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Sanford Community Adult Education

Traditional Watercolor Technique

with Sheila Clough


Class is full

Our session will begin with an introduction to and demonstration of traditional watercolor techniques. Subsequent weeks will include composition, the use of color and value to create form in a still life and depth in a landscape. Class will be modified to accommodate students of all levels and is appropriate for true beginners and artists who have taken previous classes.

No class 10/29 & 11/12.

SuppliesSketch pad, kneaded gum eraser, soft pencil (HB or softer), pencil sharpener, good student grade cold press watercolor paper pad, paper towels, a good sized water container, watercolor box or watercolor pallet to use with tube paints.BrushesAlways get the best brushes you can afford, they really make a difference. Recommended bush size: round #3, 6, 8, 12; flat 1/2”, 1”My personal favorites are Sax Arts & Crafts True Flow Golden TalonPaintThe quality of the paints you purchase will depend on your experience level. Beginners who are doing watercolor for the first time can get by with a good quality half pan set. Intermediate students are okay with student grade paints. More advanced students will like professional grade. I use Winsor & Newton tube watercolors.All you need is red, yellow and blue so don’t worry about getting the colors listed below if you have different ones already. The list is just a suggestion of basic colors.WatercolorsI like Winsor & Newton tube watercolors. The colors marked with * would be an excellent limited set.Cobalt Blue *Ultramarine Blue*Cadmium Yellow Yellow Ochre*Cadmium red med. Alizarin CrimsonWatercolor PaperThe best papers are expensive. Thickness varies from 72 lb. (thin) to 400 lb. (very thick). The poundage is based on the weight of a ream of 500 sheets. Cold press or rough student grade paper is fine for practice. I use 140 lb. cold press (rough). Hot press is more difficult to use.Art Suppliers:Michaels Arts and Crafts. I always use the coupons found in their weekly adAC Moore – also has couponsArtist & Craftsman supplies, Portland. Traditional Watercolor supply list

No class on 10/29!


  • Oct 15 - Nov 26th, 2018
    Mon for 5 weeks from 9:00 - 11:30 am


Anderson Learning Center; 21 Bradeen St
Springvale, ME 04083 Get directions

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