Watercolor Classes/Workshops

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Class Sessions & Dates:

 July 11,12,18,19

July 25,26,Aug 1,2,

September 19,20,26,27

October 3,4,10,11 and

October 17,18,24,25


Class Description

There are several class sessions you can choose from. Each class session runs from 9:30-12:30 for 4 mornings at the San Francisco Annex, which is to the right of the entrance arch of the Fabrica Aurora on Calzada de Aurora. One of these days is extended for one full day 9:30-5:00 if needed. This is an excellent location with easy parking and coffee nearby. The classes are not sequential and you can join any one session (4 classes) — and you can stay on for more. Each session is 230 USD. Students who have taken a class session are invited to return as drop ins.

2018 Class Sessions & Dates:

Class Materials

Following is a suggested materials list. Each of you may have your own favorite papers and paints and palettes already. In most cases the materials you already own will work for these classes. However, I would suggest that you have at least one large wash brush and use artist’s quality pigments and 100% cotton rag paper.

This is a check list that you can adapt to supplies that you already have. Here in San Miguel, I like to shop at El Pato for art supplies. El Pato, is located at Margarito Ledesma #19 in Colonia Guadalupe.  I have already spoken to the owner, David Salgado Arana, about watercolor blocks, brushes and paints. If you let me know in a timely manner, I can make sure that he orders what is needed for you.

There will be storage space in the Annex classroom, but packaging everything you need in a bag makes it convenient for plein aire excursions and safe keeping.

·      A sketchbook : no smaller than 5x7

·      An iPad or iPhone with 2 important apps to download on it:  Waterlogue (4.99) and Image Blender (3.99)

·      Paper - I use Arches or Lana Waterford 140lb Cold Press paper blocks. If you plan to use  sheets, then a stretching board will be needed. I use Masonite, or gator board and (Scotch brand) masking tape to affix the paper to the board.

·      Drafting or masking tape 1” size

·      A water holder and small spray bottle 

·      A watercolor palette. There are many styles to choose from. Make sure the one you have has adequate space for mixing pigments

·      Paper towels

Brushes and Paints

·      Brushes:  You will need a small, medium, and large watercolor brush. I recommend the Escoda Perla and Versatil series short handled rounds No's 14 and a 1-  3/4" flat. Treat yourselves to good brushes. I will have extra brushes on hand as well.

·      A brush carrier, such as bamboo or cloth roll.

·      Paints:  I use primarily Daniel Smith Artist's watercolors. I do not suggest using student grade paint. The only difference between the two types is the amount of pigment used. If you use student-grade, your work will look more washed out.

Note: There are many manufacturers and I have tried most of them. Daniel Smith, Winsor and Newton, Holbein, M. Graham, Rembrandt, are all suitable. But do not buy cake or block colors.  

Color Palette

Note:  This is only a suggestion, as we can typically make your colors work. I do like to use the Quinachridones, though. Basically, you want a palette of colors that includes a yellow, red, orange, blue, brown and green.

New Gamboge

Naples Yellow

Lemon Yellow

Raw Sienna

Raw Umber

Burnt Umber

Quinachridone Burnt Orange

Quinachridone Gold

Quinachridone Scarlet

Permanent Alizarin Crimson

Cadmium Red

Cadmium Orange

Cadmium Scarlet

Neutral Tint/ Payne’s grey

Cobalt Blue

French Ultramarine

Undersea Green

Greenish Yellow - Holbein 

I look forward to meeting you in person. Do not hesitate to contact me at