ONLINE WORKSHOP: Getting Started in Watercolor with Marian Colman


A three-day online watercolor workshop for beginners.

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Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
January 8th, 9th, and 10th

9:00 am – 12:00 pm


This ONLINE Workshop on the ZOOM Platform is designed for beginners.

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

 ( available at all exercises will be done in the field book


-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 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 find the majority of my painting is done with a sable synthetic after the initial first wash which is done with a squirrel mop. You should have 3 round brushes: approximately #2(small), #6(medium) and #10 or #12 (large). The Loew Cornell Series 7020 brushes are excellent and reasonably priced. A squirrel mop brush is very useful for washes. I recommend the DaVinci Petit Gris Pur #2 or #3. A ½”flat and a 1” flat brush are also handy. I recommend the Silver Black Velvet series 3008S. The Escoda Perla brushes are synthetic and are good for detail. If you want to expand your brush collection, they are worth considering. Either #8 or #10 is a good place to start. If you already have brushes, use what you have. You don’t need to go out and spend a fortune on new brushes! The above brushes are suggestions if you are just starting out.


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.


 Quinacridone Rose *Daniel Smith ( cool red)


 Pyroll Scarlet *Daniel Smith or Napthol Red (warm red)


Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Light or Azo yellow ( cool yellow)


Transparent Yellow Oxide- (warm yellow) *Daniel Smith


Cerulean Blue- (cool blue)


French Ultramarine Blue*Winsor Newton ( warm blue)


Burnt Sienna *Winsor Newton


Quinacridone Gold *Daniel Smith

Cobalt Blue

Sap Green *Daniel Smith

Perylene Green-*Daniel Smith

Carbozole Violet


  • 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 such as 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.) I usually use 2- one for clean water and one for cleaning my brush.

-an old towel for removing excess water from your brush

– a Sharpie fine line marker

-Tissues or paper towels

– an old toothbrush if you have one

-Pencil and eraser

-Small spray bottle/mister- Holbein makes 1 specifically for watercolor

A backing or drawing board to use as a support for paper, such as a piece of Gator board or masonite.

-a ruler 12-18”

-a small sketchbook for note taking and value studies


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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