Painting Basics for Beginners in Watercolor


This class offers easy lessons in everything you always wanted to know about watercolor!  From a compositional sketch to a full color painting, Kathleen will demonstrate each basic step  and give artists time to try the techniques with hands-on guidance.  This class is also recommended as a great review of color mixing for the intermediate painter.  A materials list will be provided.  Rental supplies are available for $55 by contacting the instructor.

Please keep in mind before you purchase materials that the class may not yet be confirmed.



*Please use this list as a GUIDE as well as a statement of my personal watercolor supplies.  If you already have some watercolor supplies, bring what you are most comfortable using.  If you buy from a shop, ask for a student discount.

 Supply Rental options: 

Beginners may “rent” all watercolor supplies from the instructor for use during class for a fee of $55 per workshop.  If you are renting all supplies, please bring the items listed under Miscellaneous supplies at the bottom of this list shown in red.


Sketchbook (9” x 12” is a good size)

# 2 Pencil

Graphite Drawing Pencils (sizes 2H, HB and 4B)

Small Pencil Sharpener

Plastic Eraser

Good Quality Watercolor Paper - (Optional for beginners) 11 X 14 (2 sheets) 140 lb. Cold Press (Arches is a good             brand) 

Less Expensive Watercolor Paper - 140 lb. Cold Press – any brand in a tablet or spiral approximately 11” x 15”

            for practice work

Watercolor Board to support your paper (approximately 13” x 17” or bring what you already have.  I use 1/8”

             Plexiglass purchased from a glass shop and have the edges smoothed.)

Watercolor Palette with lid (I prefer the John Pike Palette) or a White Plastic Plate

Watercolor Brushes - Suggested sizes:

                Round #6, Round #10, 1/2” Flat, 2” Wash Brush  (*Creative Mark Beste “Nadel Round” and “Wash” brushes        from Jerry’s Artarama are excellent and inexpensive.)

Tube Watercolors:  I will be demonstrating with the colors on the attached list of my personal palette. 

     Basic Colors: 

French Ultramarine

            Winsor Blue Red Shade or Thalo (Pthalo) Blue

Winsor Red or Scarlet Lake                                           

            Winsor Red Deep

Winsor Yellow or Lemon Yellow

Hansa Yellow Deep

Winsor Green Blue Shade or Thalo (Pthalo) Green      

            Raw Sienna                                                                    

            Burnt Sienna

             Burnt Umber                                              

     Optional Colors:  Permanent Rose and Cobalt Blue

* Please note – I have a brand preference for every color because I like to use “pure pigments” and lightfast paints and not all brands are the same.  If you would like specific brands names for each paint color please refer to Kathleen Noffsinger’s Palette Colors list.

Miscellaneous Supplies:  Your own non-copyrighted photos or objects to paint, paper towels, small sponge, 2 water containers large enough for your 2” wash brush, box of cheap tissues (the kind without lotion), small spray bottle for water, masking tape, plastic bag for trash, 12 inch ruler, old cotton hand towel, apron or smock.


Catalogs:  Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff -

                   Jerry’s Artarama -

          Blick Art Materials -                   
















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