Intro to Watercolor

In watercolor there are several greats. They are Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Turner and Andrew Wyeth. This is my list. If you are interested you may find others. My list contains mainly realist. I do not know what except that there is a certain amount of craft and spontaneity in there work that I am drawn too. It is not super realism. It represents something, maybe emotional content or memories, but they are my favorites.

Why start off with watercolor?

Well we worked with pastels because its dry, easy and color can be used and learned simply. Watercolor is not as easy. You are using water and if you are not in the here and now then you will use to much water or something and you will mess up. So, be careful.

Some words







Wet on wet.

Wet on dry

Dry on wet

Dry on dry

Loaded brush

Dry brush


There are others rest assured but these will suffice now.

Color Theory ( always black or a dark color, white is the amount of water in traditional watercolor )

Lesson One
4 basic techniques

Wet on wet wash = wet paper/wet paint

Wet on dry paint = wet paper/dry ish paint

(Note paint is not really dry it just is not water saturated)

Dry on wet = dry paper/wet paint

Dry on dry (for detailing) = dry paper/dry paint
a) demo and review
b) exhibit process
c) paint still life of three white cups ( best for reflections and washes)
d) Paint a landscape
e) Paint a collage based on a grid
f) Materials h Pencils, watercolour paper, watercolor, brushes, SMALL amounts of water
g)Suggestions monochromatic, complements,

Assessment lesson using any of the skills above students should paint a simple still life and landscape.

a) TIO
b) use of techniques
c) procedure