Watercolor for Beginning and Intermediate


This is a watercolor course for beginners and intermediate students. Spend time practicing, studying techniques and sharing ideas. Learn fundamental watercolor technique, how to handle the water and what brushes and paper work best. We will discuss the difficult part of starting a painting, working light and building layers. We will touch on composition and color theory and discuss other water-based paints of acrylic and gouache. All levels welcome.


Instructor: Chris Harper Triplett
Class Number: W17PD9 Category:

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Materials List

Until you’ve committed to continuing painting in watercolor, here is a limited list of supplies you’ll need in order to give it a good try:

Paint – These are suggested colors to start. You could also get a small watercolor kit they sell at any art supply store.

  • Cakes or tubes. Small 5 -8 ml size is fine until you learn the types and colors you like best.
    • Yellow: Cadmium Yellow
    • Red: Permanent Rose
    • Blue: Ultramarine Blue
    • Green: Sap Green
    • Browns: Burnt Sienna
    • Neutral: Payne’s Gray
    • No whites or blacks are necessary.

Brushes – Good quality brushes – not the most expensive and not the student, cheapest brushes.

  • #8, 12 Round – (est. $21) • 1” or 1 ½” flat – (est. $12)

Palettes – Whether you are using tube or cake watercolor paints, you will need a palette to add water and mix colors.  There are several kinds at any art supply story or use a simply white plastic disposable eating plate to begin with.

Paper – At a minimum, get a watercolor or mix media sketchbook for paper. You should also experience some good quality cold press (grained) watercolor paper to see what it’s like: Arches 140 lb.

Additional Supplies that will allow for a better experience:

  • 2B Pencil
  • Eraser
  • 2 water containers – size of jam/jelly jar (there are some supplied in studio)
  • Something to hold supplies – tackle box, backpack, etc.
  • Paper Towel and soft cloth
  • Simple Portfolio to hold your paintings. (Can make one out of cardboard or other stiff material. You may purchase a simple cardboard portfolio as well.) Minimum 26 x 34 inches is best.
  • Roll of blue artist’s masking tape

Our spacious, high-ceilinged painting and drawing studio features:

  • Abundant natural light from skylights and expansive north-facing windows
  • Color corrected daylight bulbs
  • Adjustable spotlights for dramatic lighting
  • Work tables and drawing benches
  • Easels and drawing boards 
  • Double wash sink for wet media and clean up
  • Movable raised platform and furniture for working from the figure
  • A ready-to-use still life supply cabinet