This hands-on introductory class will allow you to explore the popular medium of watercolor. You will discover essential techniques during instructor demonstrations and practice painting from still-life setups. Learn about watercolor materials, get help with paper selection and preparation, and gain the basic watercolor skills to be on your way to creating the paintings you always wanted.

This class serves as both an introduction and exploration of the watercolor medium. You will learn a variety of painting techniques including layering and washes, bringing vitality to your work through marks and brushstrokes, dry brush, wet on wet, masking, resist and experimental techniques. Artistic principles such as color, line, value, composition, form, shape and texture will be considered throughout the course.

Participants must have a valid Fleisher membership. Please note that our tuition-free classes for adults fill very quickly. If you are considering purchasing a membership in order to register for a tuition-free class, please click “register” to check whether or not the class is full prior to your purchase.

Required supplies:

  • Pencils 2B and 2H*

  • Kneaded eraser*

  • Paper towels or rags

  • Mixing dish/dishes or palette

  • 2 or more water containers

  • Sketchbook or sketch paper*

  • Sumi ink

  • Natural sponge (optional)

  • Liquid masking fluid (optional)

  • Plastic spray bottle (optional)

  • Watercolor brushes: round tip #4 and #10; and 1-inch flat brush

  • Watercolor paper: block, or individual sheets –140lb cold pressed

  • Watercolor paint (in tubes or pans): a few suggested brands – Blick, Utrecht, Winsor & Newton and Rembrandt Watercolors

  • For beginners or students who wish to use a limited palette: Lemon yellow or Winsor yellow, Cadmium yellow deep, Permanent rose, Alizarin crimson, Ultramarine blue, Cobalt blue

  • For advanced students and/or colors that can be added later: Cadmium red or Cadmium scarlet, Cerulean blue, Cadmium orange, Raw sienna, Burnt sienna, Raw umber, Burnt umber, Viridian green, Payne’s gray

Items marked with an asterisk are available for purchase in Fleisher’s school store. Members receive a 10 percent discount.