141-Winter Scene in Watercolor

Learn to paint a serene winter landscape with just a few pigments.  Then we'll paint a snow storm.  Techniques include wet in wet, soft edges/hard edges, positive & negative painting, and spattering.  Maybe we'll throw in a little salt for texture. 

Special Notes

All students must comply with the 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 Policies and Procedures.


BRUSHES - A good watercolor brush holds water and comes to a point. Sables are the best but expensive. My current favorite brand is Silver Black Velvet, a mix of squirrel and synthetic. Not expensive! For this workshop we’ll use:
  • Nos. 8, 10, 12 rounds.
  • 3/4 - 1” Oval or flat.
  • A no. 10 synthetic round. I use Loew Cornell.
  • A rigger brush, no. 6 or 8. Any brand.
  • Flat bristle brush, 1/2, 3/4 or 1”. Any brand.
PAPER – I use a 140 lb. Arches or Fabriano cold press. You can buy a 9 x 12” block, or buy a sheet and quarter it to 15 x 11”. (If you let me know ahead, I can have paper here for you at $1.50 per quarter sheet.) It’s also nice to get a small Canson Montval watercolor field book. Sometimes small paintings are better on less expensive paper. And it’s good for keeping notes.

PAINT – (Tube colors.) Good brands are Winsor & Newton, Holbein, Sennelier and Daniel Smith. If you’re new to watercolor, buy Cotman (Winsor & Newton student grade). Colors: Cadmium Yellow, Raw Sienna or Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Winsor (pthalo) Green. AND White Gouache.

MISCELLANEOUS – water spray bottle, small white butcher tray for mixing if your palette doesn’t have a mixing surface, a palette with a cover. I use this one: a Martin Universal Design Mijello Airtight LeakProof Palette.

Best to buy online from Dick Blick or another online outlet.

About the Instructor

Doris Ettlinger

A graduate of RISD and the University of Wisconsin - Madison; teacher/coach of the Musconetcong Watercolor Group in Hampton NJ. She has illustrated 40 picture books for children. Her books feature a sensitive drawing style and skillful watercolor technique. Doris's work has been included in the 2024 International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society.  Please visit:  www.dorisettlinger.com to link to her social media, YouTube and Etsy shop.  


Class Details

February 16 - February 16, 09:30 am - 02:30 pm

Days: Friday

Tuition: $120

Member Tuition: $95

Location: The Center for Contemporary Art

Semester: Winter 2024

Level: Adult

Instructor: Doris Ettlinger