Course Description

ONLINE: Whether you are a brand-new beginner or an experienced watercolor painter, this course is the opportunity to gain or further your skills. This active course offers clear step-by-step instruction. Every technique will be demonstrated, as we work together to complete a ready-to-frame painting. Watercolors lend themselves beautifully to rendering a creek meandering out of a distant forest through snow-covered banks. Relax; this is going to be fun! This course will be taught via Zoom. | Active Skill Learning.

Max enrollment: 14.

Class sessions are recorded.

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Section Title
Watercolor Painting: Frozen Creek
Online - Zoom
11:00AM to 1:00PM
Oct 17, 2022 to Nov 14, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded. This class is taught via Zoom so you must purchase your own materials for an estimated cost of $300.

Required supplies:

• An assortment of brushes (see the list below).
• A palette with a lid. (A good one is Cheap Joe’s Original Watercolor Palette with 17 wells for about $14 or 30 wells for $20.)  Do NOT buy one that folds shut and has paints on both the bottom and the top. 
• A set of three scrubbers (a stiff brush to lift paint), masking fluid, a mask lifter or “pickup” (a 2” tough rubbery square), and an (optional) camera.
• An ordinary little sponge, a bit of natural sponge, masking tape, and paper towels.   
• An artists’ kneaded eraser (looks like soft, gray putty)
• An ordinary cheap mechanical pencil, a ballpoint pen.
• A water container, a little spray bottle for water
• Graphite paper to transfer a drawing – buy only Sally’s or Saral brand in a roll.
• A black Micron pen in size .01, .03, or .05
• A block of ARCHES Professional watercolor paper 140 lbs cold press, preferably grain fin. The block must be 12” X 16” (or larger), and it will contain 10 or 20 sheets glued together. Or if you must save money, buy one large sheet and cut it down to a 14” X 18” (the larger size is required because you waste space at the edges when you use masking tape to secure it to a flat, non-porous backboard. Paper on the block is glued at the edges to keep it flat, so do NOT cut the page off until your painting is done.) Use a block of paper or else tape your paper down to a backboard before you come to class.
Suggested Colors: These colors are my suggestions which will serve for nearly all my paintings. Please purchase professional grade paint such as Winsor Newton, (Jerry’s) Lukas 1862, or (Cheap Joe’s) American Journey. (Do not buy student grade paints, e.g. Cotman, Grumbacher, or Reeves. They are cheap; but, the color is transient and less vibrant.
• Yellow ocher
• yellow (Winsor yellow or cadmium yellow)
• Olive green  (a good one is Lucas 1862 at Jerry’s)
• Cobalt turquoise (or any other bright aqua)
• Cobalt blue
• Ultramarine blue
• Burnt umber
• Payne’s gray
• A purple (like Winsor dioxazine violet)
• Alizarin crimson
• Permanent rose
• Winsor red (or another “hot” red like cadmium)
• Schminckie’s translucent orange (order on line) or cadmium orange
• Quinacridone gold or burnt sienna
ALSO NICE IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE: Opera (or bright rose), cerulean (blue), Shadow green (by Holbein), Sap green, Brown Madder, Chinese white.
BRUSHES: Here you can save money; natural hair brushes are totally unnecessary. Buy a selection of brushes: (Rounds - #2, #6, and #8) and (flats – 1/8”, ¼”, ½”, ¾”, and 1”) and a rigger (or “script”) brush about a size 3 which is long and thin, and a package of 3 scrubbers (brushes with short, tough bristles used to erase paint).  Loew Cornell, Creative Mark, or Miller’s Golden Fleece brushes (from Cheap Joe’s) are good. (I also love my Loew Cornell Ultra Round size 12) Jerry’s Artarama (919-876-6610) in Raleigh and Cheap Joe’s (1-800-227-2788) at www.cheapjoes.com are some of the best suppliers in the country. You can shop on line or request a catalogue and they ship fast unless something is back ordered. Allow extra time!! If you have questions, call me at home (919-294-9559--1) or email (carolefynn@gmail.com) These supplies are adequate for all of my classes.

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