Course Description

If you have always wanted to paint with watercolors, this may be your opportunity. In this course, you will learn through a combination of demonstration, instructor guidance, and doing. At the end, you will have completed a ready-to-frame waterscape of a charming family of mallard ducks swimming through an ethereal pond of lotus blossoms and giant lily pads. You will be sent, in advance, the drawing of what you will be painting and the instructions on how to transfer it to your watercolor paper. During the course, we will use a wide variety of techniques and tricks to render this lovely painting. This is a particularly good painting to teach perspective and composition principles. | Active participation.
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Section Title
Watercolor Painting: Mallards
Online - Zoom
9:00AM to 11:00AM
Sep 23, 2021 to Oct 28, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded. Please note there will be no class on 10/21. Last Class will be on 10/28.

Please note: Closely review the list of materials and allow plenty of time to order them. Your initial investment is costly, but you will have everything you need to paint for years to come. For more details, see my website at watercolorwings.com

Required supplies/fee: 

Students will purchase materials independently for an estimated cost of $300.

You will need:  

A palette with a lid, e.g. Cheap Joe’s original watercolor palette with 17 wells.

Masking fluid, a mask lifter or “pickup” (a 2” tough, rubbery square.

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

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

A mechanical pencil and a ballpoint pen.

A water container, and a small spray bottle for water.

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

A black micron pen in size .01, .03, or .05.

A block of ARCHES professional watercolor paper 140 lbs. cold press preferably grain fin.  The block must be 12” x 16” or larger and it will contain 10 or 20 sheets.  Or you may buy one large sheet and cut it to a 14” x 18” size.

Purchase professional grade paints such as Winsor Newton, (Jerry’s) Lukas 1862, or (Cheap Joe’s) American Journey.  (Do not buy student grade paints, e.g. Cotman, Grumbachers or Reeves – the color is transient, more muddy 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 (order on line) or cadmium orange

• Quinacridone gold or burnt sienna

• Cobalt turquoise (or another bright aqua)

• A purple (ie 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.

Brushes:  Buy a selection of brushes: Rounds (#2, #6 and #8) and flats (1/8”, 1/4”, 1/2”, 3/4”, and 1”), a rigger (or ‘script’ brush) which is  long and thin, and a  package of three scrubbers (Cheap Joe’s) which are brushes with short, tough bristles used to erase paint.  Loew Cornell, Creative Mark or Millers Golden Fleece brushes (Cheap Joe’s) are good.  Natural bristle brushes are costly and not necessary.

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 suppliers, but order well in advance!.  

If you have questions, feel free to call me at home (919-294-9559--1) or my cell (252-722-4053) or email (carolefynn@gmail.com).