Art Classes & Workshops

NOTE: Dates shown are the date of the first class meeting. Classes & workshops may multiple meetings days and times, see class description for details.

We recommend completing Watercolor Basics 1 & 2 before taking any other watercolor course. This will help you learn and practice the fundamentals techniques. If Watercolor Basics 1 & 2 are not currently offered, we can do private instruction.

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Come join us on Friday mornings to paint Wildlife.

A reference image will be emailed weekly. During class time, Christine will provide step-by-step instructions as she paints, and you paint along with her. Most students will have a finished painting at the end of each 2-hour virtual session.

In addition, students may email a copy of their finished work to the instructor for encouraging suggestions to improve their watercolor painting.

Classes will be videotaped for students to watch later.

No of classes in session: 4
Dates: Fridays, August 6, 13, 20, 27
Live classes:  online
Instructor: Christine Oliver


Recommended Materials List: 

  • Medium size watercolor block or pad – Cold Press (Arches, Montval, Canson – 10×14 or smaller) 140 lb.
  • Soft natural sponge and cellulose kitchen sponge for controlling the amount of water on your brushes
  • Q-tips
  • #2 or #3 Pencil
  • Kneaded eraser
  • 2 large plastic containers for water – 16 oz. containers
  • Large flat brush – 1 inch or greater (nylon)
  • Round watercolor brushes – Numbers – 8, 10, 12, 14 (Richeson’s Series 9000, Da Vinci and Robert Simmons are all good brushes – good quality & affordable. Brushes usually come in even numbers.)
  • Small stiff bristle brush – you will find these with the acrylic and oil brushes (will be used for scrubbing, lifting and correcting)
  • Watercolor Palette – large plastic palette, with large enough wells to mix pools of paint, a cover is nice
  • Old toothbrush, Paper towels, Tissues (Kleenex, Puffs, etc.)
  • Small sketch book – can be as small as 3.5” x 5”

Watercolor Paint: (Recommend Artist Grade paint which has more pigment but is more expensive; Student Grade paint is less expensive and is also acceptable if price is an issue)

  1. Lemon Yellow
  2. Cadmium Yellow
  3. Alizarin Crimson
  4. Cadmium Red Medium
  5. Ultramarine Blue or Pthalo Blue
  6. Cobalt Blue
  7. Hooker’s Green Deep
  8. Sap Green
  9. Paynes Gray
  10. Burnt Sienna
  11. Yellow Ochre
  12. Sepia