Watercolor Basics

8 Tuesdays, September 12 - November 7, 2023 (no class 10/31)
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Classroom 5A
Instructor: Kristy Lankford
Level: Beginner/Advanced Beginner
Tuition: $215, Members save 10%
Cancellation Policy


Class Description

In this class we will learn the basics of working with watercolor materials, practice a variety of watercolor techniques, and make several finished paintings. Each class will begin with practicing a new watercolor technique, and it will end with work on a finished watercolor painting.
Our projects will focus on abstract artworks, still lifes, portraits, landscapes, experimental collage, and more. We will try a variety of techniques, from experimental to traditional. Our projects will range from realistic to illustrative to abstract. This class is perfect for all levels of watercolorists, but we will focus on beginner and advanced beginner watercolor artists. There will be a little drawing instruction during the class, but some previous drawing experience will be helpful.

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Watercolor materials can be very personal, and you will learn what you like best during this class. Feel free to come with the basic recommended supplies and add on as we learn more during the course.
• Paint: Tube or pan watercolors are both fine; we will learn about both.
o Brands I recommend include: Koi, Winsor & Newton Cotman (inexpensive), Winsor & Newton Professional (more expensive), and Daniel Smith
o Recommended Colors (bring to the first day of class): Permanent Rose, Cadmium Red, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Prussian Blue, Burnt Umber
o Optional Colors: Paynes Gray, Cadmium Yellow, Sap Green, Viridian, Cerulean Blue
• Brushes: 2 x flat brushes (size 1" and size 1/2"), 2 x round brushes (size 1 and size 4), 1 x script brush (size 1)
• Palette (butcher tray, plastic palette, or palette paper)
• Water cup
• Paper towels
• Experimenting Materials: Salt, rubbing alcohol, plastic wrap, wax crayon (not needed first week)
• 9" x 12" cold press watercolor block (recommended brands: Arches (expensive), Canson (inexpensive), Fabriano)
• 5.5" x 8.5" OR 10" x 7" Canson mixed media sketchbook
• #2 pencil
• Eraser

About the Instructor

Kristy Lankford is an experienced artist, illustrator, and art teacher. After attending Boston College for studio art and the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she received a Master's of Fine Arts in illustration, Kristy began her teaching career at a small arts college in the Washington D.C. area. Kristy has taught in public and private schools for the past 13 years in Virginia and will continue teaching art in Granby, CT, this fall. She maintains an active fine art and illustration career. Her favorite materials are watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and a little bit of digital painting. If she's not making her art, you can find her exploring the Farmington Valley, where she has recently relocated, with her husband and two kids. Visit Kristy's website.