Moving Along with Watercolor – The Landscape with Marian Colman


A two-day watercolor workshop for advanced beginners.

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Saturday January 22 and Sunday January 23
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • 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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This workshop is designed for advanced beginners. The pre-requisite for the workshop is completion of Marian Colman’s “Getting Started in Watercolor” workshop OR any other beginning watercolor class.

We will continue to explore the medium of watercolor through exercises. Topics to be covered include color mixing, composition, value studies, and the overall painting process (both studio and plein air painting). Elements of landscape painting such as skies, trees, water and foreground will also be addressed.

The instructor, Marian Colman, encourages students to email her images to critique up to five days after the workshop for additional assistance.



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” or 9 x 12”, 24 sheets, 140 LB paper- for exercises. If you took Getting Started in Watercolor with me, use the notebook from that workshop (no need to buy a new one)


-PAPER-1 sheets Arches #140lb cold press  22” x 30”. 1 sheet Arches #140 hot press 22 x 30


PALETTE- I have the John Pike palette. It comes with a lid and is very popular with watercolor painters. 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. You should have 3 round brushes: #2, #6 and #10 or #12. It’s good to have 2 flat brushes, a ½” flat and a 1” flat.  A ¾” flat is also a good size to have as an extra flat. I like the Silver Brush Black Velvet brushes and the Princeton Neptune brushes. Another option is the Cheap Joes Psuedo Sable brushes. If you already have brushes, use what you have. A #2 or #3 squirrel mop made by DaVinci or Isabey is helpful for big washes. A rigger is useful. I use the Robert Simmons Sapphire series 551, #1. If you would like to add to your brush collection, here are some suggestions: the Scroggy Loose Goose brush from Cheap Joes in a size 3 ( good for painting trees) and the Ron Ranson Hake brush from Cheap Joes in a Medium. ( good for grasses and texture.) These are not necessary but I will demonstrate them so you can see how they are used.


WATERCOLORS- Please buy artist quality TRANSPARENT watercolor paints in tubes. ( Do not buy gouache).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.


Cool red-Permanent Alizarin Crimson(*Winsor Newton) or Quinacridone Rose (*Daniel Smith)


Warm red- Pyroll Scarlet (*Daniel Smith )


Cool yellow- Hansa Yellow Light or Azo yellow


Warm yellow-Hansa Yellow Deep, New Gamboge, or Indian yellow


Cool blue-Winsor Blue (red shade)-(*Winsor Newton)- or Prussian Blue


Warm blue-French Ultramarine Blue(*Winsor Newton)


Burnt Sienna (*Winsor Newton)

Raw Sienna- (*Holbein)

Quinacridone Gold (*Daniel Smith)

Cobalt Blue- (*Winsor Newton)

Cerulean Blue

Payne’s Grey-(*Winsor Newton )


If you would like to add to your palette, the following colors are suggested but not required-


Perylene Green- *Daniel Smith

Carbozole Violet- *Daniel Smith

Lavender- *Holbein

Neutral Tint- *Daniel Smith


*=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)

-Water container- – plastic 32oz empty yogurt containers work great. (Make sure your water container isn’t too small.) Water containers seem to be plentiful at the Art Center so you may use those if you wish

-Tissues or paper towels

– an old toothbrush if you have one

-Pencil and eraser


-an old towel to wipe your brush on

– a black Sharpie

– a small spray bottle or mister- Holbein makes a nice one specifically for watercolor

-a small sketchbook for notes/value studies

– a backing board at least 11” x 15” to tape paper to. Gator board is good or a piece of Masonite will also work


Please email me if you have any questions-

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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