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Glencoe, Suburbs
1000 Lake Cook Road
Btwn Edens Exprsswy/Rt 41 & Green Bay Rd
Chicago, Illinois 60022
Classroom 5
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Class Level: Intermediate
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Patsy Welch

What you'll learn in this watercolor class:

For students who have completed Beginning Watercolor, we will continue to learn various techniques and color theory while exploring different ways to combine light, composition, color, and textures in watercolor painting. 

Required Materials: Please bring to the first class
  • A masking fluid pen - either fine tip or medium tip (found at Michael's, Blick, Amazon, Cheap Joe's (online), and Artorama (online)
  • A drawing pencil – HB (medium soft) or 2B (soft)
  • A kneaded eraser
  • Paper – a pad of water color paper with a medium egg shell roughness (not too rough or too smooth).
  • Water Color Paint – one small tube each of the following colors:
  1. Lemon yellow
  2. French ultramarine blue
  3. Alizarin crimson
  • Brushes- 1 inch (or a bit larger) flat watercolor brush for washes
  1. 2 or 3 more brushes varying in size (round)
  2. An old tooth brush

    You do not have to spend a lot of money on expensive brushes, just make sure they are water color brushes and not meant for oil or acrylic paints. Avoid sable brushes. I like Japanese bamboo brushes. They are inexpensive, and you can get a variety of brush marks from them.
  • Palette – You will need a water color palette (they come in plastic or metal). It is always a good idea to have extra jar tops, saucers or Tupperware lids for extra puddle mixing.
  • Other supplies: 
  1. A plastic water jar
  2. A roll of toilet paper
  3. A roll of drafting tape
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Refund requests must be submitted to [email protected] prior to the program’s start date. The registration fee will be refunded less a 10 percent processing charge.

Fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable on and after the program’s start date. We cannot refund fees requested on or after the start date of a program or for sessions missed due to student illness or other personal situations.

Registration fees for courses grouped and priced as a series will be considered one program and subject to all of the above guidelines. A refund request must be received prior to the start date of the series' first class session and will subsequently cancel your registration in every session of the series. If you choose to re-register for other sessions in the series, the special discount does not apply.


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