Friday, April 8, 2016

Albrecht Durer

Self Portrait
Oil on wood panel
Alte Pinakothek, Munich Germany

This month we are studying Albrecht Durer, a highly influential German Renaissance artist who is known for his stunning prints, paintings, and writings.   His extensive travel to Italy emboldened his introduction of classical motifs into his work, and earned him the title of official court artist to the Holy Roman Emperor (side note: the title denotes neither a religious leader, nor a Roman).




The Wire Mill
Watercolour and gouache on paper, 286 x 426 mm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

This month we will be working on simple wet-on-wet watercolor techniques.  Each student will need the following items to complete their project:

  • Water brush medium point *1 per student (Note: this is not the same as a watercolor brush) click through to see exactly what is recommended for this class 
  • 9x12" Watercolor paper *1 sheet per student This project is very wet, I do not recommend trying to work on construction paper or card stock.  
  • Masking tape *can be shared
  • everyday pencil - of any quality.  Please do not bring a mechanical pencil.  Those tend to crush the tooth of watercolor paper
  • Optional: 
    • Paint Palette (can substitute a few paper plates) 
    • Baby wipes or paper towels for clean-up
    • Crayons - for use on practice page