Design with Watercolor

Explore the principles of color, design, and composition while enhancing your technical familiarity with the mediums of watercolor and gouache in this foundation level class. We will relate design and compositional principles to representational and abstract picture making. We will work from still-life, photo, real space, and our sensibilities. Whether you are looking to strengthen the composition of your work through concepts such as harmony, rhythm, balance, dominance, and contrast, or gain practical experience manipulating aqueous mediums, this class is essential, especially for those who are looking to advance their artistic experience beyond drawing and into painting. The beginning of each class will feature the introduction of concepts and physical demonstrations. Then, you will work in class as the instructor discusses with you your work. In these talks, you will learn how to apply principles of design and techniques of painting to further your work.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place in our building with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.

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. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for summer term assistance is Friday, May 27th. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, June 1st.

What you will learn:

  • The ability to manipulate color and watercolor paint

  • The ability to carry out a successful strategy throughout the process

  • Learn the basic principles of two-dimensional design

  • Awareness of color interactions: harmony, saturation, and complementary

Required supplies:

  • Watercolors, either Tubes or Half Pans. Recommended colors:

    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Lemon Yellow
    • Permanent Rose
    • Viridian
    • Chinese (Zinc) White
    • Cadmium Red
    • Cadmium Yellow
    • Pthalo Blue
    • Dioxazine Violet
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Raw Umber
    • Burnt Umber
    • Lamp Black

    Optional colors:

    • Cobalt Blue
    • Cerulean Blue
    • Aureolin Yellow
  • Recommended watercolor brushes:

    • 3/4-in wash flat
    • #10 round
    • either a #4 or #5 pointed round
  • Watercolor Paper: 11×14 inches, or larger hot press 90 lb minimum (blocks or pads are good)

  • Watercolor palette with wells

  • Two containers for water

  • White eraser

  • Drawing pencil (HB or harder)

  • Clear plastic ruler

  • X-acto or Olfa snap-off knife

  • Masking tape removable (Blue box)

  • Recommended items:

    • Masking fluid
    • Gouache basic painting set (basic set of ten colors)