Botanicals in Watercolor I & II – APR 2020

This four week course will build on the basic three-primary color palette, different pigments and their interactions, how to mix all colors from three primary colors, how to apply washes, use brushstrokes and lifting to achieve the effects of light and shadow. Students will practice applying washes on paper, start mixing colors and paint color wheels to explore color. Students will work on simple line drawings of leaves or flowers they have drawn, transfer these onto watercolor paper and paint from life. Students with some previous background can work with more complex compositions and plants.


Meets on Wednesdays for four weeks: Apr 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 1:30 PM-4:00 PM. Limited to 10 students.


  • Basic palette: Winsor Newton watercolor tubes: Winsor Lemon, Winsor Yellow, Winsor Yellow Deep, Scarlet Lake, Permanent Rose, Winsor Blue (Green Shade), Cobalt Blue or Indrathrene Blue.
  • Watercolor Brushes: Raphael sable #6, #4, #2, #0, #2/0 rounds.
  • Old watercolor brushes (if you have some) for lifting (some will be provided if you don’t have any).
  • Kneadable eraser, assorted pencils for sketching.
  • Paper towels and/or small cotton towel.
  • A stiff backing board such as “Gator Board” or masonite to tape your paper onto.
  • Instructor will provide one 11” x 14” sheet of Arches #140 watercolor or Fabriano Artistico HOT Pressed paper (very smooth surface) and a plastic palette with cover (you can purchase more watercolor paper from instructor if you wish).
  • Instructor can also provide small amounts of watercolor paints if you don’t have suitable paints.
  • Instructor will provide botanical materials or you can bring your own.


Apr 01 2020 - Apr 22 2020


Meets Wednesdays
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm




Gallery 3 Classroom
Elena Maza


Elena Maza