Introduction to Watercolor

This online class will explore watercolor as paint material and as a tool for constructing an image. Topics covered will include mixing colors, color theory, paint application techniques, composition, materials. This course is designed for all levels, beginner to advanced: returning students will deepen their knowledge of watercolor and new students will learn techniques to get started and keep painting. First hour of each class will include lecture and demonstration, in the second hour there will be time to work on your own projects with opportunities for questions and discussion.

Participants must have a valid Fleisher membership. Please note that our tuition-free classes for adults fill very quickly. If you are considering purchasing a membership in order to register for a tuition-free class, please click “register” to check whether or not the class is full prior to your purchase.

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.

Required supplies:

  • Paints: Lemon Yellow (or Hansa Yellow), Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre (or Raw Sienna), Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson Permanent (or Quinacridone or Carmine or Rose), Ultramarine Blue, Viridian Green, Raw Umber, Black

  • Watercolor paper (9″x12″ or 8.5″x11”)

  • If you are using loose paper, please bring a hard surface to attach watercolor paper to

  • Blue painters tape or white masking tape

  • A sketchbook

  • A pencil

  • Two brushes – Soft round, with pointed tips – #6 and #12 (or around those sizes)

  • Container for water

  • Paper towels

  • A palette with room to squeeze out each color and good mixing areas to mix color

  • If you have supplies already, and a selection of colors that works for you, bring what you have