Watercolor, Transparent & OpaqueWith Wendy Scheirer
January 26 – March 1, 2024
A six (6) week class
January 26 – March 1
Watercolor is a versatile medium, which can be both transparent and opaque. Using a variety of subject matter, some techniques explored will be drawing for watercolor, painting without drawing, wet-in-wet watercolor, glazing with watercolor washes, the use of gouache and other aqueous media with watercolor. The instructor will start each class with a demonstration or an explanation of the technique for the day. Students will be encouraged to work in their own personal style. Each class will end with a group critique with the emphasis on constructive criticism.
BFA in Graphic Design from Arcadia University. More than twenty-five years teaching experience includes West Chester University, Immaculata University, CCAA, Wayne, CAC, DFAC, and workshops along the Mid-Atlantic coast from Martha’s Vineyard to Winston-Salem, NC.
Biography for W. B. Scheirer:
Wendy is a signature member of watercolor societies, PWS, PWCS, and BWS and has won awards in local and regional shows. She has watercolor paintings in private collections of the Hagley Museum, Kutztown University, and the Chester County Library, and has done commercial work in watercolor for many corporations including, American Greetings, County Lines, Chester County Flower Show and ARC.
Student Materials List
Watercolor Instructor: Wendy Scheirer
This supply list is intended as a guide for the beginning painter. If you are already working in watercolor you may use your usual equipment. You may bring any other aqueous media you would like to try, i.e. watercolor pencils or
crayons, charcoal pencils, ink or markers. (
BRUSHES: Good watercolor brushes are your most important tools. Watercolor brushes differ from oil painting brushes in feeling softer to the touch. A good round brush should hold sufficient water and paint to let you lay a good wash and come to a good point so you can get fine detail. If you are just beginning, a fairly large (#12 or #14) round brush would be a good one to start with. Other types and sizes of brushes may be added to your collection as you find the need, such as a smaller brush for detail, flat brushes for landscape painting, a stiff brush for scrubbing, etc.
PALETTE: A plain white plastic palette or butcher’s tray for mixing paint will be needed. An excellent and economically priced palette is the John Pike palette, which has a tightly fitting lid to keep paint moist from one painting session to the next.
PAPER: Good quality, 100% cotton rag watercolor paper will give the best results. Watercolor paper comes in a variety of weights and surface textures. The easiest for beginners to use is 140 lb. Cold Press, a medium weight paper. D’Arches brand 140 lb. paper is available in a variety of surfaces, Hot Press, Cold Press and Rough. Lighter weight papers (70 lb. or 90 lb.) require stretching of the paper to maintain a smooth surface and heavier weights (260Ib. or 300Ib.) are more expensive.
PAINTS: Ten or twelve tubes of paint will be needed for a full range of color mixing and painting. Cotman brand, which is Winsor & Newton’s student grade paint and Grumbacher’s Academy brand are good quality for student purposes. Below is a list of some suggested colors:
REDS: Warm Cadmium Scarlet or Scarlet Lake Cool Alizarin Crimson or Rose Madder
YELLOWS: Warm Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cool Aureolin or Lemon Yellow or Winsor Yellow
BLUES: Warm, French Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue Cool Winsor Blue, Thalo Blue or Prussian Blue
Cerulean Blue is a light value, opaque color good for skies
Some other useful colors: Sap Green or Olive Green, Permanent Rose, Cotman Mauve, Genuine, Cobalt Violet, Brown Madder, Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Paynes Grey, Titanium White
It is not necessary to have all the colors listed.
Sketchbook, Pencils and Erasers: A small sketchbook for exploring the subject matter and planning composition and design is helpful. An ordinary #2 household pencil will be adequate, but you may prefer drawing pencils, HB, 28, 4B, 6B, or other sketching pencils for work in your sketchbook. A Design brand, Artist Kneaded Eraser is best to use on your watercolor paper, as it doesn’t damage the surface.
A Support Board for Paper: A piece of Plexiglas, masonite, foam core board or Gator Board will be required to support your paper while working on it. Bulldog Clips, staples or masking tape may be used to hold paper in place.
Other Useful Items: Paper towels, facial tissue, a small spray bottle, sponges, toothbrush, salt, Pebeo Drawing gum, or Art Masking Fluid, Miskit or Maskoid, and a rubber cement pick-up for removing it.