"Discovery! A Very Beginning Watercolor Experience" w/ James Farrand

Date/Time: Saturday August 29, 10:30-4:30

Cost: $125 plus $30 supply fee to instructor


The goal for this class will be to learn about, play & practice with, and create your own real-live painting using the beautiful medium called watercolor. 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 its amazing and spontaneous thing.

From hands-on learning about the essential materials, to learning a wide variety of basic techniques, this class will build your skills and confidence with simple step-by-step exercises, and then apply the techniques learned to create a beautiful painting of your very own.

What you can expect to learn:

  • What are the most important supplies you’ll need to get to a confident and successful start (including paper, brushes, paints, palettes, and more) as well as how to use them
  • Basic techniques of painting wet into wet, wet on dry, dry on dry, glazing, charging color, and more
  • Intro to color theory including complementary colors, tints, shades, and values
  • How to scrub and lift paint to create interesting textures

What else to expect: A cheerful, encouraging, relaxing environment

What to wear:  clothes that can get stained

What to bring: a smile, your lunch, and your $30 which will cover all your supplies, provided by Instructor


The following supplies will be provided by the instructor for an additional $30 Supply fee:

  • 1 - 9”x12” sheet of 300lb Fluid 100 cold pressed watercolor paper 
  • 1 - 11”x14” MDF board (for mounting paper)
  • 1 -  6”x6” 140lb cold press watercolor paper block (includes 15 sheets of paper - for exercises and pratice)
  • 1 -  medium size round watercolor brush
  • 1 -  small round watercolor brush
  • 1 -  medium size hake brush for applying water to large areas
  • 1 -  small watercolor palette with all the watercolor paints you will need already squeezed into wells 
  • Paper towels, water buckets, masking tape, etc., as needed


For your future art supply shopping ~

ARTspot is your local store for all your quality art supplies. Registered students at Cole Art Studio receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies from the time of paid registration until the last day of 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 the day of class! Call ARTspot at 425.640.6408 for this great service!