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The origins of Watercolor date back to the Medieval times, in which colors diluted with water were used by miniaturists in their manuscripts, but the real Watercolor as we know it today, is quite recent. This consists in the use of pigments, finely ground and mixed with a binder such as gum arabic, diluted in water and spread in fluid glazes on paper. The technique is very appreciated for its speed of execution and for the ease of transport of the materials for those who paint while traveling and outdoors.
We refer to the watercolors by Albrecht Dürer, depicting animals and landscapes, as to the first examples of this technique in Occident. Conceived, not as independent artworks, but as study sketches to be re-elaborated for paintings and engravings, the works created with this technique turned out to be some of the greatest masterpieces of the German master.
Until the Seventeenth Century, watercolors was used almost exclusively for studies or illustrations, we had to wait until the Nineteenth Century for this technique to be considered a proper form of art. Among the great masters who have used it we also find Canaletto, Turner, Monet, Cézanne, Picasso, Hopper, Klee, Kandinskij and many more.
Characteristic of a good watercolor is above all the extreme lightness and immediacy of expression, this requires a certain speed of execution and therefore a lot of exercise on the part of those who approach the discipline for the first time. The Watercolor course offers the students the opportunity to learn the basics of this technique in order to be able to work independently.
The course is part of the Painting and Drawing program and is available in three types:
-Basic course (6 hours per week)
-Semi-intensive course (10 hours per week)
-Intensive course (20 hours per week)
The minimum enrollment is 2 weeks for the Basic and Semi-intensive type, and 1 week for the Intensive type.
All our teachers speak Italian and English.
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It is possible to book private lessons.
A particularity of the watercolor painting is that white is not used, the color of the paper is used for the areas that must remain white.
With this technique, we proceed first by identifying the parts in light and then adding the color in the dark parts.
The use of watercolors requires a certain speed of execution and does not allows second thoughts, this makes it a not very easy technique to master.
Students start by wetting the whole work surface, dipping the sheet of paper in the water and letting it dry enough to start painting.
Then they proceed by transferring the drawing on the paper with very light strokes and then applying the color in glazes, starting from the lightest base and then adding the chiaroscuro.
An alternative method is to wet only certain areas of the paper and let the color expand autonomously within these areas, but this will require a certain skill on the part of the artist to know how to guide and follow the movement of the color on the paper to get the desired results.