Course Description

Whether you are an accomplished painter or a scaredy-cat beginner, this course will teach you clearly, one step at a time, to paint a beautiful ready-to-frame watercolor. The underwater scene features the spectacular lionfish, and you will gain some clever techniques to create the complexities of ocean plant and animal life. You do not need to be able to draw; the drawing will be sent to you. The materials are expensive at first, but they will last for many years. If you always wanted to try painting, this is your opportunity. | Active participation.
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Section Title
Watercolor: Lionfish Underwater
Online - Zoom
3:30PM to 5:30PM
May 20, 2021 to Jun 17, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Classes are recorded.

Please note: All experience levels are welcome. Supply prices will vary widely depending on what students have on hand.

Students must purchase supplies independently for an estimated cost of $300.

Before the first class, if you know how, squeeze your watercolor paints onto your palette, which has a lid.
(A good palette is Cheap Joe’s Original Watercolor Palette with 17 wells for about $14 or 30 wells for $20.)

• An assortment of brushes (see the list below) include a rigger brush.

• A set of three scrubbers (a stiff brush to lift paint), masking fluid, a mask lifter (a tough rubbery square), and an (optional) camera.

• An ordinary sponge, a bit of natural sponge, masking tape, and paper towels.

• An artists’ kneaded eraser (looks like soft, gray putty)

• An ordinary cheap mechanical pencil, a ballpoint pen.

• A water container, a little spray bottle for water

• Graphite paper to transfer a drawing – buy only Sally’s or Saral brand in a roll.

• A black Micron pen in size .01, .03, or .05

• Professional watercolor paper (Arches) 140 lbs. Cold press, not hot press. Grain fin is preferred to rough grain. Buy Arches in a 12” X 16” block of 10 or 20 sheets; or if you must save money, buy a large sheet and cut it down to a 14” X 18” Use a block of paper or else tape your paper down to a backboard before you come to class.

Suggested Colors

I urge you to purchase professional grade paint such as Winsor Newton, (Jerry’s) Lucas 1862, or (Cheap Joe’s) American Journey. (Do not buy student grade paints, e.g. Cotman, Grumbacher, or Reeves. They are cheap; but the color is transient, muddier, and has odd mixing qualities.)


• Yellow ocher

• yellow (Winsor yellow or cadmium yellow)

• Olive green (a good one is Lucas 1862 at Jerry’s)

• Cobalt blue

• Ultramarine blue

• Burnt umber

• Payne’s gray

• Alizarin crimson

• Permanent rose

• Winsor red (or another “hot” red like cadmium)

• Schminckie’s translucent orange (great!) or cadmium orange

• Quinacridone gold or burnt sienna

• Cobalt turquoise (or another bright aqua)

• A purple (Winsor dioxazine violet)

ALSO NICE IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE: Opera (or bright rose), cerulean (blue), Shadow green (by Holbein), Sap green, Brown Madder, Chinese white.


Here you can save money; natural hairbrushes are totally unnecessary. Buy a selection of brushes: (Rounds - #2, #6, and #8) and (flats – 1/8”, ¼”, ½”, ¾”, and 1”) and a rigger (or “script”) brush which is long and thin, and a package of 3 scrubbers (brushes with short, tough bristles used to erase paint). Loew Cornell, Creative Mark, or Miller’s Golden Fleece brushes (from Cheap Joe’s) are good.

Jerry’s Artarama (919-876-6610) in Raleigh and Cheap Joe’s (1-800-227-2788) at www.cheapjoes.com are some of the best, cheapest, reliable, and comprehensive art suppliers in the country. If you have questions, call (919-294-9559) or email (carolefynn@gmail.com)