Watercolour I: Basic Techniques and Fundamentals

Instructor: Alison Montgomery
Wednesdays 5:30-8:30pm
10 weeks: January 12 to March 23, no class February 9
Location: Online
$375 (supplies not included)
Prerequisite: None

In this introduction to painting with watercolour, students will become familiar with watercolour materials and techniques while creating several paintings. Along with watercolour paint, brushes and paper, basic colour theory and the fundamentals of drawing and composition will be introduced. Subject matter that is easily suited to the watercolour medium will be suggested. Students will be encouraged to explore open studio work.

Class format: Online delivery alternating each week between an instruction + demonstration session, followed by studio + feedback session.


  • Introduction to watercolour materials: paint, paper, and brushes.
  • Introduction of four techniques: flat wash, wet in wet, broken surface, and dry brush.
  • Introduction to composition: rule of thirds, using the picture plane, and cropping.
  • Working from photographs.
  • Drawing subject matter.
  • Landscape elements: atmospheric perspective, trees, sky, and water.
  • Where to start and what to paint first.
  • Observation of still life: shape reading and drawing with the brush. 
  • Working with textures.
  • Open studio: explore personal style, areas of interest, and ideas for subject matter.


Watercolour mixing tray (plastic hinged or open palette) approx. 9 x11


  • #12 WC brush (Princeton round)
  • #20 WC brush (Princeton round)

Paints (5ml – Daniel Smith or another professional brand)

  • Ultramarine Blue (or French Ultramarine)
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Hansa Yellow Light
  • Hansa Yellow Med (optional)
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Rose Madder Genuine (optional)


  • 1-2 sheets of 22 x 30 - 300lb cold press (recommended: Arches) watercolour paper (to be cut or torn to ¼ size for most projects in class)
  • 11 x 14 watercolour pad (recommended: Fabriano or Strathmore)

Other supplies

  • 2b pencil(s) and small pencil sharpener
  • Gum eraser
  • Kneadable eraser (optional)
  • One roll of green (recommended FROG) painter’s tape  
  • One masonite painting board - approx. 22 x 26  
  • 2 - 500 ml plastic water containers
  • Roll of paper towel
  • Optional: portfolio for paper (usually big enough to hold 22 x 30)