Watercolor Painting: The Seven Species

classes malka watercolor Jan 17, 2021

In this jam packed class, you'll learn to use watercolors to paint pomegranate, fig, wheat, barley, dates, grapes and olive plants, all known as part of 'Seven Species' (Deuteronomy 8:8). We will run through watercolor basics, both in terms of recommended materials and techniques, and you will also learn my approach to sketching from a reference as well as finally painting a detailed piece. 

Topics Covered

  • 'Seven species' background, context, and deeper meaning
  • Wet on wet technique 
  • Wet on Dry
  • Sketching skills
  • Detailed yet loose watercolor painting 

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and available now for all Tier 2 students.  Some classes are also available to Tier 1 students. Click here to see the Tier 1 Class Listing.  

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Materials Needed

  • Watercolor paper - I'm using Canson Aquarelle 300g
  • 1 small round brush, 1 detail brush - I use Size 1 Princeton Select Round size and 0000 
  • Paints - pans or tubes. Must have Yellow, blue, red/ purple - I use a Kuretake pan set
  • Glass of clean water
  • Paper towels
  • Pencil and eraser. Extra: Tombow stone eraser
  • Resource photos. Credit for botanical illustrations
  • Extra: Color wheel for an understanding of color mixing

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Homework Challenge

Want to see our students' homework? Search the hashtag #kcasevenspecies on Instagram to see samples from this week's homework. Our students who participate in this challenge get entered into a drawing to win prizes.

Instructor: Malka Klein

Website: malkaklein.com

Instagram: @malkaklein


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