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Instructor: Shaowei Liu, lushgrass@gmail.com, https://www.instagram.com/lushgrassart
Duration: 9 wks
Date range: March 20 to May 22
(No class: April 3.)
Date(s) of the week: Monday
Hour: 6:30–9 p.m.
Quarter: Spring 2017
Prerequisite: None
Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 106
Price: $180
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Learn the craftsmanship of the Golden Age of Children’s Book Illustration: watercolor over line drawing. In the first half of the semester, students study techniques by copying the masterpieces of prominent artists such as Beatrix Potter, Arthur Rackham, Dulac, etc. Students can explore personal interests of illustration or watercolor the rest of the semester. Advanced students can work on their own stories. Drawing and basic watercolor techniques will also be reviewed in the class.

The goals of this class are to contribute to the well-being of our society by enriching personal lives and to provide some commercial art skill learning that is compatible to what is taught in professional art schools. Class time is divided into demos, hands-on practices, and critiques. Assignments are children’s story illustration, commercial illustration, such as food and wine and greeting cards.

Supply list:

  • Arches watercolor pad, cold press, 9×12″
  • Tracing paper pad, 9×12″, any brand
  • Watercolor paints, Cotman or Winsor&Newton or Grumbacher
    • Cadmium red
    • Alizarine red
    • Lemon yellow
    • Cadmium yellow
    • Yellow ocher
    • Prussian blue
    • Ultramarine blue
    • Cobalt blue
    • Cobalt turquoise
    • Burnt sienna
    • Van Dyke Brown
  • Watercolor brushes: #6 and #8
  • Pencil: H, HB, 2B, 4B
  • Waterproof ink pen such as MICRON , 03
  • Kneaded eraser
  • A glass jar, a white ceramic plate and paper tower
Drawings by Shaowei Liu