Advanced Watercolor

$338 – Thursdays, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm, Spring 2 (8 Weeks): May 9th – June 27th  

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Thursdays, 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Instructor: Maria Kaprielian

So you’ve played with watercolors for a bit – now what? This class will concentrate on the individual watercolorist’s continuing journey in the medium, reviewing techniques such as the right water-to-paint ratio to get the hard and soft edges you’ve been looking for.  From fast-and-loose to a more controlled approach, we’ll explore how to “design” a painting, addressing composition, focal point, tonal variation and color theory as necessary to create a successful work.  The use of additional materials such masking fluid, salt, watercolor crayons/pencils and gouache will be encouraged.

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Current Session: Spring 2

Spring 2 (8 Weeks): May 5th – June 28th

No class Friday May 24th – Monday May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.

Instructor: Maria Kaprielian
Thursdays, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
8 Weeks: May 9th – June 27th

To get early access to enrollment for the next session, email [email protected]. Learn more about our early access list here.

Upcoming Session: Summer

Summer Session

Pottery: July 7th – August 30th
Art Summer 1: July 8th – August 2nd
Art Summer 2: August 5th – August 30th

Summer (Both sessions):
Instructor: Maria Kaprielian
Thursdays 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Combined with Beginning Watercolor


Early Access opening June 3rd. Online registration will open June 5th.
To get early access to enrollment for this upcoming session, email [email protected]. Learn more about our early access list here.

Suggested Thursday Watercolor Materials List

Link to Amazon shopping list: Check out my list on Amazon

A word about quality: Professional (Artist) grade watercolor materials are more expensive and easier to use than student grade materials because they provide consistent results.  The colors are more intense and the paper is more durable. That being said, you have to decide what fits your budget.

  • Paints – in tubes not pans.  Professional (Artist) grade paint is better
    • Daniel Smith makes a really good professional beginner pack with 2 reds, 2 yellows and 2 blues (see Amazon wish list). If you already have some paints, make sure you have at least a warm and cool yellow, warm and cool red, and warm and cool blue color to start.
  • Watercolor palette with deep wells and large mixing areas (see Amazon wish list).
  • Paper-cold-pressed and at least 140lb (300gsm).
    • 100% cotton is best but more expensive: Arches, Fabiano or Strathmore are popular brands. Canson and Strathmore also make a less expensive watercolor paper that is about 70% cotton – it is less durable with repeated washes but can be a good paper to start with. I suggest having some of each kind of paper.
  • Brushes – synthetic or natural hair. Make sure the brushes have a nice sharp edge or point when wet.
    • 3/4 inch flat brush
    • #6 and #12 round brush
    • #4 rigger brush
  • Drawing paper for thumbnail sketches and small studies
  • #2 pencil and eraser.
  • At least 2 containers to hold water (take-out soup containers work well)
  • Masking or artists tape
  • Paper towels or facial tissues (Kleenex) for blotting
  • Masking fluid (frisket) and rubber cement pick-up
  • Small spray bottle for water
  • Hair dryer (the Studio also provides some hair dryers)