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The Beginning Watercolor class also ended this week. I only had three students for this session. That meant we were able to cover quite a bit of material in a six week session.

Gayle Brown2

Gayle Brown2

The first week we learned about the watercolor paper (we use Arches 140lb coldpress right from the start), brushes and practice painting wet on dry, wet in wet, and dry brushing. We practiced washes and compared mixing colors on our palettes and mixing colors on the paper. Their first assignment was to paint a back lit scene.

Gayle Brown

Gayle Brown

The second week we learned how to create trees in different ways. This included using a sponge, pontillism and scumbling. I also introduced liquid frisket and showed different ways it could be used.

Kathy Gordon

Kathy Gordon

On the third week we talked about man-made objects and buildings, perspective and how to grid our paper to assist with drawing our buildings. We talked about how buildings are man-made and composed of geometric shapes. We also talked about how we could look for negative space to put our buildings together. I also taught them how to soften a line by tickling a hard edge while it is still wet.

Rose Clair5

Rose Clair5

On the fourth week we discussed clouds and the different techniques we could use to create them. We also talked about painting water and waves and what we can use to create snow.

Rose Clair

Rose Clair

Kathy Gordon5

Kathy Gordon5

The fifth week was devoted to learning to paint little people.

On the last night of class we worked on an elegant writer painting. They were not able to finish these for me to photograph but all three had a great start!

If you would like to view more of their paintings, please click hereย or scroll to the top of the page and click on Student Art: beginning Watercolor in the list of pages. You can enlarge any of the above paintings by clicking on them twice.

Thank you to all my students who contributed their art to this page. ย ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Gayle’s sunset is remarkable! She has a way with her trees, beautiful. Loved Kathy’s simplistic approach and the layered clouds by Rose, you are one lucky teacher to have such talented students ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I do feel so lucky. These three artists worked so hard from week to week to learn the basics. They would bring their work in the following week and I was amazed by what they came up with! They knew they had to spend time and practice painting and trying the techniques. Thank you for this comment, Padmaja! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. They did great! You must be an awesome teacher !

  3. Your class is very thorough in topics covered and your students’ works are well-done for beginners. Enjoyed this post !

    • Sometimes I think I don’t have enough time to cover all I would like to cover. Thank you for this comment, Sand Salt Moon.

  4. Wonderful tools you teach your students. It would be such a fun class.

  5. As always Leslie your students have excelled!!

  6. Some lovely work there, you wonderful art teacher! Wow, three students! An excellent chance for some really in-depth discussion.

    • That’s exactly what happened, Cindy. We were able to cover each topic and skill in more detail. Thank you so much!

  7. Hard to believe these students are only starting out with watercolour – they’re all great! Well done all.

    • That’s what I said when they returned with their first week’s painting, June. It looked as if they had painted before! Thank you!

  8. Excellent work. Your students seem quite proficient already. And thanks for the links.

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  10. Beautiful paintings!!

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