Watercolor Beginner and Intermediate

Watercolor Beginner and Intermediate

Watercolor Beginner and Intermediate

Watercolor Beginner and Intermediate

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This class will take place over 5 consecutive Saturdays starting March 9 with a break for Easter Weekend.

Ages 16+
Skill level: absolute beginner

Arts Alliance of Stratford members: $150.00
Non-members: $170.00
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Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport
275 Huntington Rd, Stratford, CT 06614


Lesson 1

  • Evaluating NEW student’s abilities and level
  • Review of Basic watercolor paint application; brushwork techniques
  • students will create swatches with their own watercolors
  • Color Theory: Understanding color basics.

Lesson 2

  • Creating light in the painting
  • Shadow and shading, and the importance of value in composition.
  • Mixing colors on the paper, not on the palette

Lesson 3

  • Basic Principles of creating Depth in landscape and still life
  • linear (convergence of lines)
  • atmospheric; overlap of forms
  • edges; diminution (size of forms)

Lesson 4

  • Principles of composition: How to keep the viewer engaged in your painting.

Lesson 5

  • Finish up any incomplete work or work from new reference material of students’ choice

Materials (students are responsible for bringing their own materials)

  • Basic Watercolors: Prang Half Pan Watercolor Paint Set
    • We have found the Prang half-pan set gives us a good variety of colors.
    • Available on Amazon.com for under $12.00.
  • Colors
    • Alizarin Crimson or Carmine
    • Cadmium Red *
    • Cadmium Yellow Medium*
    • Lemon Yellow
    • Sap Green*
    • Viridian Green*
    • Ultramarine Blue *
    • Cerulean Blue
    • Cobalt blue

*must have colors if buying watercolor paint in tubes.
Yellow will need to be replenished soon. You can use a tube of cadmium yellow medium to refill the paint tray.
Be sure you get TRANSPARENT WATERCOLOR PAINT, NOT GOUACHE. Gouache looks slightly different as it will look a little chalky in the pans, like tempera paint, and the paint cakes are often in round pans.

  • Brushes
    • Purchase brushes comparable to the ones suggested below. Should have at least a large brush and a #6 plus a “liner’ brush which is the smallest thinnest one in the set
    • Sable Watercolor Brushes Professional Kolinsky Watercolor Paint Brushes for Artists 6pcs, available on Amazon.com for under $20.00
  • Watercolor Paper: Michaels
    • 11”x15” XL Canson Watercolor Pad, 30 sheets 140 lb cold-pressed/acid-free**
    • 9” x 12” XL Canson Watercolor pad, 30 sheets 140 lb. cold-pressed/acid-free**
    • Mixing palette students may use the lid of the paint set to mix their colors. Students can also bring in a WHITE plastic dinner plate for an additional color mixing surface.
  • Gallon jug of water
    • Approximate cost: $2.00

If you prefer to shop locally for your supplies, you can purchase comparable items at Michaels, Jerry’s Artarama or any arts or crafts store of your choice.

we have found that some of the other watercolor pad brands have a pattern pressed into the paper that will cause you many problems. Best to stick with the Canson XL, as recommended by another very good teacher, and I have also found it to be good. There are even better brands but they are more expensive, often a $1.00 per sheet per pad. As a beginner, no need to spend more, the Canson XL will be fine.

The main criteria to watch for is Acid-Free/Cold Pressed 140lb at least.

It is recommended that you buy a Mixed Media pad for your compositional studies and test paint colors as you are painting.

**Michaels rarely has these papers in the store. If you re going to pay shipping better to go to Dick Blick. Check out their sizes and styles of binding of Canson XL pads.

About the Instructor
Donna Osterby-Brien has had a love affair with watercolor since studying at Parsons School of Design. Though proficient with many other mediums she has been told “You shine brightly” when using watercolor.”
“My approach to watercolor is to use a fully loaded brush of beautiful color. It is, after all, WATERCOLOR.” Together we will learn to ‘tame this medium’ and allow its semi-transparent nature to shine.”

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Date And Time

03-09-24 @ 10:00 AM to
04-13-24 @ 12:00 PM

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