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Old 09-24-2015, 02:23 PM
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Introduction to watercolor at center for senior citizens

I will be teaching a 6 week class in beginning watercolor at a local senior citizen center. I use tube colors myself, and will encourage the students to purchase these - my supply list recommends colors and brands for professional grade as well as student grade paints, but the center wishes my to indicate that they will provide pan sets for those who can not afford the items I have listed. I have resigned myself to the possibility of some people showing up with their own Prang sets. I'm starting the first lesson with painting three fall leaves, one with basic
wash on dry paper, one with glazing, and one wet-in-wet with charged colors. Week two will be painting a monochromatic layered landscape (think Blue Ridge), with a simple pine tree on a bit of land in the foreground. A wet-in-wet sunset will probably be next.

Anyone with advice, or other simple projects to recommend?
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Re: Introduction to watercolor at center for senior citizens

Don't be discouraged by the Prang watercolors. I knew an old guy that used them and did some fantastic work. I think the paper is more important, and that should be really stressed.
I'm thinking back to my first watercolor classes and we did some 5X7 wet into wet skies with different colors in them. I ended up making some little landscapes from them. We did some wash exercises with circles and squares and did the washes with the entire palette so that we knew what our paints looked like when dry. I had fun sponge painting trees. Masking off a birch tree and doing a snow scene would be fun too. If you do some of the projects ahead and show them where they will be "going" when they follow what you say, it will be easier to understand. Watercolors are tricky as you know and it's so easy to get mud. Heaven knows I made enough mud myself. Wishing you much success in your class!

I love your watercolors on your site! Your florals are lovely but snowy branches is my favorite!!!

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Old 09-27-2015, 06:28 PM
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Re: Introduction to watercolor at center for senior citizens

Thanks, Hazartist. The wet-in-wet 5x7s sound like a good idea. And you are so right about the paper I am going to encourage them to invest in some good paper.
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Introduction to watercolor at center for senior cit

Show pictures of yourself and your family. Show pictures of your travels, that also makes for a really interesting introduction lesson. Also, have the students stand up and introduce each other.
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Old 09-02-2017, 03:31 PM
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Re: Introduction to watercolor at center for senior citizens

What a wonderful thing you're doing, teaching watercolors to seniors. I'm a senior myself and after raising 4 kids and 2 grandkids as a single parent. I'm now able to do art work again. I've always used oils when I was younger and trying to support kids without any child support, but now I've decided to use watercolors because they're lightweight to carry around. I can tell you for sure that what you're doing is going to be so wonderful for those seniors.

I just watched a youtube video showing how to make one's own little portable dry pan pallet. She used a big piece of magnet stuff and used bottle caps for the pans. Then she squeezed her tube watercolors into the bottle caps and let them dry. I thought that was just amazing.

I also saw videos of how to make one's own water colors using vinegar, cornstarch and another ingredients and then putting food coloring into the mixture but I don't think that would work very well.

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Old 09-14-2017, 02:02 PM
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Re: Introduction to watercolor at center for senior citizens

Hi, Ellen ! I'm glad that you are getting into painting again. I did oils when I was younger, and fell in love with watercolors when my kids were grown too. Watercolor is just SO much fun. My 6 week watercolor class at the senior center has morphed into an ongoing class, and I have used pretty much every subject and technique at least once. I have 12 regulars, a few of whom are really good, but all of them are enjoying the class, and tell me so often, so I guess I'm doing something right. I would still appreciate any suggestions, as we are always up for trying something new.
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Old 09-28-2017, 12:10 PM
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I am brand new today and this is my first post. It is so great that your teaching aspired to something so wonderful. I have just retired from a gov job and was asked if I would be interested in teaching watercolors to adults. I am self taught and been doing watercolors for about 20 years but not familiar with teaching. I have so many questions but the one I would love feedback on is if the students purchase their supplies or me? Do you suggest pre stretched paper on boards or just 5 x 7 pieces of paper? Any feed back would be greatly appreciated. And congratulations again for such success in teaching others.
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Re: Introduction to watercolor at center for senior citizens

I would fit into the "senior" category, and I think that the activity and mental stimulation of the class is a LOT more important that the results. If your "students" are engaged, and enjoying the process the results are of minor importance. I have laid off painting for a very long time. To me the challenge is to enjoy creative outlet, not be come the next OLD master. Encourage your students to have fun, don't worry about paints, brushes, papers, and other optional equipment engage their MINDS. That should be your focus.
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