Live And Learn Workshops


Understanding Pigments and Their Properties
Live and Learn Pharmacy, Riverview, Florida
Saturday, June 24th, 2017, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Cost: $100 (this includes a $25 kit of paint and paper samples)

To register for this class now, please send me a message via the contact form over in the right sidebar and I will send you an invoice! 
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Who Is This Class For?

If you are just starting out with watercolors, regardless of whether you are creating large scale paintings or working in a sketchbook, this is the class for you!

If you've been painting a while but know next to nothing about pigments beyond the fact that they were on the supply list, this is the class for you!

If you have trouble with too much water, not enough water, making blooms, etc., this is the class for you!

Regardless of your artistic journey, chances are good you learned from a multitude of teachers, books, classes and self-lead exploration. This is a great way to learn, but there is a downside—it tends to leave gaps in the foundation of our knowledge. This workshop is structured to be fun and playful with an emphasis on enjoying the learning process.

Pigments are one of the most problematic areas as most artists simply buy whatever is on the supply list for each class rather than really understanding why a certain pigment is on the list. Further, many artists become enamored of a certain color without knowing anything about it or a lovely marketing name that evokes thoughts of walks on the beach or the bees buzzing in the garden.


What Will Be Covered?

This intensive, one-day color workshop is open to all levels and will give the artist a thorough foundation of the following:

  • How to read pigment information
  • Why pigments do what they do
  • How to create a color chart and how to use it
  • Different ways of mixing pigments together
  • Why pigments look different on paper surfaces
  • How to determine warms and cools in pigments
  • What fugitive, granulating, lightfast, staining, non-staining and other "art" terms mean
  • Primary, Secondary and Tertiary, Split Compliments Palette set ups
  • What "Earth" colors are and why they're on our palettes
  • How to develop your own color signature
  • And much more!


This will NOT be a project-driven class. We will be working to build our knowledge and improve our skills. There won't be a "finished," painted project at the end of the class.

We will be completing a number of small exercises that will result in some finished projects that can be used as tags, bookmarks, etc.


What's In The Kit?

The kit will include the class handout with oodles and oodles of information, eight professional level watercolor pigments, samples of 4 pieces  of  9" x 12" Arches cold press and 1 piece of 9" x 12" Arches hot press watercolor paper.


Why Do I Have To Buy A Kit?

If we're all using different brands of watercolor paint, not to mention different pigments, we will get a wide variety of results that I'm concerned will add to confusion rather than clarity to the business of pigments.

To eliminate as many of the variables as possible, we'll all be working from the same pigments on the same paper surfaces. When we're finished, you'll be able to take the watercolors you already own and repeat the exercises from class.


What Do I Need To Bring?

You are responsible for bringing the following items:
     Notebook or sketchbook for keeping additional notes
     Ruler, 10 or 12 inches in length
     Mechanical pencil
     Permanent black pen with large nib (Faber-Castell PITT Pens recommended)
     White Eraser
     Large Waterbrush or a regular size 6 or 8 round watercolor brush
     Scissors

Optional Items you may want to bring:
     Watercolor palette you are currently using
     Sketchbook suitable for water media
     Colored markers in a variety of colors, can be water-soluble or permanent


What Else Do I Need To Know? 

This class is limited to 12 students and spots will be available on a first-come, first serve basis. A wait list will be started if the class fills.

The workshop will be held at Live and Learn Pharmacy and the address is 13224 Boyette Road, Riverview, Florida. Maps and parking instructions will be given once you are registered.

Doors will open at 9 am for early birds and will close at 4 pm. Class hours are 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Please bring a sweater or light jacket as the air conditioning will be running.

There are two restaurants within walking distance (Subway and Papi's Cuban Kitchen) as well as a refrigerator for those of you who would like to bring a brown bag. There are other restaurants nearby, but not within walking distance and the lunch break will be short so that we have time to cover it all!


What If I Have To Cancel?

Cancellations will be accepted up until 48 hours before the start of class and full refunds will be given.

Cancellations occurring within 48 hours of class will forfeit the class registration fee ($75). Kit fees will be returned ($25).


Ready To Enroll?!

Please send me a message via the contact form over in the right sidebar and I will send you an invoice! The invoice can be paid via credit card or e-check and does not require a PayPal account.

Please note:
Cancellations will be accepted up until 48 hours before the start of class and full refunds will be given.

Cancellations occurring within 48 hours of class will forfeit the class registration fee ($75). Kit fees will be returned ($25).
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Have a question? You can contact me by using the contact form over on the right sidebar.

I look forward to seeing you in June!!

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