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CPT 037-W24 | Intro to Watercolor

CPT 037-W24 | Intro to Watercolor

4/6-4/27 (4 sessions) 9am-12pm, Saturday, 380 Cumberland Room 103

Maximum Enrollment: 12 LBS

Course Description


Watercolor by Jean Wiecha

Watercolor seems so simple at first, yet many people try it out and quickly get frustrated. Get off to a good start with this class. You will learn characteristics of transparent and opaque watercolor, brushes and paper; practice a range of basic techniques; learn what you can and can’t do with watercolor; study examples of great watercolor art; watch demonstrations; and make your own paintings. You will leave this class understanding how to confidently include watercolor in your own lifelong art practice.

Pre requisite: Beginning drawing course or drawing experience. Students should be able to draw a simple still-life, landscape, and figure. A basic understanding of color theory is helpful.


4/6-4/27 (4 sessions) 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Tuition: $235 + $20 studio fee

CEUs: 1.2

380 Cumberland, Room 103



Photo by Jay York

 Jean Wiecha paints landscapes, seascapes and portraits, working mainly in watercolor, gouache and oil. She works on site and in the studio. A former scientist and experienced university teacher, she enjoys working with students to foster curiosity and channel it into experimentation and confidence.



Painting by Jean Wiecha 

Supplies: For the first class, show up with a small pad of watercolor paper (see below), a pencil, a few brushes, and whatever watercolors you already have on hand. We’ll go over the supply list below and you can figure out what else you need to supplement what you have.

Materials list

  • Paper: 1 full sheet of 15x22 inch 140# water color paper, cold press, acid free. Arches, Winsor & Newton or Bockingford or other good brand. A pad of watercolor paper at least 140 lb, cold press, acid free, between 8x10 and 9x12. I recommend Winsor & Newton’s 9x12 inch spiral bound watercolor pad, 140 lb, 12 sheets, 25% cotton, acid free, cold pressed.
  • 1 roll clear removable Scotch tape (just regular size tape) and ¼ inch opaque artists tape
  • Brushes: 4-6 assorted round brushes, from a liner brush size 0 to rounds and wash brushes ½ inch or so in size. If this is your first watercolor experience, get good but not fantastic brushes. Princeton and Winsor & Newton are good brush brands with a range of price points.
  • A small palette knife if you’re using gouache, 1 to 2 inch blade.
  • A plastic palette for watercolor with 6-8 wells in it.
  • Paints (see below)
  • A plastic cup or two for water
  • Small spray bottle (8 oz ish)
  • Paper towels / unscented tissue or toilet paper
  • A drawing board or other rigid support
  • Graphite pencils; erasers; sharpener

Paints: Jean recommends artist or professional grade—not student grade—paints, but please bring what you are able! You can get tubes or pans, and either format is fine. Sennelier, Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith and Van Gogh are all excellent. A pan set might be your most economical and practice choice. I recommend one with 12 colors. Look for one that has a dark brown, 2 blues, 2 reds, and 2 yellows. If it includes some earth colors (umbers, ochres and sienas) all the better. Your set will also likely have some greens and a violet or two. Please also bring a TUBE of black WATERCOLOR (ivory or bone black), and a TUBE of white GOUACHE.

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