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LESSON PLANS WINTER TERM 2023 (1st half) Lesson 5: Watercolour figures, watercolour faces.

In the last session some of my students worked on tonal watercolour paintings of figures in their context with very successful results. In this session I'm asking my students to do the same with the image of a face using a tonal mix of a blue and a brown colour.

Winter Term 1st half 2023 – lesson 5: Tonal watercolour figures in their context and/or faces.

· In the last session students worked on watercolour figures in the context of their surroundings. The next step, in this lesson, is to look at a face in the same way. The options today are i) work on an image of people in their surroundings or ii) work on the image of a face using the same technique.

· Choose your image.

· Mix a blue and a brown (ultramarine and raw umber or similar) on your palette.

· With your tonal mix, if doing the people in their context, loosely paint as large a shape as you can to include the people, their shadows, the dark and mid-toned elements of the background. Allow all the areas to flow together. If doing the face, again, loosely cover the area of your page with the facial features, hair, head and any background. Let the areas link up into one shape. Leave significant white areas unpainted (white).

· If in doubt, include more into this first layer rather than less.

· Before this layer dries, you can squeeze your brush and lift some light places from the area of paint.

· Once dry, paint in some darer shapes only onto the area painted by the first layer (not into the areas left un-painted).

Next lesson: After the two week half term break, We’re going to go wild with wonderful flowery/foliagey watercolour. We’re going to include pattern like Matisse did. Bring watercolours, flowers, foliage, berries etc and a vase. Bring patterned tea towel or patterned fabric scraps.

Some examples of working in the way described in this lesson plan.


About this site...
I am an art teacher living and working in Dorset.  I have taught for the Adult Education Service and the University of Bath, plus some supply teaching in my local schools but now I run all my classes and courses privately. This site is intended as an addition to my teaching, primarily for any student who in the week misses a class and wants to catch up.
The lessons are also available for any one anywhere who would like some ideas on what to teach, what to learn or is just interested in seeing what we do.
I'm afraid I won't be able to answer emails asking for comments on anyone's work (other than for currently enrolled students).
I teach three weekly art classes in halls in and around Blandford in Dorset and every six weeks or so I run a Sunday workshop in a village hall on the outskirts of Blandford. I also run a vibrant five-day summer school.. Other than that I spend every available moment in my studio or drawing and painting elsewhere.
I studied for four years at The Slade School of Fine Art where I was awarded The Slade Prize on graduation. I went on to travel and study further finally doing a P.G.C.E at Exeter University with Ted Wragg as my mentor. It was a wonderful year of education which set me in good stead for my years of teaching since then.



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