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Watercolor Workshop: Lowcountry Marshland - Skies, Water, Plants

Led by past Visiting Artist Andrea Hazel, participants will learn the basics of how water and paint behave on paper. With guidance, students will paint a landscape scene set in the Lowcountry free of structures - focusing on the Skies, Water, and Plants found in the region. Other topics to be explored include the presentation and conservation of watercolor paintings under glass and plexiglass as well as varnishing watercolor paintings and mounting on wood panels.

About the Instructor

Andrea Hazel was born in Charleston, SC where she still resides. After years of teaching and running her own business, Andrea Hazel Photography, she began painting in 2001 and has been immersed in watercolors ever since. Her latest series entitled “How It Was...Charleston in 1963,” depicts scenes of homes and communities that have been demolished and displaced in the wake of Charleston’s rapid growth and development. “The idea was not to point a finger and blame, but to show what happened, and to remember these places,” she has said.

Hazel is a member of the Southern Watercolor Society, the South Carolina Watermedia Society, and the Charleston Artist Guild. Her work is currently on view at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery. Andrea Hazel was an artist-in-residence at the Gibbes Museum from October 26 - November 22, 2020.

My purpose is to portray the beauty and color in our world and its people, especially in the South Carolina Lowcountry, as I experience them with my eyes and within my heart. - Andrea Hazel

*Beginners to intermediate watercolor painters are welcome.

*Please refer to the workshop materials list below. Participants must bring their own painting supplies, but the watercolor paper, stretched and mounted onto gatorboard to make a 9”x12” painting, will be supplied by the instructor.

Workshop Materials List; provided by the instructor with personal notes:

- Watercolor paper, stretched and mounted onto gatorboard to make a 9”x12” painting, will be supplied by the instructor. I will be using Arches 140 lb, Cold Press paper. You may also bring your own watercolor paper, but only Arches 140 lb, Cold Press paper. It is also available in watercolor paper blocks.

- Watercolor Palette; I use John Pike, but any watercolor palette will do as long as there are enough wells for each of your paints and an area to mix your colors. Arrange your colors with your yellows next to each other, same for reds (with burnt sienna nearby), and blues (with viridian near them). You may squeeze out your paints in your palette ahead of time if you prefer, and leave the palette open overnight to set. Then you will only need a light spray with your water bottle to activate the paints.

- Watercolor tube Paints – Artist or Professional grade; I prefer Winsor Newton, or Daniel Smith paints but other artist grade paints are fine as well. It should say “Artist” or “Professional” on the tube.

Aureolin yellow

Cadmium yellow or Hansa Yellow Medium

Cadmium Red, Winsor Red or Perylene Red

Permanent Alizarin Crimson

Burnt sienna (I prefer Winsor Newton)

Phthalo Blue or Winsor Blue, (Green or Red Shade)

Phthalo Green or Viridian

- Watercolor Brushes – bring what you have. Kolinsky sable brushes are really wonderful to have, but Princeton Heritage are excellent synthetic watercolor brushes as well; I suggest these sizes: Round watercolor brushes in sizes 4, 8 or 10, 12 and Flat watercolor brushes – 1”, .5”, 2”

- Water spray bottle

- Water bucket about quart size or two (2) 18-oz containers

- Paper Towel roll; I use Bounty.

- Mr Clean Magic Eraser – ORIGINAL. You will only need one Magic Eraser sponge, cut across the width into 4 or 5 pieces.

- Photos for reference; I will bring 8.5”x11” photos of marsh scenes, but you may bring your own if your prefer. In the interest of sketching time, do not include photos with people, animals or buildings – Nature Only.

- Pencils – any standard #2 pencil will work, but I love Staedtler “F” artist pencils because the marks erase cleanly after painting.

- OPTIONAL – a small hand-held hair dryer.

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