Watercolor for Beginners

Dates:April 16 - June 11, 2018
Meets:M from 10:00 AM to 12 N, 6 sessions
Location:FAC AIR Room
Instructor:Mary Carter
Fee: $99.00  Fee Breakdown

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Course Description

In this class, students will learn the basics of using both opaque and transparent water media in a no-pressure environment. There will be specific instruction in painting techniques and time to practice at your own pace. Students will keep a sketchbook of notes and examples for future reference. Intermediate students are welcome to work on a project of their own, if desired.  


Omit 4/30, 5/7, 5/28 Supply List- Paint: If you have painted with watercolors before, just bring what you have. If you are just starting out, watercolor comes in tubes or pans. They all work the same way, regardless of quality. Tubes are not better than pans…either is fine. Michael's has some very inexpensive pan watercolor sets that are fine for learning. Amazon has many choices, my favorite being Kuretake MC2036V Gansai Tambi 36 color set. If you are interested in tube form, they are available in sets at Michaels', Hobby Lobby, Service Reproduction and Amazon. You don't need to purchase large tubes- a little goes a long way. Paint in tubes can dry up and become unusable. Brushes: Good brushes are important! Get the best you can afford. You should have at least 4: a # 12 round, a #8 round, a fine detail brush and a ½ inch flat. The round brushes should come to a nice sharp point. 2 Water Containers: These can be any kind of container that does not tip easily and is either clear or has a white interior. (Recycled cottage cheese containers work great!) Spray Bottle: A recycled cleaner sprayer works fine. Make sure it sprays evenly; no splotches. Sketchbook: This should have watercolor paper in it, preferably a Canson XL 7 x 10" spiral bound book that says "watercolor" or "Aquarelle". Other kinds of paper will not work. These are available at Michael's or Amazon. Palette: Pan watercolors come with their own palette. For tubes, you can use any commercial plastic or porcelain palette, paper plate, plastic plate, or china plate. Small Pointed Scissors Pencil: HB if possible Eraser: A soft white eraser is important. Black Waterproof Pen: This should be a pen with a fine tip, not a marker. Plain White Picture Mat: 8 x 10" outside measurement. Box of Tissues: A box of plain white tissues, without lotion or scent. Paper Towels: A roll of plain white paper towels. Waxed Paper: A roll or a few sheets of waxed paper