Course Description

The translucent quality and fluidity of watercolors, as well as its aqueous nature, inherent delicacy, and subtlety make it an excellent medium for capturing atmospheric and natural environments. In this 6-week course, students explore the techniques, styles, and materials, which are unique to this medium. Focus includes layering color to create contrast and texture in a two-dimensional composition. Examination of characteristics of transparent pigment, color mixing, basic brushstroke, and painting techniques are also covered. Learn about different weights and textures of paper, as well as the appropriate tools to complete the job. Projects are designed to expose students to various challenges specific to the medium and emphasis is placed on the basic rules of good design.

- Through weekly Zoom meetings, students will work under the guidance of instructor expertise to achieve their work in a virtual studio environment. In addition, students take part in select course activities at their own time; course content will be posted on a weekly basis based on the scheduled meeting date.
- This course does not provide certificate credit.
Prerequisite: None



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Section Title
Watercolor Painting I
9:30AM to 12:30PM
May 22, 2021 to Jun 26, 2021
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  • On-Line Distance Learning
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Course Requirements:

  • This course requires you to have a computer with an internet connection; camera and mic to participate in an online course setting; and ZOOM Web Conferencing App installed.
Section Notes
  • All times are listed for Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

  • Course teaching method: Combined Asynchronous/Synchronous

  • Asynchronous: Taught through an online learning environment, allowing for flexibility with scheduling of the student's participation in activities. Includes organized discussions, posts and replies to messages, and uploaded multimedia and resources.                                                                                      

  • Synchronous: Taught through an online learning environment, allowing for the instructor and students to meet during scheduled times. Includes lectures, demos and discussions via Zoom.

  • Course details subject to change. Please check this page regularly to verify information. After registering for a course, visit your student profile page for updates.

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