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Announcing an Exhibit of Paintings by
participants in our Watercolor Workshops
April 8 & 10th @ Bill Bartelt Studio
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Watercolor Workshop: "If you see me getting smaller,
it's because I'm leaving!"
(10 AM - 5 PM - Tuition - $125.00)
This is the workshop that many have been asking for (and
many of us could use)—how to tackle the sometimes
intimidating issues of perspective in drawing and painting,
especially if your subject matter is the urban landscape,
with its seemingly complex network of converging
lines—streets, railroad tracks, sidewalks, alleys, and power
lines. We will examine these elements, and learn how to work
with them in simple and easy to understand terms. We will
learn how to find the horizon, the vanishing point, and
simple ways to plot the points of perspective, so that your
urban scenes are much easier to plan and compose, and look
much more convincing. And we'll answer the question, "Why do
things get smaller as they get further away from us, and how
do we know how small and how far?"
We will do two studies in the workshop: one will show the
converging lines of a common urban scene, such as an alley,
a street scene or an el track. The second study will feature
these elements as well, but I will also demonstrate how to
depict the relative sizes of objects as they advance and
recede. They will be a fun and informative exercises, and
will help take the nervous making out of organizing and
composing the scenes that we encounter every day in the
city, but which seem hard to draw and paint them.
This workshop will focus on the urban scene. Get out there
and get some pics of your neighborhood, the loop, the
lakefront, the parks, the el and Metra tracks, any where
your favorite parts of the city are. Get pics of scenes that
emphasize perspective! Stand in the middle of the street
(careful!) or on the train platforms and look up and down
the tracks. Even a walk down your own block will reveal many
opportunities to show perspective, if you take the time to
I will give a short talk and demonstration at the beginning
of each study, explaining the basic points of perspective.
We will be creating two watercolor studies during the course
of the day. I will be demonstrating the first one with Burnt
Umber and Cobalt Blue, and we will all be painting in that
limited palette as well. The second will be in a wider
palette, and I invite you to work in the palette of your
choice, but of course, you are welcome to stay with the
limited palette if you wish.
To loosen up, we'll do a quick "Splooshy," a small, wet,
spontaneous study of each subject to capture its essence in
a few brush strokes. Then, before each larger study, we will
do a "thumbnail" sketch to help simplify and organize our
Materials to Bring:
- Watercolor paints in tubes, preferably, and highly
Windsor Newton Watercolors. We will be working primarily
Umber and Cobalt Blue for the first study, and in a
wider palette for the second study.
- Arches 300 lb. watercolor
paper (one 15x22 sheet cut into sections will be more
than enough for the entire day)
- Blue painters tape
- 1″ flat brush watercolor
brush, various round brushes (#3,
#7 should be enough)
- Small 11x14 board to paint
- Small sketch book
- Drawing pencils
- Kneaded gum eraser
(Water vessels and paper towels will be provided)
The workshop will run from 10:00am until 5:00pm. The tuition is $125.00, payable at the
beginning of the class.
A variety of
(coffee, tea, juices, fruits and light tasty snacks) will be offered throughout the day.
As the classes often fill
up quickly, please let me know ASAP
if you would like to attend . Please provide your
phone number in your response. And feel free to
e-mail or call me (773.230.3198)
if you have any questions about the class. I hope to see you there!
Bill Bartelt Studio
4659 N. Ravenswood Ave.
(Feel free to call me with any questions)
* Plenty of free parking right in front of the studio!
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