Portrait & Figure in Watercolor – D0611-19

Date: Jul 08 - 12, 2019

Skill Level(s): I i

Instructor(s): Brian Shure

Tuition: $1,090
Studio Fee: $75
Registration Fee: $45


Bring the figure to life with the transparency and dramatic immediacy of watercolor. This extremely expressive media can also be highly controlled. Students work from life as well as photographic source material in this deceivingly direct paint medium. With daily demonstrations and a series of simple and accessible studio exercises, develop skills in controlling soluble colors, reserving and pulling back highlights and maintaining the brilliant and delicate tones that are unique to water-based media. There is also a focus on capturing the essence of the figure through taking the time to look and record what we see.


Students work with under-drawing pencil and light brushwork, using a transfer grid, stretching/flattening larger paper, transparent gum-based colors in tube and cake form compared with gouache, as well as glue-based and synthetic water-media pigment binders. Wet and dry brush, the laying of tint washes, scumbling and fine tone modulation are demonstrated.


There is an investigation of materials, demonstrations, exercises in figure, self-portraiture from photographs, live models and other source materials. We experiment with line, tone and wash. Daily discussions of technique and content take place with a focus on color mixing, observed light and the value range of a painted surface.


Brian Shure shows nationally and internationally. He is represented by Planthouse Gallery in New York. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University and Cornell University. Brian is a Master Printer, Director of Anderson Ranch Editions and Chair of the Ranch Gallery Program.


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