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Watercolor I: Basic Techniques and Materials
10 Weeks | $325 | In-Class/Live Online

Watercolors are a brilliant, versatile and a fascinating medium to work with! Develop basic painting skills in transparency, washes, glazing, composition, color theory, color mixing and value along with masking techniques, and additive and subtractive methods of using paints. Each meeting will focus on developing basic skills while encouraging individual style and creativity. Class format consists of short lectures, painting demonstrations, group and individual critiques and individually supervised exercises.

What You Will Learn:

  • Knowledge of the tools and materials fundamental to the practice of watercolor painting. 
  • The basic techniques, elements, and principles applicable to the art of watercolor painting.
  • Basic terminology necessary to the practice of watercolor.
  • The technical use of the tools and materials of the watercolor medium.
  • How to handle the watercolor medium as a form of personal expression.
  • How to sharpen your sense of perception.
  • The ability to demonstrate a variety of basic watercolor techniques - their materials, methods, and suitability to subject matter.
  • To become more aesthetically minded - more sensitive to the unique character of the watercolor medium, more sensitive to the diversity of subject matter manifest in nature and all created things.

Quarters Offered: Fall | In-Class/Live Online
Course Fee: $325
Prerequisite: Recommended prerequisite of Drawing I: Focus on Perception (ART-40166).
Materials: Full list of materials will be distributed at first meeting.
Note: First meeting mandatory. Elective course for Art and the Creative Process professional certificate. 
Contact: For more information about this course, please email

Course Number: ART-40625
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Art and the Creative Process