Glass Impressions: Sunlit Ball Jars - Workshop with Helen Beacham
Time & Location
About The Event
NOTE Workshop Hours: Friday April 1 (9:30am-4pm) and Saturday April 2 (8:30am-2pm)
Workshop Description (from the instructor)
Ball jars bring back nostalgic feelings for most of us. A good time with grandmother in the kitchen, and maybe later we saved our favorite marbles or buttons in them! "Painting glass and its reflections is the closest thing I've found to painting fascinating little abstract worlds."
We will follow CDC guidelines in place at the time of the workshop, which could require proof of vaccination and/or the wearing of masks.
About the Instructor
Born in Montreal, Canada, Beacham’s art career began 40 years ago when she moved to Memphis, TN. She and her husband moved to Summerville, SC 15 years ago and in July 2016, she became a U.S. citizen.
Helen is a signature member of American Women Artists, among others. Her work has been juried into two “Splash” books and she was awarded as 1 of 10 in the “Over 60” category in “Artists Magazine”. She takes watercolor students to paint in Venice, France, and Montreal and has plans for a potential trip to Portugal in 2022.
Bring what you have that’s close to these colors!! No need to buy a bunch of new paint unless you want to. Maybe team up with other students and share the cost.
Daniel Smith Winsor & Newton Holbein
Potter’s Pink Burnt Sienna Shadow Green
Permanent Brown Alizarin Crimson Peacock Blue
Shadow Violet Cobalt Blue Leaf Green
Lemon Yellow French Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Green Pale
Manganese Blue Hue
Cobalt Teal Blue Lunar Black
- 1” flat or angled brush
- #14 or #16 Round brush
- #8 or #10 Round brush
- #4 or #6 Round brush
Use your usual palette if you're happy with it. Otherwise, buy a John Pike palette or use Styrofoam plates, especially if you have no empty wells for your new colors.
140# “Watercolor Blocks” (9x12, look for the Arches or Fluid brands or a similar quality). No watercolor padsplease. The paper in pads is not adequate for better quality paintings. You’ll need extra paper for practice exercises, so remove a couple of sheets from the block before you get ready to draw.
MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS THAT YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE: My reference photos. (8.5x11 size, printed on good quality photo paper). Or use your tablet for your photo.
Liquid Masking Fluid (Brand name: “Incredible White Mask” by Grafix is my favorite…but there are other brands that are ok. Make sure the bottle is fresh, not old).
Thick absorbent Towel or Sponge (to absorb water from the brush swabbing).
Spray bottle(with a fine mist)
Pencil, white eraser (not pink)
Hair Dryer Twigs (for use with our masking fluid… (see photo))
- Remember to remove at least 1 sheet of paper from your watercolor block for our practice exercises before you draw on the block.
- You may trace my drawing. The reference image we sent you is sized to roughly 8 x 10.5 so that it fits on a standard 8.5 x 11 paper. Draw it onto the center of a 9x12 block of watercolor paper.
- Draw neither too lightly, nor too dark. Note that the drawing template I sent you is darkened up so that you can easily see it to trace from. Your drawing should be lighter than this.
- Note the “bumps” on the outside edge of some ball jars. Keep those to show the raised letters.
- Note that I moved the background vertical lines so they do NOT line up with the edges of the ball jars. Use my drawing for placement instead! I also removed the ball jar top from the very right edge.
- After you’re done tracing, keep my drawing template and your tracing paper handy in case you need it again.
- Note that, 1 week before class, I’ll send you another file that shows where to place your masking fluid (which you will do before class). The reason I’m waiting is because I fear that applying it now might mean it won’t easily remove by April. Humidity in the air can contribute to such a problem.
- I cut twigs in various thicknesses for applying my masking fluid. When done using a twig, set it aside and when it’s dry, rub the masking fluid off. Twigs are reusable. Cut the twigs on angles on both ends and you can use them like a fountain pen. Be sure you’re using fresh masking fluid so it’s not thick! (see photo)
Feel free to contact me if you have questions:
Helen K Beacham
Registration is open to all artists. CCAL members pay $250 ($50 minimum deposit required). Non-members pay $325 ($50 minimum deposit required).
Note: This event will be held indoors. By registering for this event you agree that you understand the risks of COVID and agree to the CCAL COVID Waiver Policy.
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