Design with Watercolor

Explore the principles of color and design while enhancing your technical familiarity with the mediums of Watercolor and Gouache. Intended as a foundation level course we will examine basic topics of design and color theory, and how they relate to representational and abstract picture making. We will work from still-life objects and live models as reference points to our thematically patterned exercises. 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 studio course is essential, especially for those who are looking to advance their artistic experience beyond drawing and into painting.

Special Notes
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

What you will learn:

  • The ability to manipulate color

  • 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

Start the term with these supplies:

  • Watercolors, either tubes or half pans. Recommended colors: Ultramarine Blue, Lemon Yellow, Permanent Rose, Viridian, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, and Pthalo Blue. Useful extra colors: Titanium White, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Aureolin Yellow, Payne’s Grey, Burnt Umber.

  • Gouache basic painting set

  • Recommended watercolor brushes: 1) 3/4-in wash flat; 2) #10 round, and 3) either a #4 or #5 pointed round

  • Watercolor paper: 11×14 inches, or larger hot press 90lb minimum (blocks or pads are good)

  • Watercolor palette with wells

  • Containers for water

  • White eraser

  • Drawing pencil (2-4H)

  • Clear plastic ruler

  • Xacto knife

  • Recommend items: masking fluid, magic tape removable (blue box)