event · Through April 28

Beginning Watercolor

This class is for total beginners and also for people who haven't used watercolor in a while and want a refresher on the absolute basics. Four 2-hour classes will "boot camp" you right into basic watercolor proficiency! Topics covered will include: types of paint, paper, brushes; basic paint application techniques such as washes, glazing, scumbling, color mixing, lifting paint: simplified color theory and special effects will be addressed as time permits. We will have fun as we go quickly but thoroughly through the basics. This class will have you confident with watercolor in no time!

Student Supply List:

  • Any basic set of watercolors, even a simple set of Prang pan colors is fine. If purchasing non-set paints for this class I recommend these colors: Ivory Black, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Sap Green, Alizarin Crimson Permanent, Cad or Pyrrole Red, Cad Yellow Light or Hansa Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna.
  • A pad of Cold Press 140 lb paper.
  • Scrap paper or a pad of mixed media paper.
  • Brushes: whatever you already have or purchase: a number 10 round, a 3/4 or 1 inch Flat , a number 4 or 6 round, and a Rigger or Liner brush. Princeton makes good, inexpensive, brushes.
  • 2 water containers (reuse food containers for this purpose)
  • Paper towels
  • Painter's tape
  • Boards to tape your paper to. Pieces of cardboard or foamcore are fine.
  • Pencil and eraser

Thank you for registering for an online class. All classes are held over Zoom and your class link will be sent to you by your teaching artist. These links don’t come from the Art Center, so please be on the lookout for an email from your teaching artist and check your spam filters. It is hard for teaching artists to troubleshoot technical difficulties during class time. Please make sure you are able to access Zoom and that your camera and sound work before the start of class. If you need immediate help, call us during open hours at 610.525.0272 ext.110. Zoom support is available 24/7 here. Enjoy your online class!


Main Line Art Center
746 Panmure Road
Haverford, PA 19041 US