Watercolour I: Basic Techniques and Fundamentals

Instructor: Alison Montgomery
Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm
10 weeks: April 16 to June 18
Room TBD Williams Building
$360 supplies extra
Prerequisite: none

In this introduction to watercolour painting, students will become familiar with watercolour materials and techniques while creating several paintings. Along with paint, brushes and paper, basic colour theory and the fundamentals of composition will be covered. Subject matter that is easily suited to the watercolour medium will be suggested. Each class will feature a 30 minute critique/discussion, a 30 minute demonstration, and 2 hours of studio work.


  • Watercolour materials will be introduced. Paper and palette will be prepared.
  • Introduction of four techniques: flat wash, wet in wet, broken surface, dry brush.
  • Introduction to composition - rule of thirds, using the picture plane, cropping.
  • Drawing difficult subject matter such as reflections, metal objects, and water.
  • One point and aerial perspective, rocks and trees, clouds, sky, and water.
  • Where to start and what to paint first.
  • Observation of still life: shape reading, drawing with the brush. 
  • Observation of still life: review composition, cropping, value, and contour and construction drawing.
  • Open Studio: students are encouraged to explore personal style, areas of interest and ideas for subject matter etc. in creating several paintings. 


Materials will cost approx. $150 based on 2018 prices at Hues

Watercolour mixing palette (plastic hinged): $9

Brushes: $20

  • #10 wc brush (Princeton round 4050)
  • #20 wc brush (Princeton round)

Paints (5ml - Winsor Newton or similar professional brand ): $40

  • French Ultramarine Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cadmium Lemon
  • Lemon Yellow Deep (Opt)
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Rose Madder Genuine (Opt)

Paper: $35

  • 1-2 sheets of: 22 x 30 - 300lb cold press (Arches) watercolour paper (paper will be cut or torn to ¼ size for most projects in class )
  • Inexpensive 11 x14 watercolour pad
  • all-purpose sketch book (does not have to be new)

Other supplies: $15-50

  • 2b pencil(s) & small pencil sharpener
  • gum eraser
  • kneadable eraser
  • one roll of 1-inch masking or painter’s tape  
  • 4-6 large binder clamps
  • One large painting board - approx. 22 x 26  
  • 2 500 ml plastic water containers
  • 2 old tea towels, and or roll of paper towel.
  • Optional flat cardboard portfolio for paintings and paper (usually big enough to hold 22 x 30)
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