Beginning Watercolor Play
w/ Susan Waite

Date/Time: 5 Thursdays: Sept 19, 26, Oct 3, 10 & 17 / 10:30 am-1:30 pm

Cost: $225

Registration: Call in, come in, or register online. 425.697.2787

Location: Cole Art Studio, located on the lower level of Cole Gallery   107 5th Ave S, Edmonds WA 98020

Susan Waite has been teaching watercolor classes in the Seattle area for years. In the workshops she has taught at Cole this year, students have loved how encouraging she is as they learn all about watercolor – a challenging and beautiful medium.

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Learn to get the colors and values you want without making mud in this beginning watercolor class. Through simple exercises and paint along with the instructor demos, we will take the mystery out of this beautiful medium. We’ll learn how the right amount of water and choice of pigments produce varied values, and how the color wheel aids in mixing warm and cool, and neutral hues.  

Individual attention will make this a good class for beginners and painters who want to clean up their watercolor approaches. 

Playful experimentation encouraged!

Want more watercolor with Susan? This class will have a follow-up session of 4 classes, again on Thursdays, from October 24-November 14. Stay tuned for more information.

 Supply List:

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Around the corner from Cole is ARTspot, where you can find quality art supplies. Registered students receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies from the time of paid registration until the last day of class. All items on this list are available at ARTspot.  Questions about these supplies? ARTspot staff are happy to help you. Call 425-640-6408 or email at

Paints: Professional brand such as Daniel Smith or M. Graham


Permanent or Quinacridone Rose
Alizarin Crimson
Permanent Red Light or Medium, or Cadmium Red medium (whichever is more economical)
*Optional: Permanent Rose Madder Genuine by Dan Smith (NOT their Rose Madder - it is a weird brownish pink) OR Winsor Newton’s Rose Madder genuine - the smallest tube is fine as it is very expensive

Phthalo or Winsor Blue
Ultramarine Blue or French Ultramarine
Cobalt Blue
*Optional: Manganese Blue

Aurelian Yellow or Lemon Yellow
Cadmium Yellow or Hansa Yellow medium
Quinacridone Gold
Yellow Ochre

Phthalo or Winsor Green
*Optional: Viridian
Burnt Sienna or Quinacridone Burnt Sienna or Quinacridone Burnt Orange
Permanent Orange

1 1/2 hake brush - in the sumi painting dept. of art store - this is for washes - about $6
1 inch WATERCOLOR flat brush - I love the Silver Brush Black Velvet 1 inch wash brush - available at ARTspot
1/2 inch WATERCOLOR flat or angled brush
Round brush - #12 or #10 or #8 - here again the Silver Black Velvet series in a size 16 is a favorite of mine.
A liner or rigger brush – Skinny: 0 to 2

*Note from Susan: Many watercolor wash brushes have a beveled end - this is a clue that it is a watercolor brush and not a multi-purpose brush. Don’t waste money on brushes that are for acrylics and watercolor - they aren’t the same as true watercolor brushes.

Watercolor Paper, 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper:
Arches, Fabriano Artistico, or Winsor Newton, at least half of a sheet per class. Arches 90 lb paper sheets are fine too. All these professional papers are 100% rag and sized with artist grade sizing.

*Note from Susan: Strathmore, Canson, Fabriano and Fluid student grade papers or pads are a waste of money -even if they are 100% rag. They work like blotters because of their cheaper type of sizing. The paint sinks into the paper’s fibers, and multiple layers of paint just make mud, unlike the real watercolor papers that have a better sizing which allows paint to float upon the surface and stay transparent.

Covered Watercolor Palette
Pencils - on the hard side, HB to 3HB
Kneaded eraser
Paper or sketchbook for planning designs
Black sharpie marker
Gray markers such as Faber Castell in 3 values - super light, medium, and medium dark are optional (but nice to have)
Support board - about 16 x 20 - gator board is good
Paper towels
egg carton - to prop up your board
2 Water containers – Cole has these if you’d like to borrow them for class

Check this out! ARTspot Concierge Service. ARTspot will personally do your shopping for you! They can set aside the materials you need, ready for pickup - they can even deliver your supplies to Cole Art Studio before your class. Call ARTspot at 425-640-6408 for this great service. Note: To ensure your order can be filled, please order as early as possible.