SP23 Friday Introduction to Watercolors (2)

Day/Time: 8 Fridays starting March 3, 6:30-9:00pm

There is no class March 31. 

Location: ACT Roth Room E15-283a

Instructor: Timothy Lee

Close up view of a watercolor palette with brush.
Watercolor palette. Creative Commons.

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals and processes of watercolor painting. Students will be introduced to water-based media, and exposed to principles of washing, layering, wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry and alternative applications, and will take these skills in rendering both representational and abstract works. We will also dedicate time considering our support for paintings, including how to prime paper for watercolor application and what different papers allow us to accomplish with this wet media. We will work both in-studio and outside (plein air). The semester will wrap up with students working on an independent project of their interest using watercolor.



  • Cotton rag
  • Brushes (choose a selection of 3-4 different sizes and tips (NOT fan brush tip), and please select brushes specifically geared for watercolor painting (not oil or acrylic))
  • 3-inch wide flat Hake brush
  • Watercolor palette
  • Small tubes of watercolor (any brand) that includes the following colors: Titanium White, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Pthalo Green (or alternatively Hooker’s Green), Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, Sienna, Prussian Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine blue. ***Note: you may choose to purchase a palette or watercolor set in lieu of getting individual tubes of paint; in this instance, please make sure all the colors listed above are represented in these sets
  • CHANGE: Strathmore Watercolor Pads (12 sheets, 140lb+, approximately 9” x 12”)–this was 11″ X 15″
  • ADDITION: A container suitable for holding and containing water (must have lid to close tight) – can be any jar you have lying around
  • ADDITION: Scotch Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces (purple tape)

Materials can be purchased at Artist & Craftsman Supply and Blick Art, both in Central Square.

  •  February 17, 2023 - April 14, 2023
     6:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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