Food Illustration with Watercolors
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.
Location: Online Class
Explore your creativity by painting your favorite foods in watercolor!
Illustrating the food from your kitchen (or your fantasy meals) can be fun for many reasons. It's therapeutic, creative, and experimental. And you can even create fun wall art for your home while you're at it! In this beginner-friendly class, we'll explore shape, color, and texture of food using simple watercolor techniques. We'll start with a few basic exercises and quick, simple projects, then move on to create paintings using food from your kitchen or reference photos. Along the way, I'll also share with your my process for gathering delicious-looking inspiration for artwork.
Various supplies needed:
- Pencil with eraser
- 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 0 to 8), 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. It's very budget friendly and comes in various sizes.)
- Palette, disposable plate, or take-out container lid for mixing colors
- Water cup and paper towels
- Food that you'd like to paint! Any fresh fruits, vegetables, or herbs you have on hand, or photos of your favorite foods.