Jump Start Watercolor Basics – Onsite Class

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DateJanuary 16, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Time10:00 am - 04:00 pm

Location 10091 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919 United States

Member's Price $140

Non-Member's Price $175



Event details

This six-hour introductory workshop provides a solid understanding of important basic watercolor techniques and theory for beginner watercolorists and those who feel they want a refresher course. Some drawing experience is helpful but not essential. There will be instructional lecture time with ample “hands on” instructor assistance. Written handouts for reference will be sent prior to class.  In this session students will:

  1. Create a basic color palette
  2. Learn the different types of brushes and how to use them to achieve the desired effect as well as proper brush care
  3. Learn color mixing
  4. Explore the color wheel and the use of analogous and complementary colors
  5. Be introduced to various types of watercolor paper
  6. Learn how to properly prepare lighter weight paper for painting (stretching)
  7. Understand the concept of “the rule of thirds” and finding a “focal point”
  8. Discover the unique properties of watercolor versus other painting mediums
  9. Be introduced to the importance of perspective
  10. Work with the effective use of light to produce shadows and reflections
  11. Study the principles of design and composition and the role of “value”
  12. Learn the importance of basic drawing skills
  13. Produce a compositionally balanced 11 x 14 watercolor painting

Supplies List:

Brushes:  Medium size flat or wash brush; small flat brush; small and large rounds.

Suggested Paints or Equivalent:

Basic Palette Colors

  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Red
  • New Gamboge or Yellow Ochre
  • Lemon Yellow or Cadmium Yellow
  • French Ultramarine Blue or Cobalt Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Viridian
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Indigo

Opitional Additional Colors (These are not required since we can make our brown and grey from the basic palette colors. Some people like to use these however.)

  • Payne’s Grey
  • Sepia
  • Van Dyke Brown

Watercolor Paper:  One sheet of 11×14, 140 lb, 200 lb or 300 lb cold pressed watercolor paper plus several small sheets for practice. 140 lb weight paper should be stretched PRIOR to workshop or stretched during the workshop demonstration.  (Paper also available for purchase from the instructor with prior notice)

Misc: Container for water, paper towels, soft pencil for sketching, kneaded eraser (if sketching with pencil), ruler, palette for mixing paint, support board for paper

*Materials fee if provided by the instructor: $35 – Materials (except paper and paint) to be returned at the end of the workshop. Advanced notice required to order materials.

Please note: this class is hosted onsite in our classroom. If you are joining us for onsite programming, we ask that you adhere to signage and procedures posted on our campus. Face masks are required at all times and you are advised to keep 6 feet (2 meters) between you and others. Class size is limited to 10 students and 1 instructor so register today to ensure your spot to create with us!


Shirley Hales