Hosted by the Southern California Chapter | 3 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective
Learn the basic principles of watercolor with a hands on three hour class taught by architect John P. Margolis, AIA. He will discuss the merits of certain kinds of paper, watercolor brushes, practical applications of watercolor paint including varying wash techniques, color mixing, and paint selections. Students will need to bring the listed materials to class, and will be encouraged to try wash technique, and generate a color chart for future reference. This class is intended to help students become acquainted with watercolor as medium for the first time, or as a refresher course if they have had limited experience.
Please note: All students are welcome. However, students new to watercolor who are planning to attend upcoming course: Techniques for Watercolor Sketching (offered in Santa Barbara on October 15th) are encouraged to take this class as a prerequisite.
The fundamental techniques covered in this class are essential to architectural wash rendering, as well as constructing more general watercolor compositions.
This class is eligible for 3 AIA CES Learning Units | Elective
Please email [email protected] if you would like AIA credit for attending
Materials list and residential address will be sent upon registration.
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John Margolis explored hand drawing from a very early age, but first started watercolor painting by chance. He attended the Royal College of Art’s watercolor class in 1989 through a UCLA Extension program during his tenure at the Boston firm of Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott. Watercolor is now his preferred medium.
He received his bachelor’s degree with a Major in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, and later his Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986. He pursued his lifelong passion for architecture and urban design during his tenure at numerous prestigious firms including Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Shepley Bulfinch. But his primary interest has always been residential architecture and particularly the design of the built form and the surrounding landscape as a seamless unity. This prompted his master’s thesis planning and design study: The Villa and the Garden - Suburbia Reexamined at the Carolands Mansion in Hillsborough, California.
John joined Appleton Partners, LLP in 2019 following nearly five years at Evens Architects in Los Angeles. He maintained his own practice, Margolis, Incorporated for over twenty years on the affluent Gold Coast north of Boston from 1994-2014. There he designed many varied residential designs - predominantly in the traditional vernacular, typical of the grand estates built over a century earlier. His passion for classical and traditional architecture led him to the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) where he served as New England Chapter President for five consecutive years and is currently a Fellow and Southern California Board Member. John is also a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is licensed in Massachusetts. His projects have been published in periodicals both domestically and in Europe.
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Instructional Delivery Method: Live In-Person Learning Program
Program Level: Introductory
Prerequisites: None required.
AIA CES Program Approval Expiration Date: September 1, 2025
Provider Number: G193
Provider Statement: The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number G193. All registered AIA CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider or this learning program may be sent to AIA CES ([email protected] or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).
This learning program is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.
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