Watercolour for Beginners

Wednesdays in February and repeated in March from 1-3pm

Watercolour for Beginners

In this 4 week course you will learn the basics of watercolour painting. Types of watercolour paper. How much water to use with your paint? Wet on wet, dry brush and using the “Watercolour Clock”. How to mix colours and tonal values. How to create different textures, moods and effects. There will be a few exercises to help you along your journey as we paint together. Each lesson will include a live demonstration before you try it on your own.


Watercolour paints (9 colours total)

  • 1x warm red (e.g.: cadmium red medium, or pyrrol red)
  • 1x cool red (e.g.: alizarim crimson, or quinacridone magenta) *
  • 1x warm yellow (e.g.: hansa yellow deep, or azo yellow deep or yellow ochre)
  • 1x cool yellow (e.g.: hansa yellow light or azo yellow light, or lemon yellow) *
  • 1x warm blue (e.g.: ultramarine blue, cobalt blue)
  • 1x cool blue (e.g.: pthalo blue, or cerulean blue) *
  • 1each x earth tones (burnt sienna, burnt umber, and paynes grey) 
    * If you can’t get all the colours, these are the bare minumum. 
    Buy the best brand you can afford – Tube paints are best – I like “Qor” and “M. Graham” for vibrant colour 
    (I also use Daniel Smith but they can get very expensive and not needed for beginners)


  • Round – a small & medium (i.e. #4 & #10 – each brand has their own number system)
  • Flat – a small & medium (i.e. 1/2 inch & 1 inch)
  • Other brushes will be discussed and shown
    * I prefer to only use round brushes, some artists only use flat, while others use both. 
    While it’s more of a preference, the different shaped brushes can produce different effects.

Paper & Pallette

  • Watercolour paper
    (cold pressed 140 lbs or better – paper quality is important but you don’t need the best for exercises and practicing)
    * I strongly discourage the CansonXL (blue cover) brand as it disintegrates with too much water.
    All other Canson brands are great and I use them still
  • Watercolour palette (plastic palette, or ceramic plate)
  • Masking tape (low tack painters tape is great)
  • Small board to tape your paper down (I use corrugated plastic sheets)
  • Other mediums will be shown and supplied.
    * We will be going over all these supplies in the first class. If you are unsure about one or more of these,
    wait until the first class before purchasing. 

REGISTER HERE – $100 (class limit of 6)

Classes at Wallhalla Art Studio (located within Globe Studios – 141 Whitney Place, Kitchener, ON)