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Kristen Olson Stone Fine Art

Watercolor Sketching 1-day Workshop In Palm Desert

Watercolor Sketching 1-day Workshop In Palm Desert

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Join me for a relaxing day of watercolor sketching while we take in the beauty of the gorgeous scenery in Palm Desert and Palm Springs.

This will be a small group class of 8 students or less.

I'll begin with a 1 hour morning sketching painting demonstration with instruction on how to compose, draw and paint a colorful, fun sketch of a landscape!  My palette will be visible at all times so you can watch me mix colors.  Next, you will do your own sketch from start to finish with my help:).

For the rest of the afternoon I will go from person to person offering personal instruction to each of you at your level.  I will support you as you develop your own painting style.  I will do another demonstration in the afternoon.  These sketching workshops are a chance for you to sketch and paint 2 or 3 or more different landscapes. .

 This class is suitable for complete beginners through advanced artists.

Workshop will be from 10:00am-3:30pm at a variety of locations in and around Palm Desert

Watercolor Sketching supply list:

1. A sketchbook size 6" x 8" up to 9" x 12",  90 lb - 140lb or 300gsm paper is a good choice, watercolor paper or multi media paper is fine  I will demonstrate on a Rembrandt hardbound watercolor journal.  These can be purchased at Jerry’s Artorama online.  

2. Permanent black ink pen size .05  These are made by Micron, Staedtler or Sharpie.  I will demonstrate with a refillable TWSBI Diamond 580 ink pen with an “F” nib or Fine nib and De Atramentis document or Archive ink in black in a 45ml. bottle  I purchased these online at The Goulet Pen Company.  I recommend the refillable pens if you sketch a lot.  They make a better line and are more economical than the disposable pens.  
3. A travel sized watercolor set I will use the Rembrandt 12 color set or 24 color set.  These can be purchased online at many different places.  You can also buy tubes of paint, ann empty kit and make your own.  It’s best to have at least 2 versions of each hue including red, yellow, green and blue plus a couple of earthy browns and a violet.   
My favorite colors for making a 16 color watercolor set using tubes is:
Cadmium yellow lemon, Azo yellow deep, Yellow ochre
Cadmium red, Madder lake deep, Quinacridone rose, permanent red violet or primary magenta, Mauve 
Ultramarine blue, Cobalt blue, Manganese blue pthalo, Prussian blue
Permanent green, pthalo green
Burnt sienna, Burnt umber
4. 1 paintbrush, a No. 6 or 8 round brush.   I primarily use the Silverbrush Voyage Black Velvet Travel brush size #6 but I have the whole set which includes a #2, 4, 6, and 8.  These can be purchased at most online art stores and Amazon.  
I also sometimes use the Rosemary & Co. R14 Dagger brush in the travel size.
5. Water cup and a few paper towels, I use the Faber-Castel Click And Go silicone water cup.
6. White chinagraph pencil and white Posca acrylic pen .07mm with bullet tip.
7. A tote bag to keep everything in and a folding chair or stool if you'd like.
A leadholder with 2B leads
A white plastic eraser
Also remember to bring a hat, sunscreen, water and snacks!
***Less is more!  The less you have to carry, the better time you will have!  

***If you do not have supplies, don't worry, I can lend you everything you need for the day for a fee of $35. 

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What student's say

Kristen, thank you for the great workshop! Everyone agreed we have never had anyone give such an informative presentation. 


I have taken a number of workshops, mentoring sessions and online classes and Kristen is hands-down my favorite instructor. She is not only an extremely talented artist, but an effective teacher. It is truly a gift to be able to provide valuable and meaningful advice and guidance in a positive and inspirational way. Kristen is so encouraging and can explain difficult concepts clearly and put them in the context of your individual skills as an artist. I highly recommend Kristen’s online classes and if you have the opportunity to work with her in person, don’t miss it!.....Marie


I loved how you used a slightly different mix of colours as you continued, and you carefully and clearly explained the colours you were blending. This made it a lot easier to follow and achieve a result far greater than I thought I could have done otherwise. 


The construction lines were a great tool and explaining how they worked during the compositional stage really helped pull the foreground into the focal point. I kept this in mind as I continued the finishing touches and I believe it made a huge difference to my finished painting. 


My big 'aha' moment was when you were describing shapes and discussing having too many of the same size. I then looked at the positive and negative shapes and saw my work from a completely different perspective. This was a game changer for me. 


Thank you so much Kristen, this has been a wonderful painting to do, I have learnt so much and look forward to painting many more......Sophia H



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