Inspired by Watercolor

This course will provide a fundamental approach to watercolour, for beginner to intermediate student, with an emphasis on transparency, colour mixing, brushworks and washes. Students will work from still-life, photo reference of landscape, portraits and Master copy. Ample painting time will follow the daily demo with a critique towards the end of each class.

We will explore the works of Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, Charles Demuth, and others.

Materials List

  • Images from which to work
  • Compact watercolor easel (if you have one)
  • Watercolor tube paints or pucks
  • W/C Palette
  • B pencil and sharpener
  • Gum eraser
  • Brushes (if you have them)
    • A rigger or liner, 2, 4 ,6 Round 10 Mop
  • Masking tape 2” tan color
  • W/C paper Sanders Waterford 140lb (my preference)
  • 1/2” foamcore or 1/4” hardboard to fit 1/2 sheet of W/C paper (18`X 24`)
  • Water container
  • Small sponge
  • Sprayer
  • Hair dryer (optional)

The Course:

  • A thorough grounding on the trinity of watercolour, wet on wet, wet on dry, dry brush, plus glazing.
  • Colour mixing, using a full palette of permanent light-fast colours.
  • Colour theory, colour exploration.
  • Composition, emphasizing the focal point.
  • Information on brushes, papers, palettes, easels, paints (opaque and transparent), knowledge on the ‘order of application’, finishes, framing.
  • You will learn about; materials, washes, values, drawing process, volume and depth, manipulating light and dark, interpreting and finish.

Please bring an example of your work in watercolor if you have one.


October 18 – December 6, 2018


12:30 pm – 3:30 pm


8 Sessions


$350  (Early registration fee $300 due by October 12th)

Available Spaces


Atelier Artista C-Space (4th floor 1721 - 29 Avenue SW Calgary)


Please fill out the form to register

Registration will be confirmed after email and course deposit of $300

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