Abstract Watercolor Painting (Online)
Taught by Diana Kuan
Diana Kuan is a food writer and photographer based in Brooklyn. She is the author of Red Hot Kitchen, on cooking with Asian hot sauces, and The Chinese Takeout Cookbook, on Chinese food and culture in America. Her work has also appeared in Food & Wine, Time Out New York, and The Boston Globe, among other publications. In addition to writing and photography, Diana has taught cooking classes for the past 10 years in both Beijing and New York. Her favorite foods are dumplings, ramen, and tacos, usually with hot sauce on the side.
If you've ever wanted to explore a more loose or abstract style of painting, join us in this Abstract Watercolors workshop! Great for both beginners and more experienced watercolor artists, this workshop allows the thinking mind to relax as we explore a more meditative and freeing approach to art-making. We will use wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry techniques to create original paintings while focusing on composition, color choice, and balance.
Some highlights will include:
- Creating a cohesive color palette
- Exploring different types of mark making and painting styles
- Creating a balanced composition with geometric and organic forms
- Adding some mixed media such as pen, colored pencils, markers, or other tools you already have around your house.
- Watercolor paints. You don't need to purchase expensive paints; even a basic watercolor set with primary colors will be great for this class. If you are looking to purchase new paints, I will send along a list of my preferred budget-friendly paints and other materials.
- Watercolor brushes. I will use both larger and smaller round brushes in this class (Sizes 2 to 10), and, but you're welcome to use what you have!
- Watercolor or mixed media paper. (If you need a recommendation, we love Canson XL paper or Strathmore 400 series. Both are very budget friendly and come in different sizes.)
- Palette, disposable plate, or take-out container lid for mixing colors
- Water cup and paper towels
- Masking tape or washi tape
- Optional mixed media: black pens, Sharpies, colored pencils, markers, crayons, whatever writing/drawing instruments you have.