108-Morning Watercolor-IN PERSON

Enjoy the wonderful world of watercolor in this fun and relaxed class. Working from still life subjects and photographs, students learn basic and advanced techniques of watercolor, including washes, glazing and controlling edges, underscoring the importance of saving the light in translucent watercolor. Students are invited to work at their own level with guidance from the instructor.

Note: This is the IN-STUDIO component of a hybrid class. There will be students participating IN-STUDIO concurrently with students participating ONLINE via Zoom

Special Notes

Note on Health & Safety Policy:

The Center has updated its Health and Safety Policies and Procedures related to COVID-19. As of  August 22, 2022, vaccinations are suggested but not required. Mask wearing is suggested but not required. 

All students must comply with the Health and Safety Policies and Procedures found on The Center's website. There will be no refunds for students removed from class for failure to observe The Center’s Health and Safety Policies and Procedures.

In the event of a closure due to the COVID-19 virus, this class will move online using ZOOM. There will be no refunds or credits for classes that were scheduled to take place on-site but were moved to an online format for health and safety purposes.


WATERCOLOR PAINTS – tubes or pans (approx. 7.5 or 15 ml)- Da Vinci, Grumbacher or Winsor-Newton are good choices
- professional grade or student grade: – Grumbacher (Academy) or Winsor-Newton (Cotman).
Professional grade paints are better quality and therefore, more expensive so buy what you can afford.
Cadmium Red Veridian Alizarin Crimson Sap Green Cadmium Yellow Yellow Ochre Lemon Yellow Burnt Umber Ultramarine Blue Burnt Sienna Cerulean Blue Payne’s Gray

WATERCOLOR PAPER - (pad or loose sheets are fine). Michael’s has a pad with mixed textures and weight. If you choose sheets, cold pressed is best to start with – use the brand Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper – size of sheet 22"x30" - that can be cut into fourths, giving you four sheets to paint on (11”x15” each).

WATERCOLOR BRUSHES - Rounds: #12, #8, #4, #2 (or something close to those sizes) and a Flat: 1"

A BACKING FOR YOUR WATERCOLOR PAPER - 1” larger than the paper size. For a 11”x15” sheet of watercolor paper, a 12”x16” board would be fine (foam board is good or gatorboard, masonite or a drawing board)

Box of tissues or paper towels
Containers for water – 2 plastic deli type work good
Large plastic watercolor palette with cover – (comes with different compartments for paints and mixing area)
Blue masking tape
HB pencil
kneaded eraser

About the Instructor

Lena Shiffman

A well published children's book illustrator; attended Spectrum Institute of Commercial Art in NJ; studied at The Parsons School of Design and the Art Students League NYC; member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and of the Rutgers University Children's Book Council.


Class Details

January 31 - March 21, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Days: Tuesday

Tuition: $265

Member Tuition: N/A

Location: The Center for Contemporary Art

Semester: Winter 2023

Level: Adult-All Levels

Instructor: Lena Shiffman