Color Workshop for Watercolor Students
w/ Susan Waite


Date / Time: Saturday-Sunday / Sep 29-30 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Cost: $275

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

Have you been wanting to learn how to paint those beautiful watercolor scenes you admire? Have you tried to paint with watercolors, only to have all those beautiful colors turn to mud?  Here is THE watercolor workshop you’ve been asking for! A beginning watercolor 2-day experience that will teach you how to paint and make it look just the way you envision!

 Susan Waite is a new instructor with Cole Art Studio but she’s well known on the art scene.  Her gorgeous landscapes have been delighting fans for years, and she is a beloved instructor, teaching all over the Puget Sound region. Now we’re bringing Susan to Cole, and we think you’ll love her workshops!  To see some of her paintings, visit her website.

Susan will demystify how to choose the right watercolor pigments to obtain the desired color mixes – without making mud! On Day One, you’ll create a value-based color wheel made up of transparent, opaque and staining pigments. Then your new knowledge will be reinforced by painting some simple landscapes.   Day Two will cover the split-complementary color wheel, followed by color mixing exercises and more landscape paintings. You will have foundational tools and knowledge to use for the rest of your watercolor endeavors!

 Have fun letting beautiful watercolors flow in this relaxed, supportive and investigative class atmosphere.

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

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


  • 1 1/2 hake brush - in the sumi painting dept. of art store - this is for washes - about $6

  • 1 inch WATERCOLOR flat brush - Susan loves the Silver Black Velvet wash brush - available at ARTspot

  • 1/2 inch WATERCOLOR flat or angled brush – Princeton Elite

  • Round brush - #12 or #10 or #8 - here again the Silver Black Velvet series in a size 16 is a favorite of Susan’s.

  • A liner or rigger brush

Note that 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
Arches, Fabriano Artistico, or Winsor Newton watercolor paper - 140 lb cold press, 2 - 22x30 sheets, torn into quarters - we will use a couple of these quarter sheets per class. Or 9x12, or 11x14 inch pads of the same brands.

Student grade papers are a false economy.  They work like blotters.  They lack the same sizing as quality 100% Arches and Fabriano rag papers, resulting in paint that sinks into the paper fibers so multiple layers of paint make mud.  Paint can’t be lifted off student grade papers as easily either.  But there’s always an exception and I like to have some more affordable test paper on hand.  The “Fluid” brand paper is good practice paper.


Permanent or Quinacridone Rose
Alizarin Crimson
Cadmium Red Light (Hues are okay)
Pthalo Blue GS or Prussian Blue
Cobalt Blue
Ultramarine Blue or French Ultramarine
Lemon Yellow or Winsor Yellow or Aureolin Yellow
Cadmium Yellow or Hansa or Azo Yellow Medium
Burnt Sienna or Quinacridone Burnt Sienna or Quinacridone Burnt Orange
Yellow Ochre

Additional Colors (Bring them if you have them, or pay $10 to instructor and she will provide)
Permanent Rose Madder Genuine by Dan Smith - NOT their Rose Madder - it is a weird brownish pink
Pthalo Green
Quinacridone Gold
Permanent Orange
Manganese Blue Hue or Cerulean Blue

Covered Watercolor Palette – such as John Pike or similar
Support board - about 16 x 20 - gator board is good
Drafting tape
Paper towels
Pencils – 2B & HD  
Kneaded eraser
Paper or sketchbook
Black sharpie marker
Gray markers - in 3 values:  super light, medium, medium dark (nice but not necessary)
Egg carton - to prop up your board

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.