This is a four week series of classes, designed for students of all levels. Along with oil paining classes that most LAAFA students are doing, it’s very important, once in a while to switch to different mediums, for example watercolor. This medium takes us back to the first painting classes in childhood and reminds us why we fell in love with art in the first place. Skills in watercolor improves students ability to capture quick and legible impression of the subject matter, forces the student to look at color in a new way and a very useful skill for travel studies. In this class we will concentrate on still life and portrait.
Part One: (Still Life)
In this class we will discuss still life in watercolor technique. There will be brief discussion on watercolor in art history. We will discuss variety of procedures accompanied with demonstrations on color mixing.
Homework: Still life study.
Part Two: (Still Life)
In this class we will discuss working on volume and details in watercolor. There will be a demonstration finishing still life in watercolor.
Homework: Finish still life.
Part Three: (Portrait)
In this class there will be a quick lecture on watercolor portrait in art history, followed by a demonstration. There will be a demonstration on laying in portrait in watercolor.
Homework: Portrait lay in.
Part Four: (Portrait)
Demonstration and discussion on volume and painting features of the face in watercolor.
Homework: Finish portrait.
A virtual room link will be sent to you up to 24 hours prior to your class start date. A short tutorial will be given prior to the live class starting.
Unable to attend a sessions? No worries, ALL students will have access to watch the recorded session for 7-days. Recording available 1 day after live session.
- Any professional set of watercolors
- Any watercolor paper pad 12×16 or larger
This online course requires the use of the Zoom program. You will need a computer, tablet or smartphone (with camera preferred) and internet. To download the program, click on the following link: zoom.us/download.
Leon Okun was born on February 6, 1980 in a small town in Siberia, Russia. In 1993 Leon’s family immigrated to San Diego. His interest in figurative art developed while taking art classes at Mesa Community College, where he was given complete freedom of exploration. This freedom led him to a profound interest in figurative drawing and propelled Leon to pursue the kind of program that would satisfy his passion for fine art.
Leon’s educational art journey began at Watts Atelier (a small private art school with an emphasis on the traditional fine art), where he studied for two and a half years. There he met Ron Lemen, an art instructor at Los Angeles Academy of Fine Arts. To this day, Leon gives Ron Lemen credit for inspiring him to believe in himself and to set the highest possible standards for personal artwork.
In 2003 Leon returned to Russia to explore Russian art schools and museums. Painters like I. E. Repin, V. Serov, and V. Surikov captured his interest and helped him develop the best possible vision any artist can have: To become a serious painter.
It was then, in 2003, that Leon decided to apply to the Repin Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. Repin Academy of Arts is a two hundred and fifty seven year old historic institution. It has been the birthplace of the most famous Russian painters. It was clear to Leon that if he wanted for himself the best art education in the world, than it would have to be the Repin Academy of Arts.
After two years of intense preparation Leon got accepted to the Academy, where he studied for six years and received both a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Art and a Masters Degrees in Fine Arts.
In 2011 Leon returned to San Diego and immersed himself into teaching, sharing with his students the wonderful education he had received at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg.
Successful in his own right as a Artist and as a Teacher, Leon now inspires his students to search our their dreams and to strive to achieve their own personal best.
Leon is a member of the California Art Club, the American Portrait Society, the American Impressionist society, and the Plain Air Painters of San Diego.
Leon has participated in and won numerous art competitions in San Diego and throughout Southern California. His style of painting is based on the traditional European classical art, and color pallet that so many Russian painters are famous for.
Most recently Leon had several successful exhibitions that drew a great deal of interest in the art community.
LAAFA reserves the right to cancel any class/workshop, limit workshop size, change workshop times or substitute instructors for those listed in the schedule. If a workshop is cancelled; students may transfer to another workshop, use credit on artschoolvideos.com, keep credit on file or be issued a full refund.
All online classes and workshops are non-refundable, non-transferable and no makeups are available.
A 7-day recording is provided the day after the online live class. No recording extensions are permitted.
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