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Intro to Watercolor: Session 4

5 Session Watercolor


September Session:
September 2, September 9, September 16, September 23 and September 30 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm. 

November - December Session:
November 11, November 18, December 2, December 9 and December 16 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm. 

This transparent water-based painting medium has been enjoyed and used for centuries. Regardless of your experience level, we will learn how to use materials and all the techniques associated with watercolor. You will see demonstrations, and we will discuss composition, design, subject matter, and textures that lend themselves to this medium.

You will leave this course with a full knowledge of how to use materials such as brushes, papers, and paint-to-water ratio. Focus will be given to inventing the medium for yourself by learning to gain the right amount of control for your style. In doing this, we will explore different washes: wet on wet, wet on dry, dry on dry painting, in order to help you understand how to make different textures while learning to control the uncontrollable: water! We will go over color theory and mix colors from the primaries while learning to address highlights and shadows by working without white paint. 

Projects within the course will focus on painting from observation. It is beneficial to build a strong foundation in an observational practice in order to understand composition and design, negative space, color changes from cool to warm, and using contrast and layers to build a believable 3-dimensional space on the paper. You will leave with a broad experience in the medium that will allow you to branch into any direction of your choosing, not simply the direction the water tells you to go!

Materials to bring:

  • 1 Pad of paper (Recommended: Cold press, 140 lb (300 gsm), 11 x14", 12 sheets.) Avoid "Borden & Riley Vellum" and "Canson XL" watercolor paper brands--they are very frustrating to work with. Great cheap papers: Canson Montval, or Strathmore Series 300 or 400. Other great papers: Arches, Saunders, Fabriano
  • HB pencil
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Tray/pallet - A metal travel palette with a lid and at least 12 wells for different colors
  • A nice range of Watercolor Brush sizes varying from round and flat: 0 round, 4 or 6 flat, 10 round, 20 flat, for example (you will know them from oil brushes because the bristles on water-based brushes are very soft to the touch) 
  • 1 water container, a plastic cup or coffee tin (anything out of the recycle bin will do)
  • Watercolor paint tubes. I would recommend buying a box of 8-15 small tubes of all the basic colors. At the very minimum you must have a primary Red, Yellow, Blue, Black, and Burnt Umber. No White, Naples Yellow, or “Flesh Tint”) I recommend opening the tubes of paint in the store to make sure the colors look "primary" aka, that the red is really RED and not an orangey red, etc
  • Paper towels
  • X-acto knife

Instructor bio:
Allison Maletz is a contemporary watercolor and mixed media artist. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. She has taught people from age 8-80 and currently leads painting, drawing, illustration, installation and professional practices for artists classes at Parsons The New School for Design, Marymount Manhattan College, The Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the 92nd St Y. She has exhibited various mediums in the Liverpool Biennial, New Contemporaries UK, Zoo Art Italy, The Royal Watercolor Society in London and the Moscow Biennale for Young Artists at the MMoMA and the Florence Griswold Museum. You can see her work at

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