Watercolor II – Cityscapes

Saturday, April 4-25

9:30am – 12pm

Cost: $85

Instructor: Christine Oliver

Class Size Limit: 10

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


This class is for painters with some basic watercolor experience. This short course focuses on painters who are ready to expand their command of the medium and further develop their style. Painters can work on personal projects, using their own photo reference material or, if requested, images will be provided in advance of each class. 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.

Course Outline:

Week 1:  Cityscape – emphasis on perspective – demonstration and painting
Week 2:  Cityscape – emphasis on composition- demonstration and painting
Week 3:  Cityscape – emphasis on values and shadows – demonstration and painting
Week 4:  Cityscape – emphasis on pen & ink work – demonstration and painting

Recommended Materials List:
  • Medium size watercolor block or pad – Cold Press (Arches – 9X10 or 10×14) 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”
  • Black ink pen – similar to Micron archival pen (available in Michaels)

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