Everything Watercolor, including the kitchen sink!
Online Zoom Class – Maximum of 12
Great for beginners or students that are new to online programming
Wednesday • 6-weeks • 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Session 1: January 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24
Break: March 3
Session 2: March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14
Watercolor is not as difficult as you may think! Through demonstrations and exercises, you’ll learn how to work with watercolor rather than against it to create representational and non-representational paintings full of textures and color. Designed for beginners and intermediate artists alike, the focus of this online class will be playing with watercolor and having fun.
I realize that it’s a little harder to get art supplies right now. Think of this list as the ideal, but we’ll make do with what you already have or can get. Beginners, I’d recommend getting just the minimum required, then you can see if you like watercolor before you buy a lot of supplies. Feel free to contact me with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Watercolor Paper: Use at least 140 lb. watercolor paper with a Cold Press or Rough surface. Good brands include Strathmore 400 series, Fabriano, and Arches. A watercolor block will only allow you to work on one painting at a time, so you may want a pad or sheets of paper instead. I do not stretch my paper, but you are welcome to if you want.
Watercolors in Tube or Pan Form: Professional artist-quality paints are best, but less expensive but also good student grade watercolors included Winsor & Newton “Cotman”, and Grumbacher “Academy” lines. Professional watercolor brands include DaVinci, M. Graham, Daniel Smith, Winsor & Newton, and Grumbacher. Dick Blick and Utrecht also offer their own watercolor lines.
Colors: You can start with just 3 colors, a red, a yellow and a blue, and mix all of your other colors from those three. Some options might be:
Reds, Yellows, Blues, Alizarin Crimson Hansa Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Rose Gamboge, Prussian, Blue Winsor Red, Winsor Yellow, Winsor Blue,
Pyrrol Red, Lemon Yellow, Cereulean Blue
Palette: There are so many options for palettes. I use a Mijello Fusion air-tight watercolor palette, but you can go as simple as clear or white plastic plates to mix your colors on! Most pan paints come with a palette built in.
Brushes: For beginners, a small #1-#4 round brush for detail and a medium sized #8-#12 brush for larger areas will be a good start. A 3/4” or 1” flat or wash brush is handy, but not required. The size of the brush is noted on the brush handle. Make sure your brushes are made for watercolor painting – watercolor brushes are designed to hold a lot of water, unlike oil painting brushes for example. Princeton has some good budget brushes available at Artist & Craftsman Supply. Simply SImmons (Michael’s or Dick Blick online carry these) is another good inexpensive brand. Utrect, Grumbacher and Winsor & Newton all have good synthetic or natural hair watercolor brushes. Good quality watercolor brushes can be expensive, but make painting much easier!
• Pencil (2B is fine) • Tracing paper • Printer or basic drawing paper
• Eraser (I recommend a kneaded eraser) • Tissues • Paper towels or rags
• Containers for water • Hair dryer
I’ll be mentioning other optional supplies as the class goes along.
Some Art Supply Companies
Artist & Craftsman Supply 7926 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill
dickblick.com (also has brick & mortar stores in Philadelphia and Allentown)
Feel free to contact me with questions at email@example.com