433-Beginner Watercolor

Learn to paint with watercolor - a medium known for its translucence and ability to portray light. This class will cover the materials and tools commonly used, basic techniques in painting with watercolor, and combine these skills to complete a finished painting. The materials list, will be discussed In depth during the first class. Please purchase the supplies on the links to either Dick Blick or Jerry’s Artarama prior to the first class. The materials list contains more information about these links. This class is ideal for those who have never painted with watercolors and those wanting a refresher of the basics.

This is the IN PERSON component of a hybrid class.  There will be virtual students concurrently attending the class.  

There is no class on 11/23.

Class Level: Adult and Teens 16+ (Beginner)

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.


Wendy Hallstrom Recommended supplies for getting started with watercolor.
Sources for purchase: Jerry's Artarama - jerrysartarama.com, store on Rte. 1 in Lawrenceville
Dick Blick - dickblick.com, store right off I-78 in Allentown, PA
Cheap Joe's - cheapjoes.com

To make it easier to purchase supplies, you can use one of these 2 links. Each list contains the basic supplies you need to get started. Feel free to use any supplies you already have at home. Duplicates are included for most items in case an item runs out. I’ve included comments about each item below to help with purchasing. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected] or call me at 908-713-1191. I am more than happy to help you out.

Link for the list on dickblick.com https://www.dickblick.com/lists/blicku/08HPXBLIVK64Z/items/
Link for the list on jerrysartarama.com http://email.jerrysartarama.com/c/ eJxNjc1uxCAMhJ8muTVybMLPgcMetu_hEKdQkbYCVHbfvuyt0sjfyLZmDu_CudKcPAIC IBpEIILlpu53sMODmxRsDizhW5cdFy6NC1-8hO9rjt6ch9aAVlnNpxjnwm4NOEVuW3m1 OGcfW_upE90mfB_qvSfUsqz_ k8ahyYcopSeasyptrH5TdIH0tchjxePMTYMSOfuCEiJ0tasrDE4AxwINch4mYvvM XLOtZWRrODj4pRfLX-8Ekde

If the link doesn’t work, click on the “Artist’s Resources” tab, choose “Find my Lists” under Students, enter Hallstrom in the search and my list should come up.

Plastic palette preferably with a lid. The palette is used for storing and mixing your paints. A large, open mixing area is ideal. To save money, you may use a plastic plates. Plastic is ideal because it is easy to clean and is lightweight.
Brushes - Two brushes are needed to start. The first is a flat wash brush, sometimes called a mop, 3/4" to 1" wide. The second is a round, sometimes called a pointed round, in size 10 or 12. Make sure the brushes are specified for watercolor. On the lists are brands I have tried and like.
Mounting board - any stiff surface for holding the paper flat during painting. An old cutting board, thin plywood, drawing board, or even foam board
Painters tape - the blue tape that house painters' use. You don’t need expensive artist’s tape.
Paper - 140 lb cold press watercolor paper - I recommend the Fabriano 25% cotton rag paper for beginners. If the 100% rag paper is on sale, go ahead and purchase some for later in the class.

Paint - A high quality student grade paint in tubes such as: Winsor Newton Cotman, Grumbacher Academy or Soho Urban Artist is recommended. Brands such as Artist’s Loft, or the paint that comes in the all-in-one kits is very poor quality and difficult to handle. Sometimes it is cheaper to purchase the paint in sets. As a minimum, I recommend the following colors: Cadmium yellow Cadmium red Alizarin crimson Ultramarine blue Cerulean blue Sap green Raw sienna OR yellow ocher (don’t need both) Burnt umber Violet (Winsor or dioxazine)

Optional, but nice to have:
Payne’s gray Burnt Umber
Pencil - HB or No. 2
Erasers- white polymer and kneaded
2 good size water cups - large yogurt containers are perfect
Toilet tissue - better than paper towels for blotting & lifting
Paper towels

Optional supplies: White candle for paint resist (old white taper is best - even a nub will be enough)
Masking fluid
Mr. Clean magic eraser

Notes on the paint sets on the purchase links:
Grumbacher 12 Paint Set If you purchase this set, please purchase 1 tube of violet, the 3/4” flat brush and the 10 of 12 round brush. The brushes in this kit are too small for the exercises we will be doing.
The palette provided is acceptable, but you should also use an additional plate or other flat plastic surface for an additional mixing area. Winsor & Newton Cotman 12 Paint Sets If you purchase either of these sets, please purchase 1 tube of violet, the 3/4” flat brush and the 10 of 12 round brush. The brushes in this kit are too small for the exercises we will be doing. One set includes a palette. This palette is acceptable, but you should also use an additional plate or other flat plastic surface for an additional mixing area.

About the Instructor

Wendy Hallstrom

Wendy is an instructor at Hunterdon Art Museum and the Center for Contemporary Art in western New Jersey, where she teaches both adults and children in various media. Wendy's primary mediums are watercolor and acrylics. She writes icons in egg tempera in the Russian tradition and contemporary icons in acrylic. Her work has been displayed in juried shows and is in several private collections. In addition to painting, Wendy has mastered the craft of Pysanky, Ukrainian egg decorating, and teaches this ancient technique throughout the Western NJ and Philadelphia region.


Class Details

November 09 - December 07, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Days: Thursday

Tuition: $155

Member Tuition: $130

Location: The Center for Contemporary Art

Semester: Fall 2023

Level: Adult (Beginner)

Instructor: Wendy Hallstrom