Beyond Watercolor

Would you like to further your experiment with watercolor painting? In this online class we will explore a wide range of traditional and contemporary techniques using ink, gouache, and pastel with your watercolors! Working from still life and master works you will use combinations of these mediums to achieve a greater precision, depth, volume, and expressive possibility. Instructor demonstrations and visual presentations of others’ work will compliment this hands-on class.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place onsite at Fleisher. Please review our COVID-19 community safety policies for current guidelines.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for winter term assistance is Wednesday, November 23; Notifications will be sent by Wednesday, December 7.

What you will learn:

  • How to use various mediums in combination to enhance precision, depth, volume, chromatic variation, and expressive possibility

  • How mediums interact and how to combine or modify them to achieve a desired result

  • Learning through examples of others’ work

Required supplies:

  • You can have a rich and rewarding class using simply a basic watercolor set and some pastels. Having said that, there are limitless possibilities you are invited to explore. The supply list below indicates that possibility. Each student’s experience will be tailored to what they bring and what they want to do. We will make whatever you bring work; this class is all about resourcefulness.

  • Tubes and/or pans (they are interchangeable and inter-mixable). If you do not have any, begin with a basic set of (approximately) ten colors. If you have some colors, supplement the colors you have so that you have a white, a magenta, a red, an orange, a yellow, a green, a cyan, a blue, a violet, and a brown.

  • Recommended colors:

    • Lemon Yellow
    • Cadmium Orange
    • Cadmium Red
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Cobalt Blue
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Viridian
    • Dioxazine Violet
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Raw Umber
    • Burnt Umber
    • Lamp Black
    • Chinese (Zinc) White
  • Brushes:

    • Minimum: 3/4-in wash flat, #10 round, #5 pointed round.
    • Optional applicators: more brushes, sponges, dip pen, reed pen, painting knife, toothbrush, spray bottle, squeegee…
  • Supports:

    • Watercolor paper – 90lb minimum/140lb recommended. Cold press (for a start). 11×14 inch or larger. Blocks or pads are good.
    • Optional: cover stock, mounting paper in stretchers, wooden panels, and (fine-grained) canvas. Some alternative supports will require PVA size, Golden Absorbent Ground and/or Fine Pumice Gel.
  • Dry materials: please select a few or many of the following:

    • Graphite pencils
    • Pastel pencils
    • Pastel crayons
    • Conté pencils/crayons, charcoal (compressed, vine, powdered, etc.)
    • Lyra Aquacolor (or similar) water-soluble pencils/crayons
  • Liquid materials: please select a few or many:

    • India Ink (waterproof)
    • Colored inks
    • Gouache
    • Acrylic paints
    • Golden Absorbent Ground
    • Golden Fine Pumice Gel
    • Coffee
  • Mixing and cleaning:

    • Paper towels and/or rags
    • Mixing tray
    • Two jars for water