This class will cover all aspects of watercolor painting – technique, composition, color, spontaneity and control. Each session will start out with a demonstration of different techniques based on reference material provided by the instructor. Subject matter will lean to Northwest themes, landscapes, seascapes, leaves and floral designs. The goal is to explore the medium and have fun with its wonderful unpredictability. The student will gain confidence with the medium in a friendly, supportive environment. A different subject will be presented every week based on reference material provided by the instructor. Suitable for beginners with some painting experience and intermediate.

Deborah Haggman

AGES: Adults and Teens 16+

6-Week Course
Wednesdays | March 29 – May 3
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

MEMBERS: $121.50
NON-MEMBERS: $135.00

Materials list available at the Gallery Shop at the Jansen Art Center.

1. Brushes:

  • 1” flat – good for washes, ½” flat
  • #4, #6, #10, #12 round with good points
  • Optional: #24 or 30 round (holds lots of water) recommend Black Gold by Daniel Smith
  • Optional: #3 rigger or #2 round for fine detail
  • Optional: Daniel Smith Cat’s tongue – comes 1/2″ and 3/4″

2. Paper:

  • 140 lb. Cold press (Arches is good all-purpose or Fabriano Artistico).
  • Watercolor blocks are handy for bringing back and forth to class.

3. Water-resistant board or Gatorboard – 11” x 14” is a good size. Important thing is to have the board larger than the paper on which you’re working.

4. Artists’ or masking tape for securing paper to board when painting

5. Plastic lidded palate with a minimum of 12 color wells

6. Watercolor paint in tubes (Daniel Smith or Winsor Newton are good quality). I highly recommend using only “artist grade” paints. Please don’t buy “sets” of watercolor paints. You will get a lot of colors that you won’t use and usually these paints are of inferior quality. If cost is an issue, buy 3 tubes of good paint in primary colors, for example: one tube each of Winsor Red, Winsor Yellow and Winsor Blue made by Winsor Newton or Daniel Smith Perylene Red, Hansa Yellow and Phthalo Blue.

Suggested palette:

  • Winsor Red
  • Quinacrodone Rose
  • Winsor Yellow
  • Cobalt Blue
  • French Ultramarine Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Quinacradone Gold
  • Antwerp or phthalo Blue
  • Burnt Sienna (Winsor Newton only)


  • Winsor Blue
  • Winsor Newton Indigo
  • Perelene Green
  • Cadmium Red
  • Raw Sienna or Yellow Ochre

7. Water container

8. A drawing pencil, pencil sharpener, paper towels and “kleenex,” kneaded eraser or plastic eraser. An old towel

9. Spray bottle

10. Small bottle of masking fluid, Pebeo or Windsor Newton

11. Graphite paper for transferring your images (Saral brand)


  • Week 1
    March 29, 2017
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Week 2
    April 5, 2017
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Week 3
    April 12, 2017
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Week 4
    April 19, 2017
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Week 5
    April 26, 2017
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Week 6
    May 3, 2017
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


321 Front St, Lynden, Washington, 98264, United States


The Fine Art & Painting Studio at the Jansen Art Center is located at the SE corner of the 2nd Floor: