Watercolor Painting

Watercolor Painting


Spring 2013
01/14/2013 - 05/12/2013

Course Information

Section 001
MW 13:00 - 15:45
LGAM 003
Janet Brooks

Office Hours

  • M W
    3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
  • T Th
    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
    room 804
  • T Th
    8:30 am - 9:00 am
    Pinnacle Campus
    room 801

Course Requirements

The purpose of this class is to provide each student with a specific water-based media experience. Students will build from their knowledge of drawing, an important foundation for painting. Students will also have the opportunity to broaden their experience with composition and color.  A technical approach to materials is explored, as are methods for channeling creative energies that enable a lifetime of personal artistic expression.

Prerequisite:  ARTS 1316 Drawing I or the approval of the instructor


Required Text: 

The Watercolor Book: Materials and Techniques for Today’s Artist by David Dewey

Watson Guptil, paperbackISBN-13: 9780823056392.

Check the RGC bookstore,,, etc. for new and used copies.  
[Amazon currently lists this as new $69.98  /  used $39.67]

Course Subjects

Development of watercolot painting skills, techniques, and aesthetic sensibilities to artistic expression in watercolor medium. Emphasis on interpretation of still life, landscape, architectural, and figure subjects.

wk 1    M: Introduction to Course and Materials.  W: Color Exploration with pigments    
wk 2    M: MLK Holiday.  W: Color Exploration with hue / value / intensity    
wk 3    Technique Exercises                
wk 4    Applied Techniques: expressive color and observed color    
wk 5    Abstract Composition
wk 6    Still Life Composition
wk 7    Still Life continued
wk 8    Still Life continued    
            Spring Break March 11–17
wk 9    Architecture Composition
wk10   Architecture continued
wk 11   Architecture continued
wk 12   Landscape or Nature Composition
wk 13   Landscape / Nature continued
wk 14    Landscape / Nature continued
wk 15    Figure / Portrait study from the model
wk 16    Figure / Portrait continued and Final Reviews

Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives

Students are given the opportunity to:
• use transparent watercolor media to achieve a variety of effects.
• use color mixing to achieve local color.
• work with varied subject matter.
• utilize Elements of Design (line, shape, space, texture, volume, color) and Principles
  of Design (balance, emphasis, proportion, rhythm, unity, variety) in compositions.
• view and discuss traditional and contemporary works in watercolor.
• demonstrate good studio working habits.
• present their completed work in a professional manner.

Supply List

There will be a supply overview on the first day of class.


Watercolor Starter Kit available at ASEL ART SUPPLY: $74.81 before tax.
510 W. MLK Jr., 477-1762, 

Strathmore Watercolor pad, 12x18”  140 lb. 400 series cold-pressed    $13.27

watercolor brushes:
• 2” Hake brush, such as Richeson series 5103    $5.21
• Princeton Art&Brush Co. Real Value  Brush Selection, item #9153    $9.98
  [contains #1, #6, #12 rounds; #2 liner; 1/2” angle shader; 3/4” wash]
• Select by Princeton, Foliage No. 9, item # 3750 set-9    $6.98
  [contains bristle fan #2, lunar blender 3/8”,  deerfoot 3/8”]

Watercolor Pigment KIT with mixing trays:
Winsor & Newton Tube Palette Set, Item #0390646,     $39.37    
Includes Cotman Watercolor Brush, two Mixing Trays and ten 8 ml (.17 oz) tubes:
Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Pale Hue, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Viridian Green,
Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, Ivory Black, Chinese White

You will also need:

A portfolio for paper and a supply box for supplies
#2 pencil and/or mechanical pencil         
white vinyl eraser and soft kneaded eraser    
x-acto knife, #11 or similar    
3/4  to 1”  blue painter’s tape
ruler: metal is best, 18 to 24”
plastic right-angle triangle, 10 or 12”
soft cotton cloth or old T-shirt
a natural sponge or two
small water mister
old toothbrush for spattering    
large glass jar or coffee can for water    

Later in the semester:

The class will use 300 lb. watercolor paper; we can order this in bulk.
You may want a larger palette, 12x16” with a cover, or similar.
Watercolor Mediums and Masking Medium will be discussed.
support board for larger works: one of the following will do the job –
  Wooden drawing board with metal edge, 18x24” [usually about $30]
  or Gator board, 1/2”, H x W as needed
  or acrylic [Plexiglass] sheet 1/4” thick, 18x24” or larger as needed, check hardware stores
  or hardboard [Masonite] sheet 1/4” thick, size as needed, check hardware stores


Asel Art Supply: 510 W. MLK Jr., 477-1762,  
Jerry's Artarama: 6010 N. IH 35, exit 290, 420-9359,
University Co-op: 2246 Guadalupe, 476-7211,
Aaron Brothers, Michael's Arts & Crafts and Hobby Lobby: varied locations, may have some of these supplies.
Order online:  –  –  –  –  etc.