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More Watercolor Painting
w/ James Farrand

Date / Time: 
4 classes / Mondays / October 1, 8, 15, 22 / 1-3 pm

Cost: $150 for a session 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

Watercolor painting is challenging! It’s a wonderful medium and, in the right hands, can produce wonderful paintings – but it can be difficult to get it to work for you. If you’ve struggled with getting those gorgeous transparent, vibrant colors, this course is the perfect place to jump in, because this one is all about color! And it’s taught by James Farrand, known for his amazing ability to produce deeply saturated yet vibrant color in his watercolor paintings, as you can see from the images on this page. James will patiently unfold the mysteries and you’ll get all his tips and tricks, while learning more about the basics of watercolor painting.

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“More Watercolor Painting” is a 4-week course which, together with Beginning Watercolor (formerly Step 1), covers the basics of painting with Watercolors!  You can take both courses in order or, if you have already had some basics elsewhere, just start in with “More” right off the bat. You can go back later and take “Beginning” if you feel like you need to fill in some blanks – we offer them alternately all year long.

Whereas the main goal for Beginning Watercolor is to introduce and gain confidence in using a minimal set of foundational tools, supplies, and techniques, More Watercolor Painting will both continue this learning process as well as dig much deeper into color. Color mixing. Color theory. Color. Mmmmmm. Color!

Through the study of the color wheel and key concepts including color contrast, color hue, color value, color temperature, color saturation, color complements, color harmony, and more, we will learn how to control and enhance the visual impact of our paintings. And we’ll have a whole lot of fun doing it.

As with James' Beginning Watercolor class, by doing easy step-by-step exercises, and gradually moving into more involved studies, we’ll use the skills and knowledge learned in creating a simple yet visually pleasing painting that will have you inspired to experiment, study, and paint your own watercolor creations.

The intended audience for this class is anyone who is familiar with (although not necessarily completely confident in using) a basic set of watercolor tools, supplies, and techniques.

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 ARTspotEdmonds@gmail.com.

Supply List:
For "More Watercolor Painting", we will be using the same supplies from Beginning Watercolor Painting, plus a few additional items.

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


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


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


  • 1 medium (white plastic) watercolor palette. James likes Mijello Fusion Airtight/Leakproof Palette with 18 wells. Other palettes (e.g. Jones Palette 'Kit' 2) are fine as well. The important thing is that it has individual wells, a cover, and plenty of mixing area.


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


  • Containers for water, hair dryer

Paint: (FYI, Different brands are ok as long as Artist Quality.)

  • M Graham ultramarine blue
  • M Graham Naphthol Red


  • 1 Small Bristle 'scrubby brush' - (e.g. Princeton Catalyst Short Filbert #4)

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.