relaxing social atmosphere at the RAA art studio.

This class is designed to focus on composition and design by challenging the more experienced painters to expand their painting abilities 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 10 week class will run from Sept 21st to Nov 30th (no class on 11/23) at a cost of $135 for RAA members.  For Non Members and Non-Rossmoor Residents the class fee is $155 for the 10 week class.  Priority will be given to Rossmoor Residents.

To Register go to the Rossmoor Art Association Website and click on classes on the header bar.  Scroll down until you come to Intermediate/Advanced Watercolor Painting with Ron Pratt and enroll.  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 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

I’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!!!