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Bangor Adult & Community Education

Painting with Watercolor

with Carolyn Wallace-Zani


Paint vibrant watercolors with confidence! Designed for the beginner, who has been working in watercolor for less than 5 years, the emphasis is on learning the basics through practice as an ongoing process. The former student will have the opportunity to develop more confidence by perfecting their current skill level, while the more experienced student will explore their personal style. Class exercises include: learning about materials, color mixing, color theory, and watercolor techniques. Demonstrations, group critiques, and independent exercises will further enhance your learning experience. No prior painting experience is necessary.   

PAINTING WITH WATERCOLOR: Items with an * will be used the first class.

*#2 graphite pencil (HB-regular type school pencil)

12” ruler (preferably clear)

*140lb. acid free cold-pressed watercolor paper/pad (size 9”x12”)

(1) # 6 Fan Synthetic Blend Watercolor Brush (optional)

(1) ½” Synthetic Blend Watercolor Mop Brush (optional)

(1) #10 Round Synthetic Blend Watercolor Brush

(1) #10 Flat (Wash) Synthetic Blend Watercolor Brush

* Package of assorted watercolor brushes: I use Royal & Langnickel RSET 9306 Medium Gold Taklon. Brushes will be discussed the first class. Also, bring what you already own.

*Palette for mixing colors (12” white paper/plastic picnic plates are fine, plain or divided)

*(2) two containers to hold your water (plastic cups or coffee cans are fine)

Small blow-dryer (to dry your paper before leaving class if necessary) Watercolor palette (optional for storing squeezed out colors, to be discussed later)

*Tube Watercolor Pigments:

*French Ultramarine Blue

*Cobalt Blue or Cerulean Blue

*Burnt Sienna Burnt Umber

*Cadmium Yellow

*Lemon Yellow Phthalogreen Sap Green (Optional)

*Cadmium Red *Permanent Alizarin Crimson Liquid Masking Fluid

*Board/Support/Painter’s Tape (to secure/tape down your watercolor paper)

Old toothbrush

Small spritz bottle

Color Wheel

Pre-Class Homework: begin collecting pictures, notecards, and paintings of your favorite watercolor artists. Bring these to class for reference and discussion.

  • Oct 30 - Dec 18th, 2019
    Wed from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

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