Everyone needs a sketchbook and pen, pencil, eraser so that you can take notes, capture ideas and warm-ups for critical thinking: It can be a sketchbook that is already started.
The skills that we need in order to be able to think critically are varied and include observation, analysis, interpretation, reflection, evaluation, inference, explanation, problem solving, and decision making.
Question? Do I have to have my idea before class begins. I am going to send everyone information before class to help stimulate your process for creating. My job is to prepare and support your journey towards your idea. You are probably thinking about what is my idea? So start writing down anything that pops into your head without censoring and continue until you have 20 more or less. Then think of how they might be resolved with paint paper? Paint collage. Just black and White. Drawing only with the brush. Timed you get the idea
Suggestion for paints. Each student will use the acrylic paints and mediums that they decide they will need for their work. If you are new to this idea you may use paints that you have already purchased and add to them as the need arises.
Brushes and Palette knives: Brushes and knives are the extension of our hands and create marks that relate to their shape and the type of hair that is in the brush. Smooth synthetic brushes last a long time and contour to create a flowing mark. Bristle brushes are for leaving the mark of the paint. I have favorites but usually use all of my brushes to keep the color fresh.
Surfaces; If you use watercolor paper I would encourage your to use 300 lb. I like to work with raw paper but gessoing your paper is another way to start and can help less dense paper to stay flat. I know that several students have their own formula for working on surfaces like mat board or multimedia board. Deciding on what to create on and what it will tolerate is one of the first decisions after an idea is born. For this class your choice of substrates is wide open. You can work with any scale and surface that facilitates upper series. A reminder that in some instances the format can help to control the series.
Suggestion clean up and storage
A computer is essential. Having the larger screen makes seeing the class easier. You can use tablets and /or your phone however the images will be smaller. It will help you to have your computer up on a few books or a box to keep it out of the paints and to bring it to your eye level instead of down like you would normally be typing with it.
Work area is important. Please consider dedicating a space that you are comfortable working in and you can return to during the week to explore your idea. Here are some links that might be fun to look at for ideas :
Personally I am painting now in my detached garage with a/c and portable heaters. I painted the walls white and took the ceiling out with a crowbar to not feel confined. I am replacing fluorescents with natural bulbs. I have 24 x 48 table that folds down that I use for painting, purchased from Lowes. Some of them have handles to carrying them with and they fold in half after the legs go down. I have to bring water to the studio. I bring several containers leaving one as the slop bucket. Litter to solidify the paint ware so that I can throw in trash or I could take the slop water to the dump as toxic waste.
There are several ideas on line about letting the paint water dry and then use as a skin or dispose of it. I will tell you that when acrylic paint dries in a bucket it will give off a noxious smell. So I cap mine and add the cat litter.
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