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How to Paint Cute & Simple Animals using Watercolor Paint

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In this 4 week online class, students will learn watercolor painting techniques to create small paintings of cute animals! Foundational skills will be practiced each time in whimsical, bite-sized paintings using simple shapes.

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Intermediate Level
4 lessons//4 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
How to Paint a Mystery Animal: Intro
We'll practice playing & using watercolor techniques such as wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, pulling, lifting, and using the paintbrush to make detailed marks and shapes. Tips for best practices, such as activating the paints beforehand and why it's important to use watercolor paper will also be discussed. This week, students may choose to create an imaginary animal (or a monster) or a real animal of their choice. Experimentation with the paints will be encouraged as this is the best way to learn.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
How to Paint Funny Frogs
We'll review and practice watercolor techniques such as wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, pulling, lifting, and using the paintbrush to make detailed marks and shapes. Tips for best practices, such as activating the paints beforehand and why it's important to use watercolor paper will also be discussed. Once warmed up, we'll use simple shapes to create frogs, including simple backgrounds. Our frogs can look silly! Experimentation with the paints will be encouraged as this is the best way to learn.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
How to Paint Cute Cats
We'll practice watercolor techniques such as wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, pulling, lifting, and using the paintbrush to make detailed marks and shapes. Tips for best practices, such as activating the paints beforehand and why it's important to use watercolor paper will also be discussed. Once warmed up, we'll use simple shapes to create a cat head and full body, including simple backgrounds. Experimentation with the paints will be encouraged as this is the best way to learn.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
How to Paint Cute Birds
We'll review and practice watercolor techniques such as wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, pulling, lifting, and using the paintbrush to make detailed marks and shapes. Tips for best practices, such as activating the paints beforehand and why it's important to use watercolor paper will also be discussed. Once warmed up, we'll use simple shapes to create birds, including simple backgrounds. Experimentation with the paints will be encouraged as this is the best way to learn.
Foundational watercolor techniques, basic color theory, using simple shapes to create more complicated images, and will practice letting go of perfectionism in art and gaining confidence.
I have been teaching art, including watercolor painting to a variety of age groups, from 2-year-olds through adults, for over ten years.
Required:
- watercolor paint set with at least 6 colors (in dry cake/pan form)
- soft paint brush(es) appropriate for watercolors (at least one middle sized/size 8, or so)
- watercolor paper (does not have to be expensive, but should be actual watercolor paper)
- container with clean water
- one or more paper towels

Not required, but helpful:
- white gouache paint and/or white ink pen
- spray bottle with water inside
- something to protect table 
- tape to tape down paper/edges (painter's tape, masking tape, washi tape, or similar)
- pencil or thin pen (we may add details with these as an option, but I'll also teach how to 
   use paint for details
We will likely use reference photos from rawpixel.com, specific Google images of animals we're painting, and possibly from pixabay.com. But I will have the photos available separately from the websites, so we will not actually go onto the sites.
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Hello! I teach art and have been doing this for over 10 years! I've worked with students of all ages (no kidding... 2 through adult) at all experience levels. I believe anyone can create art; it just takes inspiration & training. In my experience,... 
Group Class

$15

weekly or $60 for 4 classes
1x per week, 4 weeks
55 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 7-10
2-9 learners per class

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