Course Description

IN PERSON: If you have always thought it would be wonderful to paint in watercolors, but you have never had real success, then this active, hands-on course is your opportunity to learn how. Every step and technique will be demonstrated using highly individualized instruction, as you work to complete ready-to-frame watercolor paintings. You will begin by painting your own watercolor collage paper (the instructor will provide the collage paper). Next you will paint a background with watercolors. To create your own composition, you'll glue the collage paper down. The final step will be adding additional watercolors to define your design. It may sound tricky, but it's fun, and so fast you will probably complete at least two paintings, and you will be amazed by their beauty! This will force you to paint loosely and teach you how to handle unfriendly colors while maintaining brilliance. | Active Skill Learning.

Max enrollment: 12.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705

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Section Title
Watercolor Painting With Collage: Florals for Beginners Through Advanced
Classroom - In Person
9:00AM to 12:00PM
May 01, 2024 to May 22, 2024
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Classroom - In Person  
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Section Notes

Required supplies/fee: Students must either bring their own materials or rent everything from me for $30 for IN-CLASS use only or buy your own to use between classes.

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 – what a mess when you shut it!
  • 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
  • At least two sheets of Arches 140 lb cold press watercolor paper 11" X 15" or larger

Paint Colors:

  • 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 online) or cadmium orange
  • Quinacridone gold or burnt sienna

Also nice to have (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 online or request a catalog and they ship fast unless something is back ordered. Allow extra time!

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