Watercolour II: Developing Techniques and Styles

Instructor: Kelly Goerzen
April 13-14 and 27-28
9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday
Room 118 Williams Building
$360 supplies extra
Prerequisite: none

Students will get the opportunity to play with the building blocks. There will be lots of review and practice for each individual to strengthen weaknesses, expand skills, problem solve, and gain clarity. You will paint from life, landscape, photographs of your choice, and portrait photos. If possible, there will be an opportunity to paint from a live model or outside. There will always be a subject set up specifically to give opportunity to develop a certain concept or technique, however, there is also opportunity for parts of the course to be self-directed. 



Art Placement, Hues, and the U of S Bookstore are good places to shop. www.currys.com has the cheapest prices but unless your purchase is over $75 there is a shipping cost.

If you purchase all the materials recommended on this list you will be set-up to paint with watercolours for many years to come. If you are hesitant to make this commitment, please be sure to at least bring everything in the following section and anything in the remaining sections that is identified as must bring:

  • 1 - 2B pencil
  • 1 - soft eraser
  • 1 - black indelible ink pen, not too fine (Staedler pigment Liner #03, #05, or #07)
  • 1 - pen for taking notes
  • Some paper for notes
  • White crayon, or white pencil crayon, or white conté
  • Masking tape at least 1 inch wide
  • Kleenex
  • Plastic, white coated metal or ceramic palette with at least 12 wells or better still one with a lot of flat sections I've even found nice ones at Dollarama - or a white plate and a bunch of small ‘margarine’ containers
  • A leakproof jar or container to hold paint water


  • 1 - piece of ¼” hardboard or flat smooth wood, 18” x 24” to use for stretching paper on or taping or clipping paper to (get at a lumber store) or - if you are already using other types of flat smooth boards you may bring them instead - another  alternative for one of the boards is a piece of corrugated plastic at least 18” x 24” - make sure the corrugations run parallel to the longest side. This board is lightweight but only suitable for use with paper that you don’t need to stretch (300lb weight).
  • There are some boards in the classroom that you can use for this course if you don’t want to purchase your own.


  • Must bring first weekend: 2 - watercolour paper pads; 140 lb,cold-pressed (same as rough): 9" x 12" and/or 10" x 14".
  • Must bring second weekend: 1 or 2 - pieces of 22”x 30”, 140lb, cold-pressed (rough), acid-free watercolour paper(Arches, Waterford, or similar brand).
  • The best paper to use is 300 lb, cold-pressed (rough) paper (Arches or a similar brand – must show a watermark). It is expensive but if you are not a complete beginner you may wish to have one sheet of this instead of or as well as, the 140 lb sheets.
  • An 8" x 10" watercolour BLOCK of cold-pressed(rough)paper is also very handy. The U of S Bookstore sells an inexpensive one.
  • Bring scraps of watercolour paper that you have; these could be the back of paintings that you don’t want to keep (you will use these for practicing technique).  If you do not have any, you will be using paper from your watercolour pad.
  • Must bring a few sheets of any kind of white paper for testing colours on.


  • Must bring 2 - round, short handled brushes. A Size #12 and a #10 Princeton Snap series. 
  • Must bring 1 - flat brush for washes, 1" or 2" size works well. Art Placement sells a PrincetonHaké brush that is excellent - most other brands shed. You do not need an expensive brush this size. 
  • Also please bring the brushes that you are currently using, and if you have it, one that is worn out (has lost its sharp point).
  • DO NOT BUY oil painting brushes.


Must bring tubes of watercolour(not Gouache) paint (small is all that is required)I use only Winsor Newton (NOT Cotman) watercolour paints; they have the highest pigmentation; and I have always used cadmium reds and cadmium yellows. If you want to use cheaper paints see "Recommend" below. DO NOT SUBSTITUTE FOR THESE BASIC COLOURS. Do not buy Green, White, or Black.

3 Blue:

  • French Ultramarine - absolutely essential
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Prussian or Antwerp Blue


  • One of Cadmium Yellow Deep or Cadmium Yellow (not light or pale)
  • Yellow Ochre

2 Red:

  • Cadmium Red Deep or Cadmium Red (not light)
  • One of-Permanent Rose 

1 Brown:

  • Burnt Sienna - absolutely essential


  • Winsor Newton French Ultramarine
  • Winsor Newton Burnt Sienna
  • Holbein Cerulean Blue
  • Holbein Prussian Blue
  • Winsor Newton Cadmium Yellow or try New Gamboge
  • Holbein Yellow Ochre
  • Winsor Newton Cadmium Red deep
  • Holbein Permanent Rose 

Avoid buying any paint with the word Hue after the colour. I am not familiar with the quality or colours of QOR, Daniel Smith, M. Graham or Reeves paints.

Extra Useful Colours: Winsor Newton Cadmium Lemon or Holbein Permanent Yellow Lemon, Winsor Newton Raw Umber, Winsor Violet Dioxanine.


Must bring 2 photos that you have taken or pictures from a magazine that you would like to paint or pictures from a magazine or calendar:

  • One photo of a simple WINTER scene of the riverbank or prairie
  • AND one photo or picture of a NON-WINTER landscape

In order to guarantee the best learning/teaching experience possible, you may NOT paint from electronic devices or printouts with poor colour quality. Suitable photos will be provided.