Advanced Watercolor Techniques: Painting the Landscapes of RMNP
August 1 - 2, 2013
Course Level: II Course #: S2020
Instructor: Karen Ramsay
Location: Rocky Mountain Nature Association Field Seminar & Conference Center
1895 Fall River Road, Estes Park, Colorado
Time: 8:30 AM-4:00 PM
Course Description: This two-day seminar will give you the techniques one needs to capture the landscape in watercolor. We will open our eyes to the beauty surrounding us and learn ways to paint skies, mountains, water, trees and much more. You need to be familiar with drawing and painting in watercolor. We will be in the classroom the first half day and on location the remaining time.
Course Level: II
Short-distance walks throughout the day on primarily level terrain (Possible sites include Moraine and Horseshoe Parks and sites along Trail Ridge Road.)
Brief Instructor Biography (additional information available at www.rmna.org):
Karen Ramsay grew up in Lakewood, Colorado. From an early age she enjoyed a love for drawing and painting. Karen graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver. She has studied under many talented artists including: Charles Reid, Burton Silverman, Frank Webb and Eric Weingardt. In 2001, Karen was featured in the Big Sky Journal as an Artist of the West. Karen enjoys plein-air painting. Some of her favorite locations include Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Teton National Park and her own backyard! Most recently, teaching watercolor has allowed her to share this passion with many students. A quote from a recent student:
“Thanks again for your tremendous class. You are such a great teacher, so positive and encouraging! You have a true gift in teaching, not to mention in painting!” Karen and her husband live in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Instructor’s Website: www.karenramsay.com
Expectations: Professional conduct will be expected from participants at all times. Individual ideas will be respected. Except during course breaks, cellular phones, pagers, and personal entertainment devices are strictly prohibited in the classroom and during field sessions.
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Tentative Course Schedule:
Thursday morning: Classroom, then to Alluvial Fan area for lunch and painting in the afternoon
Friday morning: Meet at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center at 8:00 am to car-pool to Sprague Lake for the day.
What to Bring:
Sack lunch, snacks, energy bars, and Water
Suggested Supply List
We will be painting on location in the Park; so we need to be prepared for this.
Our supplies should be easy to carry.
Lightweight foldable chair or stool, umbrella and or hat, bug spray and sunscreen, snacks and water to drink, lightweight telescoping easel or paint box, plastic bag – for trash, sketch book,
watercolor paper • 9 X 12 or smaller • 140-lb coldpress • or w/c sketchbook, board and tape to hold paper down if needed, mechanical pencil .05 or .07, 2B regular pencil, “sketch-and-wash” pencil, waterproof fine tip marker - Micron Pigma size .05 or .08 is a nice marker, kneaded eraser,
smaller paint “set up” in palette, watercolor brushes #8 or #10 round and or your favorites,
watercolor paints (Tube paints work best–artists or professional grade–using these will make a difference.)
cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, cerulean, sap green, aureolin, raw sienna, burnt umber, burnt sienna, cadmium red or scarlet lake, alizarin crimson, quinacridone gold (a nice treat)
Water container, small spray bottle (You will need to keep your paints moist.), paper towels or towel
A supply kit will be available for purchase at $145 per student. This will include: 9 X 12 w/c block of paper (12 sheets), 6 X 8 guerrilla backpacker w/c palette with lid, guerrilla quill brush #2, sketch and wash pencil, waterproof fine tip marker, sketch pad, 2-oz spray bottle (for water), small bellows brush washer (collapsible water holder), Schmincke brand w/c - 5 ml tube paints: burnt sienna, ultramarine finest, alizarin crimson, aureolin modern.
Remember to Bring the 10 Essentials:
Rocky Mountain National Park recommends that hikers always carry the 10 essentials in their daypacks.
Raingear Map and compass Flashlight or headlamp
Sunglasses and sunscreen Candles Matches or other fire starter
Pocketknife First-aid kit Extra layers of clothing
Sack lunch, snacks, and water
Note: Rocky Mountain Field Seminars recommends that participants for all courses dress in layers and wear comfortable, sturdy hiking boots/shoes. Participants should be prepared for sudden changes in temperature and weather conditions.
Teacher Recertification Credit:
Most seminars are eligible for teacher recertification credit through the Centennial Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES). The fee is $25.00 per seminar (.5 unit) or $25.00 per series of threaded seminars (1.0 - 3.0 units). A list of threaded seminars can be found online at www.rmna.org. Participants must enroll in all seminars of a threaded series in order to qualify for the $25.00 multi-unit fee. Please be prepared to pay for this credit with a check, made payable to BOCES, on the first day of a seminar or on the final day of a threaded series of seminars.