Alternative watercolor will look at the different ways to create watercolor by developing new forms of pigment with spices, earth, natural dyes, coffee, henna and foods that offer opportunity for color extraction. Through class instruction and experimentation we will traverse the colored playing field to create stunning watercolor effects on paper and three-dimensional objects.
Students will explore, through various application techniques and personal experimentation to find a rhythm within their work and technical skill. This will be done by looking at the different spaces we traverse and by examining the objects within that space. We will be looking at authors who speak about objects and how our perception of things involves how we are oriented towards the world.
Students are expected to show personal growth and development in their skills, and aesthetic awareness.
Synchronous class time will be used to experiment with various forms of watercolor, alternative forms of water based color and manipulating the water to the artist's advantage.
Group critique follows each project that is presented, beginning a critical investigation of the work. Students engage in a conversation that can assist or show the artist what is working within the creative process and which areas can be improved. Participants are expected to form critical comments, make observations, form respectful opinions and listen with the intent. The feedback is about the work and not about the artist.
Our work will be conducted remotely. The faculty will offer alternative assignments if conditions or illness prevent students from accessing our synchronous (scheduled) meetings.