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Water Color, Color Theory, & No Boboli Gardens

During an early studio meeting, Curt taught us how to watercolor, a water-soluble paint that can either be saturated or more desirably be more transparent. He gave us a demo on how paper can react to watercolor: how to keep it flat, how it can buckle when wet, how the different amount of paint can have different effects when applied thick, thin, and with different layers, and how the paint can change with different amounts of water.  Watercolor while is not very forgiving is an interesting medium as it can reactivate simply by adding water. He proceeded to explain how all paints are basically pigment combined with a binder such as water, egg, plaster, oil, and polymer to achieve different paints such as watercolor, tempera, fresco, oil, and acrylic. We also were taught basic color theory: hues of the color wheel; tints, tones, and shades; and spatial qualities of color.

After students went on their own ways for lunch, the group reunited at the Pitti Palace to visit the Boboli Gardens. Unfortunately the garden was closed due to an unknown reason but hope was not lost. We walked over to San Fredrano Park instead to try out our new watercolor knowledge. Also, on the way over we got to visit a sculpture studio that has been owned by 6 generations of a family which the studio now teaches sculpture; a great unexpected delight!

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