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I have been getting a lot of requests lately to set up a watercolor class over
the summer for children and adults-together. It will be a group of mostly
beginning and some intermediate levels. In college, way back when, my
emphasis was in watercolor and I love this type of painting.
My problem and the question I pose to all of you:
I have never taught this before. I have some ideas on how to present it, but
was hoping you could tell me some of your success stories in teaching this
medium. I would prefer this class to be exciting, not just mechanical in
nature. Any interesting approaches to teaching the basics that you know of?
I need to entertain and challenge the intermediates and hook and educate the
Also, watercolor is thought of in the art world as a "lessor" form of
painting--although I don't understand why--maybe the paintings don't have as
long a life as oils? Maybe because watercolors have been used as studies for
paintings in other mediums? Watercolors always seem to sell for less money in
galleries, get shown less often, etc. Why do you think of this is? I can
only think of a few artists who painted primarily in this medium. Anybody
have a list of watercolor artists or a good book they can recommend?
I look forward to your responses-