153-Watercolor Pouring

Learn how to pour transparent watercolors directly onto paper to create luminous color, creating a glow that is hard to duplicate with a brush. The instructor will show you step-by-step how enjoyable it is to pour watercolor, by demonstration and with hands-on lessons. Students will pour the backgrounds, the lights and medium values, and paint the darks.

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.

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


Masking Fluid/brush for mask, sponge for texture, bigger brush to wet paper, spray bottle
Watercolor tubes: Yellow (Aureolin), Red (Permanent Rose), Blue (Phthalo)
Plastic cups
Brushes to mix paint with
Some kind of tub to catch water or dot it over the sink
Paper towels
Hair dryer
Cups of water

In addition to your watercolor supplies, please bring:
• Masking Fluid/brush for mask, bigger brush to wet paper, spray bottle
• Watercolor tubes: Yellow (Aureolin), Red (Permanent Rose), Blue (Phthalo)
• Plastic cups at least 3, clear is best
• 3 Brushes to mix paint with
• Some kind of tub to catch water, aluminum tin (big enough for a small turkey to fit) works well
• Paper towels
• Hair dryer
• Cups of water
• A sheet of watercolor paper cut to smaller pieces 11X14 smaller than the foam board (No watercolor blocks)
• A white foam-board (no bigger than 12X20 inches) to tape your watercolor paper to, it is light and withstands the water excellently
• Masking tape

If you have any questions contact Lena at [email protected].

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

March 10 - March 10, 10:30 am - 01:30 pm

Days: Sunday

Tuition: $85

Member Tuition: $60

Location: The Center for Contemporary Art

Semester: Winter 2024

Level: Adult-Intermediate

Instructor: Lena Shiffman

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