Introduction to Watercolor (online, tuition-free)

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.

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:

    • Lemmon 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
  • I prefer cakes because they are more efficient, but it depends on personal preference and either will work. Any professional brand (vs cheaper paints) across the board will do – in the end you will be saving money because the pigment load is higher and therefore you will need less paint to mix colors and make an impact. Recommended brands include: Winsor and Newton (Professional Grade), M Graham, Van Gogh, Schminke, Sennelier, and Daniel Smith.

  • Watercolor paper (9×12 inches or 8.5×11 inches)

  • If you are using loose paper sheets (e.g. your paper does not come in a pad or block): 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!