Introduction to Watercolor (five-session immersive workshop)

This workshop serves as both an introduction and exploration of watercolor. Learn useful techniques like wet-in-wet, washes and drybrush as well as experimental methods for creating texture. Knowledge of drawing is helpful but not required. Work from photos, still life, and sketches to plan and create your own watercolor paintings while learning or reviewing design principles. Beginners will gain basic skills and knowledge of watercolor and intermediate and advanced students will have the opportunity to review techniques and explore a personal approach to watercolor painting.

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:

  • Color layering

  • Basic techniques like washes, wet-in-wet, drybrush

  • Experimental methods for creating texture (sponging, scraping, spattering)

  • Basic design principles (emphasis, balance, unity)

Required supplies:

  • Pencils: 2B, 2H

  • Kneaded eraser

  • Paper towels or rags

  • Mixing dish/dishes or palette

  • Two or more water containers

  • Sketchbook or sketch paper

  • Watercolor brushes: round tip – #4 and #10 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
  • Additional colors for advanced students or those who want extra colors:

    • Cadmium Red or Cadmium Scarlet
    • Cerulean Blue
    • Cadmium Orange
    • Raw Sienna
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Raw Umber
    • Burnt Umber
    • Viridian Green
    • Payne’s Gray