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July 6, 2021

Watercolor painting basics workshop offered July 27

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Local artist Sonja Forster will lead the workshop at Weston in Casanova. The other photos depict some of her watercolors.
A “Basics of Watercolor Painting” workshop will take place Tuesday, July 27, at historic Weston in Casanova.

Local artist Sonja Forster will lead the class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $75.

The proceeds will support the design of an art and education center at Weston.

To register or for more information, call 540-229-0114. The registration deadline is Wednesday, July 21. The workshop is limited to 12 people.

Ms. Forster will cover using wet paper with a wet brush and adding pigment; dry brush strokes, applied after adding the lightest layer using more pigment and less water, and the how and when of color layering. By the end of the session, participants will know options for selecting the right paper, equipment and brushes for different outcomes, and how to think about planning a watercolor composition. After sharing the basics in the first hour, the instructor will provide guidance and feedback on using these techniques to create and complete a painting.

Participants should bring good brushes — sizes 12, 6 and 2. Watercolor tubes of ultramarine blue, burnt umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow and cadmium red. With those, you can mix any color.

Those taking the class also should bring good quality watercolor paper, painter’s tape and a clipboard big enough to tape the paper down.

Ms. Forster grew up on a farm in South Africa, drawing the native plants and animals around her and dedicating herself to developing skills in watercolor, acrylic, gouache and oil. She has a studio in the Vint Hill area.

The nonprofit Warrenton Antiquarian Society owns Weston and works to preserve, interpret and share educational resources related to local artistic, agricultural, community and family histories.
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