A Journey in Watercolors

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A Journey in Watercolors

Discover the versatility and beauty of watercolor painting through demonstrated techniques and hands-on practice in producing a finished painting.

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Period Four
2:30 pm
Period Three
1:00 pm
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Focused on a “Migration” theme, this class will offer demonstrated techniques and the hands-on practice of the transparent watercolor medium in producing a finished painting. Students are asked to choose a more specific aspect of the “Migration” theme and come prepared with web or printed references to images that might be incorporated into one’s painting. For example, the journey of whales, geese, hummingbirds, elk, monarch butterflies, etc. might be chosen for animal migration. For a more complex theme of human migration, a focus on seasonal farm workers or refugees seeking asylum; or of historic population movements, like the Great Migration of African Americans from the South; the “Trail of Tears” forced migration of the Eastern Cherokee, or the “Clearances” of Scottish Highlanders might be your chosen theme. Beginners, please “keep it simple” by choosing one kind of animal migrant, for example. More advanced painters might take on, if desired, a more complex focus.

Class limit: 16 students, ages 16 and up

Materials fee: $25 includes 10” round brush, 1” flat brush, tubes of basic watercolor paint, half sheet of 15”x22” and (1) quarter sheet of 11”x15” Cold Pressed 140 lb. Arches watercolor paper. NOTE: Students may purchase supplies from the instructor or bring their own using the materials list below. Students MUST email the instructor as soon as possible to reserve a kit.

If bringing supplies, students should bring:

Professional Watercolor Brushes: (Brush hairs can be natural or synthetic, but not bristle brushes)

  • (1) 10” and/or 12” round brush
  • (1) 1” flat brush

Watercolor Paints: (Suggested brands – Winsor Newton, including Cotman series, Grumbacher, van Gogh, M. Graham & Co., Daniel Smith)

Tube transparent watercolors. These are suggested colors (or equivalent colors that might go by a different name of certain brands):

  • Basic Colors: Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Cadmium Yellow Light Hue or Aureolin Yellow, Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna, Cadmium Red Light Hue or Pyrrol Red, Alizarin Crimson Hue or Rose Madder, Violet, Sap Green, Permanent Green Light, Burnt Sienna.
  • Optional Colors: Quinacridone Gold, Windsor Blue or Turquoise, Viridian Green.

Paper (Suggested brand: Arches). Bring at least:

  • (1) full sheet of 22”x 30” OR (2) half sheets of 11”x15” Cold Pressed 140 lb. (or 200 lb.) watercolor paper.
  • NOTE: If bringing a pad of watercolor paper, minimum size should be 11”x 15”.


  • Pencils
  • kneaded eraser
  • palette (can be paper or foamcore tray)
  • water cup
  • paper towels
  • masking tape
  • scissors
  • if possible, lightweight board big enough for attaching watercolor paper of 11’x22’’ size

Something For Everyone

Schedule a week or two, or three! Or, just sprinkle some classes in between other commitments.

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