Discover Watercolors - An Introduction

An In-Person Class with Valerie Patterson

Saturday, May 14 from 10am to 1 pm EST

(watercolors, beginners)

About the Class

Have you been wanting to try working with watercolor but don't know where to start?

This beginner workshop introduces you to the basics, including:

  • Palette organization
  • Setting up your work space
  • Materials (papers, paints, brushes, and more)
  • Techniques
  • Different types of brush strokes
  • Color mixing and color theory application
  • Basic composition and the
  • Elements and Principles of Art
  • Painting subjects
  • Unique ideas to enhance artistic expression

Through discussion, demonstration, hands on exercises, and a series of take-home skill building lessons will have you well on your way to becoming a watercolorist.

Bring to class:

Participants need to bring several interesting photographs with them to work from – 1 landscape, 1 portrait and one with a subject of your choice. Watercolor materials - paints, brushes, etc. will be on hand for students to use and share.

If you wish to bring your own materials you are welcome to! Email tara@lakeplacidarts.org for recomended paints, etc.

Artist Statement

The beginning and ending of life, childhood vs old age, past vs present, neurosis, hypocrisy, apathy and a lack of integrity and honesty in society...While some of these themes, without contemplation, may be interpreted as negative in nature, I utilize them to encourage thought and emotion in an effort to promote a sense of commonality, discovery, unity and action. It is my belief that it is only when we face the unvarnished truth, no matter how disturbing or uncomfortable, that we are capable of deep understanding and can make real, positive, change. Art can, and does, change the world. It creates a safe place for viewers to experience and process thoughts and emotions. This is art that moves beyond mere aesthetic. This is art to start the conversation. Sometimes just an awakening is enough...

About the Artist

Born in 1963, Patterson grew up in Ogdensburg, NY, the daughter of a presbyterian minister and public school teacher whom she credits for her humanitarianism. An excruciatingly shy child, Patterson spent much of her time alone...thinking, feeling, dreaming and watching... Her interest in art began in earnest in Junior High School. when, she quickly learned that she could communicate more easily visually.

Patterson earned degrees in both art and education followed by careers spanning over 30 years (to date) creating and teaching art.

Asked when she decided to focus on art that conveys social and political messages, Patterson responded "It gradually evolved as I was creating art that was meaningful to me. Once I realized the tremendous power that images can have to make people comfortable or uncomfortable, happy or sad, settled or unsettled, I knew I had a voice. I decided to use my voice to encourage people to see, think and feel – something not always valued in our culture. Awareness replaces ignorance and opens up the possibility of change. If you can't ignore it, then you may feel compelled to change it. I don't recall any one thing prompting that decision. Just a strong need to communicate and share ideas and emotions.

And where do her seemingly endless stream of ideas come from? "I believe that most of my ideas come through me, not from me. Sometimes, ideas simply pop into my head seemingly from nowhere. Other times, some political or social situation will appear in my conversations, in the news, in a movie or in many other ways — repeatedly, beckoning me to paint them."

Patterson's award-winning watercolor paintings have been exhibited extensively throughout the United States in both group and solo exhibitions including at The Bond St. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA and The Arts & Literature Laboratory in New Haven CT.  Awards include 1st Prize in The Dayton Ohio International Museum Of Peace International Juried Peace Arts Exhibition; Juror's Award Of Excellence for the Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center National Juried Exhibition: "Ebb & Flow: The Power Of Water"; several Awards Of Excellence and a Featured Artist Award from Manhattan Arts International; First Prize at The Dayton International Peace Museum for their National Juried Exhibition of Art Encouraging Peace; the Nelda Howell Memorial Award from the Hudson Valley Art Association's 72nd Annual National Juried Art Exhibition (Hastings-On-Hudson, NY).

Saturday 5/14/2022
11:00am - 1:00pm
Per Student:: $65
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