Summer School #Watercolor Techniques – #PleinAirPainting

Plein Air Painting: Richard Dibenkorn and the Bay Arts Figurists

Watercolor Sample Sheet

Click on the image above to visit the link to the watercolor technique experiments.

Click HERE to Listen to the 7 minute interview from NPR with Richard Dibenkorn and take a look at how Diebenkorn breaks up the space into the shapes and colors – not recognizable forms (trees, streets, houses etc…) and think about those shapes as you paint today. Look at the images on the website as examples. You will have examples to take with you out with you to reference. Make sure you are working with the techniques that the first part of the class gave you – image above and videos we have just watched.

Richard Diebenkorn “Ocean Park Series” – view from his studio…
  • NVAS: 2.1Ac: Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.
  • Question to begin with: What is it you KNOW about watercolors at this point in your art making career? Stop and think about this for a moment. Don’t RUSH your answer. Take a few minutes…
Here is my Richard Diebenkorn”esque” painting from yesterday. I am no Diebenkorn, but the ideas help me, well, let’s see what the ideas help you do first.

End of the Day Reflection (use the back of your page for more reflection space): How did you use the techniques / experiments from the video and the examples from Richard Diebenkorn to create compositions that reflect your observations from the day? Make sure you elaborate on the answers – not just one comment that is vague – think about it!

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