Introduction to Watercolour

paintbrushes in potFriday 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Upstairs Classroom

Learn the basics of watercolour painting in a fun and enriching environment. Discover how to apply and control transparent washes and achieve glowing results! In-class information is delivered at planned stages so that all students develop a good base from which to work. Questions are encouraged and welcome as everyone learns from this valuable cross-pollination of ideas. The various homework assignments (approximately 1 hour/week) will reinforce what you have just learned. You can work at your own pace to push the medium using the techniques as far as your interest and imagination will go.

Topics include: inventory of materials and tools, transparency and wet into wet, laying in colour, pulling out colour, value scales and graded washes, colour mixing from primaries, tinting abilities of various colours, overlaying washes, glazing, negative painting, dry brushing, and creating textures. Some preliminary still-life, landscape and floral painting will be covered as well.

A full list of the required materials and tools needed over the course of the session will be distributed at the first lesson. Here is a partial list of items you can bring along:

  • 2 large potato salad or yogurt containers to hold water
  • Masking tape, roll of paper towels (without pattern), roll of bathroom tissue (without pattern), Q-tips in a covered container
  • Small spray bottle
  • Rock salt or Kosher salt in a clean prescription tablet bottle or small jar
  • Large pad of watercolour paper (Strathmore or Canson) or 3 full sheets (30 x 22) 140 lb cold-pressed watercolour paper (Arches or Windsor Newton) loosely rolled – we’ll divide these up in class

Brushes (4):

  • 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 flat wide nylon brush, for washes
  • Small round size 2
  • Flat size 8 and
  • Round size 8

Paint Colours (Brands: Holbein, Windsor and Newton, Da Vinci):

  • Essentials: Payne’s grey, Cobalt Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Aureloin
  • Later purchases: Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine Blue


  • Lidded pallet with wells – you can use large plastic margarine lids to start with but please plan to buy!
  • A sketchbook, HB and 2B pencils, kneadable or white plastic eraser (Staedtler)
  • Brightly coloured piece of Bristol board to make a folder for completed work

Instructor: Ann Kallaste Kruzelecky