Beginning Watercolor: Flowers and Landscapes

Day: Saturday
Dates: TBA
Instructor: Christine Oliver
Class Size Limit: 10

*NOTE: These classes have limited space availability, please sign up early.

The course focuses on basic watercolor techniques – wet-on-wet, dry brush, stippling, washes, etc.  Class members will do exercises to increase their skills. We will work from photos and the instructor will give step-by-step instructions. Class members will make a copy of these images and bring them to the class, or I will provide a copy for those who need one. This is covered by a $5 copy fee, due the first week. Demonstrations, lectures and one-on-one coaching are provided. Painters should bring their own supplies to the first class; a supplies list is provided below.

Week 1:  Flowers – Realistic demonstration and painting
Week 2:  Flowers – Charles Reid demonstration and painting
Week 3:  Landscape – demonstration and painting
Week 4:  Landscape – demonstration and painting
Week 5: Open Paint Day – we will work on finishing paintings
Week 6: Make-up Class  (Free) OR Optional Drop-In Day ($20)

Recommended Materials List:
  • Medium size watercolor block or pad – Cold Press (Arches – 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. Cadmium Red Medium
  4. Alizarin Crimson
  5. Cobalt Blue
  6. Ultramarine Blue or Pthalo Blue
  7. Hooker’s Green Deep
  8. Sap Green
  9. Yellow Ochre
  10. Burnt Sienna
  11. Paynes Gray
  12. Sepia