Realize the dynamic potential of water-based media through abstract mark-making and layering. In this workshop for beginners, students explore a versatile array of media including traditional watercolor, water-soluble crayons, pencils and markers alongside gouache and drawing tools. Try experimental applications and explore substrates beyond conventional watercolor paper to discover the exciting possibilities of materials. Use the vibrant combination of abstraction and pattern with elements of representationalism to generate complex, multi-layered compositions.
Students use watercolor, inks, watercolor pencils, crayons and markers for wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry applications. Participants achieve a variety of textural qualities by exploring surfaces such as paper, Yupo, primed and unprimed panel.
Daily demonstrations and drawing exercises are structured to exhaust the limitations of the media. Students develop personal visual vocabulary through individual studio time, group discussion and one-on-one feedback.
Lauren Peterson received her MFA from Georgia State University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is part of the permanent collection of the High Museum of Art, Goya Contemporary and the International Printing Museum. Lauren is the Studio Coordinator of Painting, Drawing & Printmaking at Anderson Ranch Arts Center.