Watercolor Classes for All Levels

Mary Lou Peters

Thursday, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

1/11/2018- 2/8/2018

5 weeks: $145 members/$181 non-members

Students will learn to paint or continue their studies of watercolor in a relaxed setting. Each class period will begin with a demonstration of a design element or technique; students will practice that technique with assistance from teacher, then paint their own original creations with plenty of one-on-one assistance for beginning and experienced painters alike.

During each lesson, there will be some incidental demonstrations as students request them. I take my cue from what is needed by my students. I am a patient, encouraging teacher who will find students’ strengths and build on them. Students become creative problem solvers as they experience the joy of watercolor painting.

Week 1: Color Study
Color wheel
Color blending

Week 2: Composition
Basics of composition
Using reference photos

Week 3: Atmospheric Painting

Week 4: Reflected Light
Shadows on horizontal and vertical surfaces
Reflections on windows

Week 5: Lost and Found Edges
Appropriate use of soft and hard edges


*Watercolor paint in small (5ml) tubes, professional grade, not student grade   Winsor & Newton or Daniel Smith are good brands to buy. Colors needed: Alizarine Crimson, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Sap Green, Pthalo Green (also called Thalo Green or Winsor Green)

*Watercolor brushes: Synthetic; Round #2, #5 or 6, #10 or 12, Liner or Rigger #1

*Watercolor palette: Plastic, medium size, with a cover that can be used as a mixing area

*Watercolor paper: Arches 140 lb. cold press in 3 single sheets or a block of  Arches watercolor paper

*A Masonite board to fasten paper to (If you buy a block of watercolor paper, this board is not necessary.)

*Masking tape to fasten paper down on the Masonite board (If you buy a block of watercolor paper, this tape is not necessary)

*A pencil with a #2 lead

*A small kneaded eraser

*A small new rectangular kitchen sponge (this is to blot your brush on, not to paint with)

*A roll of white Viva paper towels (this brand doesn’t have a print or quilted pattern on it)

*Two cottage cheese size cartons to use as water containers

*A large tote bag to carry your gear

*Reference photos for paintings you might like to do

I like to buy supplies locally: Three Crafty Ladies, a shop on Sanibel Island (1628 Periwinkle Way, 239-472-2893), carries watercolor paint, paper, and brushes. Tell them my name as instructor and they will know exactly what I have specified that you will need. If art supplies are not available near where you live, I have registered this list with Cheap Joe’s Art Supplies (a catalog/online store, www.cheapjoes.com; 1-800-227-2788). Give them my name as instructor and they will know exactly what I have specified that you will need.

I suggest buying your supplies as soon as you register for the class to allow for any backorder situations. Please call me (231-818-6365) if you have questions about this list or about using supplies you might already have.


Mary Lou Peters has been painting in watercolors for 27 years and keeping an illustrated journal for nearly that long. She has taught children and adults, beginners through advanced levels, for the past 7 years. Her style can be loose or detailed, and she likes to use rich, vibrant colors that bring to mind the feel of Sanibel. Her work may be viewed at www.maryloupeters.com.