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Intermediate Watercolor with Robert Leedy - (3 hour sessions - 6 Classes)

Intermediate Watercolor Painting
Robert Leedy - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Mondays, September 17, 24, & October 1, 8, 15, 22   
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 continuing 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.


If you paint with watercolors on a regular basis, you most likely have all of the supplies necessary and you can make do with what you have. If you are purchasing watercolor materials for the first time and have a sense that you will continue with the medium, I encourage you to purchase good quality pigments, brushes and paper.

Watercolor Paints

 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. Purchase watercolors in 15 ml or 5 ml tubes which are preferred over pan pigments or tin sets. I recommend professional grade watercolors by Winsor Newton, Holbein, Da Vinci, Golden Qor or Daniel Smith. (*indicates essential colors)

Naples Yellow
*Aureolin Yellow, Lemon Yellow or Winsor Yellow
Cadmium Yellow
Yellow Ochre
Cadmium Orange
*Cadmium Red
*Burnt Sienna or Quinacridone Gold
*Alizarin Crimson or Carmine
Opera (Holbein)
Imperial Purple, Winsor Violet or Permanent Violet
*Ultramarine Blue or French Ultramarine
*Cerulean Blue
*Phthalocyanine Blue BS, Winsor Blue, or Peacock Blue
*Cobalt Blue
Leaf Green
*Sap Green or Olive Green
*Phthalocyanine Green GS, Winsor Green or Viridian
*Burnt Umber
Lunar Black (Daniel Smith)

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. Jones, Stephen Quiller, Robert E. Wood or Richeson are good brands. A butcher tray (found in art supply stores) is also good.


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.

Here is a good assortment:
#4 Round
#8 Round
#12 Round
1” Flat

Watercolor Paper

Purchase either watercolor blocks or single sheets of watercolor paper (if the latter, you will need a support and tape or clips – see below). You can also use watercolor sketchbooks or pads.

In any case, you will need to work on 140 lb. Cold Press paper.  300 lb. Cold Pressis also good but expensive - it is much more forgiving and does not buckle unstretched. 90 lb. paper or student grade paper is acceptable but it is of inferior quality and may affect your painting.

Watercolor blocks are convenient because it is not necessary to tape or stretch to a board. They are also handy for travel or plein air painting. 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.


#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.)
Pencil sharpener
Kneaded eraser  - this is the best eraser for watercolor paper.
A 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.
A large, natural sponge – kitchen sponges won’t do. A MUST HAVE!

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

 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

An iPad or iPhone or digital camera – certainly not a requirement though if you have one, it is a great tool as viewfinder and camera for recording subject matter.

Viewfinder – very helpful while composing and drawing. You can also make one by cutting a rectangle into something like matboard – just be sure to make it proportional to the dimensions of the paper you are painting on!

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.

Palette Knife or pocketknife with a large, rounded blade

Contact Robert Leedy @ (904) 401-2904 or 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.