Class Syllabus and Supply List
I provide the line drawing template to be transferred to watercolor paper. I also provide a syllabus of each projects techniques so you can practice as many times as you like. We don’t always absorb everything the first time around and we all learn at a different paces. So please be kind and encouraging to one another.
This is a class designed for students who want to learn the art of Watercolor Painting. Basic artistic concepts pertaining to the medium will be covered, such as Transparency, Composition, basic Color Theory, and Value. A fundamental, hands-on working knowledge of the medium, other water soluble mediums and optional mixed media to be used in conjunction with as well as, equipment will be addressed. Emphasis will be on skill building, and techniques. Each class is independent and not a series or semester of classes. One class may be 2x within a week to complete class material/project. Each class painting is based on a specific technique and how to use it. So, your student can take as many or as little classes that they like. Simply sign up for the pictures they would like to paint the most. The techniques are rotated but for the most part, I try to keep the artwork new and fresh.
Amazon, Blick Art Stores or Cheap Joe’s Art Supplies
You needn’t buy the most expensive art equipment, but it is essential that you buy good quality supplies. Inferior quality supplies are a recipe for frustration and having marginal results at best.
Paints are manufactured in either pre-formed cake pan sets or in tubes that you squeeze into your own palette. If you buy tubes, you will need a “working” palette in which to squeeze your colors. A working palette is a blank plastic tray with pre-formed wells for your colors, a large central mixing area, and a cover. (Walmart has one for around $3/4) Winsor-Newton Cotman (lower end) Daniel Smith (higher end) are both reputable manufacturers of quality pigments, so choose those that give you the best deal. I recommend the following colors:
(YELLOWS) Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Aureolin Yellow (REDS) Rose Madder Genuine, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson (BLUES) Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue (EARTH TONES) Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Warm Sepia (GREENS) Pthalo Green(“Winsor Green” in Winsor/Newton pigments), Sap Green (DARKS) Payne’s Gray (LIGHTS) Titanium White
If you prefer buying a cake set. pick one with at least 12 colors. That covers cool and warm primaries, earth tones and hopefully a white but white can be purchased separately as a tube in addition to the cake set if it is the set already.
A good “round” watercolor brush is a beautiful tool. It should hold a lot of water, have lively “snap” (resilience), and come to a fine point. Sable/Synthetics and Synthetics can be a good and less expensive alternative. 3 Round brush “workhorses” for desktop size paper will be brush size #10, #6 and #2 1 Good flat brush (1 inch, 3/4 inch, 1/2 inch) are useful for obtaining clean edges and strong stroke work. 1 Mop brush for covering large areas in your paintings quickly and efficiently. If you take care of your brushes, they’ll take care of you and can last a lifetime. You don’t need a lot of brushes, just a few good brushes. Always buy good quality brushes.
Pads, Blocks, and Single Sheets are all acceptable provided it is good quality Watercolor Paper. It should be no less than 140 lb. Desktop sizes seem to be most efficient (9″ x 12″, 12” x 16”, 14” x 20”) Cold Press surfaces are best. I prefer “Arches”, but Fabriano, Canson, Strathmore, Cotman are all good quality papers. You may have a brand of paper that you are familiar with, so use what suits you best.
- A cutting board or mat to tape your watercolor paper down on.
- A blow dryer
- 1 Pigma Micron 05 archival ink pen
- 1 extra fine chalk/paint marker
- Salt (table salt is fine) and some muslin (a type of cheese cloth or surgical bandage)
- Extra mixing surfaces (i.e. slant palette, old TV dinner plates, butcher tray)
- 2 water containers (old cups are or glasses are just fine)
- 1 roll of paper towels
- 2 Drawing pencils, mechanical are great (HB, 2B)
- 1 papillion or qtips will work just fine
- A kneaded eraser
- A ruler
- Watercolor Sketchbook
- Painters tape 1/2 inch roll
- 1 roll double sided tape
- Carbon/graphite transfer paper or light box
- Prisma Colored Pencils (12ct.)
A lot of these art products can also be found at your local shopping centers as well.