Intro to Watercolor
w/ Karen Pinard


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Intro  to Watercolor (for the absolute beginner)

Instructor: Karen Pinard

Day: Fridays (five weeks) Beginning May 19

Time: 9:30am-12:00Noon

Price: Members $92/Non-Members $116

**$20 material fee optional**

(Limited to 8 students)


This class is designed to take the mystery out of watercolor painting. Information will be provided on the tools, materials, techniques and methods of this medium.

This class will not be about composition and creating art, but rather what one needs to know and understand about the medium and providing the necessary information in order to move on to the Watercolor Art Classes and Workshops.

Topics include:

  • Color theory, the color wheel
  • Color mixing, the limited palette, pigment attributes
  • Importance of Tonal Values
  • The three methods of watercolor painting- wet on wet, glazing/wet on dry, washing
  • Brushes and mark marking, paper choices
  • Techniques- resist/masking, dry brush, spatter, affects with water/salt/plastic film/etc.

Students will paint watercolor studies in order to understand the various methods and techniques.

Students will have a list of supplies to bring, or can pay a materials fee of $20 for the palette, paint and paper provided by the instructor as well as a support to use for class.


  • Materials-
  • The initial cost for watercolor materials can be high- instructor will charge a $20 materials fee for palette, support for course use, paint, and paper… OR student can bring their own supplies.
  • Using coupons at AC Moore and Michael’s works, but best pricing is online at Jerry’s Artarama, Dick Blick, or CHeap Joes.
  • Paint:
  • Warm and cool of the basic primaries in Professional Grades. Instructor uses Winsor Newton
  • Winsor yellow or Lemon yellow
  • Cadium yellow pale or Cadium yellow
  • Permanent rose
  • Cadium red
  • Cerulean blue
  • Ultra-marine blue
  • Raw sienna
  • Paper:
  • Using the best materials is part of the successful journey in watercolor
  • Cold press 140lb weight- can be purchased as single sheets, or in blocks. Instructor will have sheets available at discount (bulk) pricing for those students bringing their own supplies.
  • Other:
  • 2 clear containers for water
  • 3 brushes- (round #5 or #6, round #10 or #12, a 1″ flat)
  • Viva paper towels
  • Pencil
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Palette
  • notebook for ckass notes and sketching
  • Support for watercolor paper
  • Blue painter’s tape


Instructor Bio-

Karen Pinard has been seriously painting since moving to Cape Cod in 2005. Her medium of choice is works on paper that include watercolor and mono-types although many of her floral studies and abstracts are done with water mixable oils.

Karen achieved an Associate Maters in Ikebana studying in Japan for five years. She is an avid gardener with a small landscape consulting firm, Art of the Garden.

“My artwork is inspired by the unending beauty of nature and my experience with floral and landscape design.

Working with water media on beautiful paper is an intriguing medium with unpredictable experience and there is freshness to the process which is perfect for landscapes and botanical interpretations.

Between the fine lines of abstraction, impression, and representation lies great possibilities to express what is unique and perhaps elicit an emotional response or memory.”

Additional Information

Choose option:

Member, Non-Member, $20 Material Fee