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Aspiration Hill at Forest Lawn, Photograph

Aspiration Hill at Forest Lawn, Photograph

Class / Workshop  |  Four Seasons-Four Paintings: Watercolor Plein Air at Forest Lawn


Sunday, August 6, 2017, 1–5 pm

International Center for Watercolor Artist Inspiration Series

Artist/Instructor:  Jennifer Koury

One season workshop:  $48 BPAC member/$58 BPAC not-yet member

Participants will create a watercolor painting of the area Aspiration and the hill above it with detailed angels and obelisks at Forest Lawn in its current seasonal landscape; winter, spring, summer, and fall.  Instructor will provide guidance and encourage individual's styles for personal watercolor interpretations of each corresponding season.  Included is a short demo on value sketches and focal points.  Participants may attend one or all of the four season plein air painting sessions at Forest Lawn and its surrounding landscape.   Colder paint outs will start outside and move inside to finish the painting.

An exhibition to celebrate Forest Lawn's Four Seasons participant's paintings will be displayed at the Margaret L. Wendt Visitor's Center at the culmination of all four sessions.

Jennifer Koury, a watercolorist, delights in both the natural world's play of light and color on forms, and watercolor's whimsical properties: color bleeding, reticulation and natural paint sediments.  Koury has enjoyed a rewarding career as a dedicated painter and freelance illustrator.  She is published in both children's and adult based books. Her work is featured at George Washington's Mount Vernon and Yuma Regional Medical Center, Arizona.  After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in Painting and Printmaking, Koury continued her studies to graduate from the Art Center College of Design, California.  She resides with her family in Buffalo and is inspired by the natural beauty of Western New York.

To register contact Kathy Gaye Shiroki at 716-878-3549 or email or download the registration form on the BPAC website.

Supply List:

1.  Firm painting surface or masonite drawing board with watercolor paper of your choice attached/taped to surface, OR participants may purchase Arches 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper from instructor during class to adhere to their surface. 

2.  Sketch book for composition, value and color notations, average book size or smaller, a pen to take notes if you wish, and several soft leaded drawing pencils-4B and 6B, OR a regular #2 pencil with a workable eraser,  kneaded eraser- Kohinoor and Prismacolor are good kneaded eraser brands. Optional: Colored pencils to also to an outside color study.

3.  Watercolors and a palette you already have, or a basic set that includes a palette and 10-12 paint tubes.  Outdoor drawing/painting supplies you are comfortable working with, which may include a camping chair and portable easel and a small stool for your palette/drawing supplies. 

*Due to the winter weather, the first season of the Four Season Plein Air Workshop will be held partially inside the Chapel.  Participants will take photos and do sketches outside with value and color indications. If it is warm enough, participants may paint outside if they wish.

4. Your favorite brushes or: # 10 and #4 round brush, Simply Simmons soft synthetic brand or Gold Taklon available at AC Moore, or soft round brushes you already have that come to a point. 1 " flat brush, Simply Simmons brand or similar synthetic, available at AC Moore. Optional: Larger flat brushes approximately 2" for washes if you have them.

5.  Plastic container with a lid filled with water for painting.

6.  Camera and IPad or tablet to take photos which can be viewed immediately and used in conjunction with your outdoor sketches, so you may continue your painting inside during the workshop.

7.  Dress appropriately for the temperature in layered warm clothes, including gloves, hat, scarf, boots and sunglasses.  Using thin latex gloves under winter gloves helps to keep hands warm.

8.  Bag lunch and water