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Watercolor for Scaredy Cats II, Spring 2020

This class is for students who have taken my first level beginner class or those that consider themselves beginners but who have a little basic knowledge of color mixing and brushwork. Students who have taken my Watercolor for Scaredy Cats I all fit this description but any other students with some watercolor experience are welcome to join.

We will concentrate on developing skills, painting what we see directly from life in transparent watercolor with a limited but complete palette. No pencils or erasers necessary.

Bring a sense of humor and adventure and be prepared to up your skill level.

This is NOT a true beginner class. Some basic understanding of color mixing and brushwork will be expected. Those uncertain of those skills might like the first level class better.

Materials we will be using (ask for a student discount if you buy locally):

  • Cotman watercolors, small tubes:
    • Cadmium red, medium
    • Alizarin crimson
    • Ultramarine blue
    • Prussian blue
    • Raw sienna
    • Lemon yellow
  • Brushes—I recommend 3 rounds, #6, #12 and a really big one! Wait on the latter until you come to class for a recommendation at a reasonable price.
  • Paper—A 9x12” pad of Canson watercolor paper—it should have a blue cover. Please do not substitute. This is the best paper pad for value and it holds up better than any others I’ve tried for students.
  • A container for water
  • A small white ceramic plate (not plastic) for a palette
  • Paper towels

Mary Richmond grew up on Cape Cod and has drawn and painted her way through life. Watercolor is her preferred medium. Today her work can be found on her website or in the many illustrations she does for various publications. She has taught watercolor for many years and loves helping her students make creative breakthroughs in their work. Her teaching style is casual and encouraging.

Our classes and workshops are open to students of all abilities and needs. We are currently unable to provide one-on-one instruction, though we will make every attempt to address accommodations for full and successful engagement whenever possible.
If a student requires individual supports, parent/guardian/PCA/teacher/ABA Therapists/etc are welcome to attend.
Please contact Christine Ernst, Director of Education, for more information at