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Intermediate Watercolor
9 Weeks | $295 | In-Class

Do you have paints, brushes and paper, but don't know what to do next? In this class, those with some prior experience with watercolor will learn new techniques, improve and refresh existing skills and develop a personal direction in their work. Demonstrations and practical exercises focus on paint properties, shadows, composition, color and texture. Quick sketches and sustained paintings will be accomplished during this class. A variety of subject matter and styles will be explored. Class includes one outdoor field trip in San Diego area.

What You Will Learn:

  • How to further develop your skills in the usage of watercolor paint.
  • Best practices to develop a theme and direction to their own work.
  • Materials of art including watercolor papers and other substrates.
  • How to develop an awareness of the natural world and its application to art, as well as an awareness of contemporary and art historical movements in watercolor.
  • How to plan painting direction and technique.


Quarters Offered: Winter | In-Class
Course Fee: $295
Prerequisite: Watercolor I: Basic Techniques and Materials (ART-40625) or equivalent experience.
Materials: Whatever watercolor materials you already have.
Note: Suggested textbook: The Watercolor Bible by Joe Garcia. Elective course for Art and the Creative Process professional certificate. 
Contact: For more information about this course, please email ahl@ucsd.edu.

Recommended materials: 
Robert Simmons Brand Sapphire Brushes, Sienna Brushes, and/or Windsor and Newton University Series
Wash brush: Robert Simmons Skyflow Wash Brush or similar, 2"" or 3""
Oval Wash brush: 1/2""
Round brushes: #10, #8, #6, #3 round, white sable
Drawing board, without clips. Approx 15x20"" or larger (options: masonite, thin plysood, 1/2"" heavy weight foamcore)
Sketchbook or scratch paper
Sharp #2B office pencils
Kneaded eraser and latex eraser, masking fluid pick up eraser
Water container: plastic margarine tub or other plastic jar
Art masking fluid: Winsor & Newton yellow tinted, or Daniel Smith Masking Fluid. Don't get orange tinted kind.
Paper towels (Viva works best)
Blow dryer
Watercolor palette approx 11x15""
Watercolor paper at least 3 sheets 140lb. Arches Watercolor paper (a couple cold pressed and one rough), cut one sheet into quarters for the first class
Paints 15ml student grade tube watercolors, e.g. Cottman, Gumbacher, CheapJoe's
Portfolio or tote
Xacto knife and blades
Graphite stick 6B-9B

Course Number: ART-40239
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Art and the Creative Process