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Lesson Plans

re: Teaching Watercolor

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holmgren (holmgren)
Thu, 23 Apr 98 22:41:59 -0500

Hi Lee,

you've been getting some good ideas for teaching watercolor. If you're
interested in books, I can suggest a few.

I used to teach adult watercolor classes at several art centers and over
time I ran into several books which became my "watercolor bibles". One
is called "The Content of Watercolor" by Edward Reep.If you read this,
it may change your mind about watercolor and its status as an important
medium. (Some artists who painted in watercolor: Paul Klee, Charles
Demuth, Winslow Homer, J.M.W. Turner, Maurice Prendergast, John Singer
Sargent, John Marin, Charles Burchfield, Andrew Wyeth, Wassily Kandinksy
Philip Pearlstein, Janet Fish, Joseph Raffael,..) Another excellent book
is "The Art of Watercolor" by Charles LeClair. Both these books were
written to be used as college textbooks, and I love them because they not
only talk about basic "techniques", they also discuss content and using
watercolor for serious self-expression. The book "Watercolor Bold and
Free" by Lawrence C. Goldsmith is filled with experimental ideas and
techniques to use with watercolor. You may be able to find these books
at your library.

Watercolor is a great medium--I love it! Have fun with your class!


>> 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?