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Sketchbook Practice: Line and Wash

Artist-instructor: G Caruso

Format: Online Live (livestreaming with class recordings and instructor feedback).

June 20 – August  8, 2022
– 8x Mondays
– 6-8pm CET Online
(6pm in Berlin, 12pm in New York, 9am in San Francisco, 5pm in London)

Cost: 230 Euros
(includes 19%VAT)


What to Expect:

Discover the iconic sketching combination of line and wash. This technique is remarkably efficient for capturing complex scenes and sketching on the go. The results can also be very rewarding when linear drawing meets flowing watercolor.

The practice of combining line with transparent washes has a long history. The style was first used by Wang Wei during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and was further developed in Japan and Europe.  Italian painters embraced the technique for their studies, such as Eugène Delacroix and Giovanni Figino. We will look at examples from the history of this technique in order to gain fresh inspiration for our own work.

Line and Wash Skills:

  • Study different line work styles looking at contemporary artists and sketchers.
  • Use tonal watercolor washes in order to render shadows, volumes.
  • Communicate emotions and impressions from colors
  • Learn simple sketching solutions for various subjects, from flowers to urban landscape to figure.
  • Explore the history of the ‘line and wash’ technique, from Asia to Europe.

Sketchbook Practice Workshops Series:

This workshop is part of the year-round workshop series Sketchbook Practice. See scheduled modules for the entire year HERE. Join at the start of any module! Continuing students receive a 10% discount on consecutive modules.

Our Online Workshop Format:

  • Livestreaming classes take place via online video conference (using Zoom). The instructor conducts live demos with step-by-step instruction so that you can work together in real time. You also have the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback during class time.
  • We keep class sizes small and the atmosphere is interactive and supportive.
  • Finish exercises or practice at your own pace, at home, outside of class time.
  • Receive individual feedback on your completed work and exchange comments and questions with the instructor and your fellow workshop participants in an encouraging environment.
  • Find supplemental material and watch the progress of other participants by visiting the workshop Dropbox folder in between classes.
  • Recordings from each week’s livestreaming session are available in case you miss a class or want to review a demo.