Watercolor with Robert Leedy - (3hour sessions - 6 classes)

Watercolor Painting
Robert Leedy - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Mondays, March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3, 10
Cost: $195.00 (not including materials)

Watercolor with Robert Leedy

Watercolor is a fun and challenging medium! Join Robert Leedy to explore color mixtures, color mingling, design & composition, value structure, brush handling, glazing and more. This class is designed as an ongoing watercolor class for regular students though new students are also welcomed! Intermediate Level or better watercolor skills are recommended yet if you have equivalent skills in other painting mediums, you should be fine. Students will work from a still life in class or photographs supplied.  Individual instruction and pursuit of a personal style is encouraged.


Watercolor paints

If you already have a selection of watercolors, use what you have. Below is a good, basic selection of watercolor pigments. Purchase watercolors in 15 ml or 5 ml tubes not pan pigments or tin sets. I recommend professional grade watercolors by Winsor Newton, Golden QoR, Holbein, Da Vinci or Daniel Smith. Student grade paints are OK if you are on a budget but keep in mind they are inferior in quality and may affect your painting.

1.  Aureolin Yellow, Cobalt Yellow, Lemon Yellow, or Winsor Yellow
2. Cadmium Yellow
3. Yellow Ochre
4. Cadmium Orange or Bright Orange
5. Ultramarine Blue or French Ultramarine
6. Cadmium Red or Cadmium Red Deep
7. Burnt Sienna or Quinacridone Gold
8. Alizarin Crimson or Carmine
9. Imperial Purple or Cobalt Violet Deep
10. Cerulean Blue
11. Phthalo Blue BS, Winsor Blue, or Peacock Blue
12. Cobalt Blue
13. Sap Green
14. Phthalo Green GS, Winsor Green or Viridian
15. Burnt Umber

Plastic watercolor palette

A good plastic palette with separate wells for pigments and a roomy mixing area is also essential. Make sure there are as many wells as you have tubes of color. 


Sable hair brushes, especially Kollinsky sables are the best watercolor brushes made. They are truly wonderful brushes yet are also usually very expensive. Good brushes will do your painting a world of good but keep in mind that an expensive brush doesn’t always mean that it is a good one. As a relatively inexpensive alternative, look for good quality synthetic or synthetic blend brushes and make sure that the retailer suggests them specifically for watercolor. Robert Simmons’ line of watercolor brushes, Simply Simmons, are excellent brushes at a relatively low cost. For a little more money, the Loew Cornell 7020 Series brushes (red & black handles) are excellent.

Here is a good assortment:

#4 Round
#8 Round
#12 Round
 1” Flat

Watercolor paper

There are three ways to work: 1.) watercolor blocks; 2.) purchased single sheets taped or clipped to a support; or 3.) stretched paper onto a support (difficult if you have not done before.)

In any case, you will need to work on 140 lb. Cold Press paper. 300 lb. Cold Press is also good but is much more expensive - it is much more forgiving and does not buckle. Unstretched 140 lb. paper will buckle somewhat if you paint with a higher ratio of water to pigment.

Watercolor blocks are convenient because it is not necessary to tape or stretch to a board. They come in many sizes, weight and surfaces such as Hot Press, Cold Press and Rough. Make sure you are buying 140 lb. (300 gsm) COLD PRESS and nothing smaller than 10” x 14”. Common sizes are: 12” x 16”, 14” x 20” and 18”x 24”.

Quality is very important in respect to paper. I recommend manufacturers such as Fabriano, Arches, Winsor Newton, or Killimanjaro.


If you are not using watercolor blocks, you will need a large board (at least 2” larger – all the way around – than the size of the paper you are working on. large clips or tape for securing the paper are also necessary.


extras #2 pencil - (I use a mechanical pencil which is great for contour drawing and reducing the amount of lead on the paper; look for HB in .5 mm, .7 mm or .9 mm.)

Kneaded eraser

 Plastic container for water – Cottage cheese or Tupperware-like containers are good. A quart-sized plastic ice cream container is another good one.

Plastic spray bottle – for water; select one that has an adjustable nozzle. You will need this to reconstitute pigments after they dry.

A large, natural sponge – kitchen sponges won’t do! This is an essential item!

Frogtape – the green masking tape found in the paint department at Home Depot or Lowe’s. It is used for taping down the watercolor paper to the board OR delineating the picture area if you wish to do so. Not necessary if you are stretching paper.

Paper towels – for wiping and cleaning your palette as well as blotting large areas of paint. The Viva brand seems more suited for watercolor.

Kleenex - in small, travel packets; for blotting, picking up runaway paint and more subtle absorbency uses.

Optional supplies

Portable brush holder – to protect your investments! These can be the roll-up, placemat types or the folding kind with elastic straps for securing the brushes.

Hair dryer – to save time waiting for washes to dry. A multi-speed hair dryer works best.

Photographic equipment (also optional)

An iPad is a perfect accessory for this class. It certainly is not a requirement, though if you have one, it is a great tool as viewfinder and camera for recording subject matter. If you don’t have an iPad, a digital camera or smartphone camera will work. Also helpful is digital editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Express or iPhoto.

Contact Robert Leedy @ (904) 401-2904 or robertleedy@mac.com if you have any questions about supplies.



To reserve your space - Call 904-398-3161 ext.319

Class participants receive a "SPECIAL 25% DISCOUNT"
on all art supplies.