Beginning Watercolor w/ James Farrand

2 sessions to choose from!

Date / Time:
4 classes / Mondays / August 20, 27, (skip Sept. 3) September, 10, 17 / 1-3 pm
4 classes / Mondays / October 29, November, 5, 12, 19/ 6-8 pm

Cost: $150 for a set of 4 classes

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

The goal for 4-week course will be to learn about, play & practice with, and create your own real-live painting using this beautiful medium called watercolor. From step one, you’ll learn the basics about materials and also some techniques – in short, how to get started.

There is so much colorful simplicity in painting with watercolor. We are going to learn when & how to get the paint to do what we want, as well as when/how to sit back and enjoy the ride of watching this medium do it’s amazing and spontaneous thing.

From introducing the essential materials, to learning a wide variety of basic techniques (wet-into-wet, solid and graded washes, glazing, color mixing, etc.), this class will build your skills and confidence and have you excited for more.

By doing easy step-by-step exercises, and gradually moving into more involved studies (and eventually creating your own painting), we’ll also be discussing many overarching artistic concepts such as color theory and contrast, composition, focal point, form & structure, and more.

The intended audience for this class is anyone who is either already in, or would like to step into the beginner’s mindset.

Supply List:

You can purchase your quality art supplies at ARTspot! Registered students receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies from the time of paid registration until the last day of class. Most items on this list are available at ARTspot. Please let their staff advise you about appropriate art materials to fulfill  requirements for your class.  Artspot's Web Site

James is a big fan of starting with minimal (and good quality) materials to learn, understand, and gain competence and confidence in foundational skills and techniques. And from that point, embracing the ever- evolving process of learning and acquiring more.

James recommends - and will be focusing on - the supplies listed below. This promotes a more consistent learning experience for the entire class. If you already have watercolor supplies, feel free to bring them and James can usually find/ make time explain similarities and differences.


A minimal set of artist-quality paints allows for quick and positive results. Having a version of yellow/blue/red (a.k.a. a primary triad), a strong dark color, and a medium dark earthy brown is a great place to start. The idea of being able to mix any color from a primary triad is greatly oversimplified. These will get you a long, long way.

  • Azo Yellow (M. Graham)
  • Peacock Blue (Holbein)
  • Quinacridone Rose (M. Graham)
  • Indigo (Daniel Smith)
  • Quinacridone Burnt Orange (Daniel Smith)


Different brands can vary greatly in size (e.g. one brand’s ‘round #10’ can be the same relative size as another brand's ‘round #14’). The following will get you off to a great start.

  • 1 - Medium round soft natural hair (Silver Brush Black Velvet Round #12)
  • 1 - Small round soft natural hair (e.g. Silver Brush Black Velvet Round #4)
  • 1 - approx. 1 to 1.5” Hake


  • Fluid 100 (9x12") Cold-Pressed, 300lb, watercolor paper block  


  • 1 - Mijello Fusion Airtight/Leakproof Palette with 18 wells - James' recommended brand. Other palettes (e.g. Jones Palette 'Kit' 2) are ok as well. The important thing is that it has individual wells, a cover, and plenty of mixing area. (I’ve seen the same item with different brand names, e.g. ‘Heritage, Weber, etc’.. It is nice/solid plastic with additional clear mixing tray)


  • 11”x14” MDF panel (5MM) or similar hard support for mounting paper/paintings
  • Graphite pencil (HB, 2B or similar)
  • Sketch/Drawing paper pad (e.g. 9”x12” Canson Universal Sketch pad) for notes and sketching
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Masking tape
  • Paper towels

Provided: Containers for water, hair dryer

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.

Questions about these supplies? ARTspot staff are happy to help you. Call 425-640-6408 or email at


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