Exploring Color with Water-Based Media

Ink, watercolor, gouache: these three mediums are often linked together. How are they different? In this online class you will learn to identify the properties of these exciting water-based mediums and how to combine them. By making your own color charts, abstract design explorations, and traditional still life paintings you will develop a strong understanding of color mixing and color strategies. Painting techniques including glazing, lifting, masking and wet into wet will be thoroughly investigated.

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. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

This is an eight-session class. Class will not be held on January 18 and February 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and President’s Day.

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 is Wednesday, Dec. 2.

What you will learn:

  • Gain confidence in working with mixed water-based mediums

  • A broader understanding of color mixing

  • Strengthen your painting skills and brushwork

  • Develop awareness of design and composition through color

Required supplies:

  • Rags and water bucket

  • Small round soft brush (#6)

  • Medium round soft brush (#12)

  • 1″ flat brush

  • Use quality watercolor paper 140lb weight or heavier. Many people like using paper with a cold press finish. This can be either sheets or blocks.

  • HB pencil and sharpener

  • Eraser

  • Ruler

  • Good quality watercolor paint either in tube form or pan form (Winsor Newton, Van Gogh, Holbien, Daniel Smith, Sennilier are all good brands).

  • You do not need all of these colors. Just have at least two shades of blue, red, and yellow plus a brown and green

  • Recommended shades: Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Turquoise Light, Ultramarine Blue, Curelean; Cadmium Red, Bright rose, Quinacridone Red, Alizarin Crimson; Hansa Yellow Light, Auerolin Yellow, New Gamboge; Burnt Seinna (brown), or Indian red(red brown); Viridian/ Pthalo Green

  • Portable watercolor box or paint mixing tray (this can be part of your paint set)

  • Waterproof black drawing ink

  • Gouache

  • Masking fluid (optional)

  • Sea sponge (optional)

  • Spray bottle (optional)

  • Painters tape

  • Color wheel

  • Gray scale and value finder (some color wheels include this)