FULL – In-Person Workshop: Getting Started in Watercolor with Marian Colman


A two-day watercolor workshop for beginners.

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October 2 and 3
10am to 3pm

We have updated our pandemic protocols because of the new health recommendations from the CDC and local health officials guidance on Cape Cod, as well as for the health, safety and well-being of our students, staff and teachers.

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Have you been intrigued with watercolor and wondered what it would take to get started in this luminous medium? Designed for those with little or no knowledge of watercolor, this workshop will cover the basic tools and techniques of the medium. Emphasis will be placed on a variety of exercises that will familiarize students with washes, mixing color, understanding value. and using special techniques. The exercises will be compiled in a watercolor notebook that can be used as a resource for future watercolor exploration. The emphasis will be on exercises in using watercolor, not on creating a finished masterpiece!





Refunds will not be given within one month of the start of a workshop. Workshops are not pro-rated. A $25 processing fee is withheld from all refunds.

The Art Center reserves the right to cancel any workshop due to insufficient enrollment, in which case tuition will be fully refunded.



I order my materials from either Jerry’s Artarama, Dick Blick, or Cheap Joes. Amazon may have some of these items- shop around!



-PENTALIC WATERCOLOR FIELD BOOK, wirebound  11 x 14”  24 sheets, 140 LB paper

-Arches #140 Cold Press paper- minimum 1 sheet 22” x 30” ( can be divided into smaller pieces for paintings). Arches blocks are ok if you already have 1. The paper is not quite as nice as the sheets, but it is fine


PALETTE- I have the John Pike palette. It comes with a lid and is very popular with watercolor painters. The Blick covered palette is a less expensive version of the Pike palette. The Mijello Fusion Airtight/Leakproof palette is another option- or use whatever palette you already have.


BRUSHES- Synthetic blend brushes are high quality and reasonably priced. I recommend the Silver Black Velvet brushes Series 3000S ( blend of  natural squirrel hair and synthetic fibers)- Round sizes  #2, #6, and #10.  Also the SBV ¾” square wash brush.  If you already have brushes, use what you have. A liner or script brush is nice for very thin lines. I recommend the Robert Simmons Series  S50, #1.


WATERCOLORS- Please buy artist quality tube watercolor paints. We will use a limited palette, 1 warm and 1 cool of each of the primaries plus a few other convenience colors.  My favorite brands are Winsor Newton ( do not buy Cotman), Holbein and Daniel Smith. Here are the colors I suggest- Where there is a choice, pick one.


For cool red-Permanent Alizarin Crimson *Winsor Newton or Quinacridone Rose *Daniel Smith


 For warm red- Pyroll Scarlet *Daniel Smith


For cool yellow- Lemon Yellow or  Azo yellow or Hansa Yellow Light


For warm yellow- Hansa  Yellow Deep or Indian Yellow


For cool blue-Winsor Blue (Red Shade)*Winsor Newton or Prussian Blue-*Winsor Newton- (


For warm blue-French Ultramarine Blue*Winsor Newton


Additional colors-


Burnt Sienna *Winsor Newton

Raw Sienna- Holbein

Quinacridone Gold *Daniel Smith

Payne’s Gray

Cobalt Blue

Cerulean Blue


  • Indicates the preferred brand, however feel free to use what you already have.


Watercolors come in 5ml or 15ml tubes. I use the 15ml tubes but feel free to buy the smaller tubes if you want to be more economical or if you’re uncertain you’ll stick with watercolor.




-Roll of masking tape ( avoid the colored tape like blue or green tape-it’s very distracting) I use the Scotch Contractor Grade masking tape #2020

-Water containers- – I use 2, 1 for rinsing the brush and one for applying clean water to the paper. (Make sure your water containers aren’t too small.)

-Tissues or paper towels

– an old toothbrush if you have one

-Pencil and eraser


-Board to tape paper to- Gatorboard, Masonite, or plexiglass, about 11 x 15 or larger

-an old towel or household sponge to wipe your brush on

– a small spray bottle or mister ( Holbein makes 1 specifically for watercolor use that is about $3)

– a small sketchbook


Please email me if you have any questions- marian.colman@gmail.com

I look forward to working with you!


Instructor Bio

Marian Colman has taught for 25 years, 15 in the K-12 public school system and 10 years at the university undergraduate level. She has a BFA in Art Education and a Masters in Art Education. Inspiring students to do their best creative work has always been a driving force for her. Giving to others what she has learned from a lifetime of creativity is satisfying. Marian says: “I believe everyone is creative and can learn to express themselves through drawing and painting. It’s a matter of learning the process and then practice, practice, practice- miles on the brush as they say.”



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