Watercolor: Methods and Techniques

There are so many exciting and different ways to approach a watercolor painting, but what are the best applications for all of these techniques? In this online class, discover the limitless possibilities of this versatile medium. Working from both your own still-life objects, design exercises and photographs we will explore topics of color mixing, value and composition. Learn expressive brushwork, clear vibrant glazing, lifting, masking/stencils, pour painting and spattering techniques that will give your paintings more energy and emotional impact.

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.

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, Aug. 12. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, August 26.

What you will learn:

  • Brushstrokes and washes

  • Value and composition wash studies

  • Color mixing

  • Reserving whites, glazing, and layering

  • Lifting methods

  • Caran D’ache crayons and watercolor

Required supplies:

  • A water bucket/container

  • Brushes: Small round soft brush (#6), Medium round soft brush (#12), 1″ Flat Brush

  • Color wheel

  • Dry pastels or watercolor crayons

  • Eraser

  • Good quality watercolor paints either in tube form or pan form such as Winsor Newton, Van Gogh, Holbien, Sennilier. Have at least two shades of blue, red and yellow plus a brown and green. Some recommended shades: Cobalt Blue, Phathalo Blue- Winsor Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red, Bright rose, Quinacridone Red or Alizarin Crimson, Hansa Light or Auerolin Yellow, New Gamboge Burnt Seinna (brown) Sap green, Phthalo Green or Viridian

  • Good quality watercolor paper. 140lb weight or heavier. Many people like using paper with a cold press finish. This can be either sheets or blocks with a minimum size of 9” x 12”.

  • Gray scale

  • HB pencil and sharpener

  • Masking fluid

  • Paint mixing tray (this can be part of your paint set)

  • Painters tape

  • Rags

  • Sea sponge (optional)

  • Sketchbook

  • Spray bottle (optional)