Basics of Traditional Watercolor


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***All in person course registration is limited to maintain proper social distancing. All participants will be required to follow Appalachian State's "Return to Campus" protocols which includes always wearing a mask while indoors. In the event that Appalachian State University classes move fully online, all in person Craft Enrichment courses will be cancelled and participants will be provided a prorated refund. 

This class is designed for beginning watercolorists with no experience. 

It will list and explain the basic elements of painting, the various ways to apply the paint for different effects, drawing exercises, use of color, understanding value, creating texture and the opportunity to complete two finished paintings.

It is strongly suggested that students have drawing ability. This Is a painting class, not a drawing class.

Classes will consist of lecture time, demonstrations and working on the day’s project.

Check out these Youtube Links of Monica's work.

Course Format

This class will meet in person in Edwin Duncan Hall room 315.


The following materials must be purchased by the beginning of the term on September 19, 2021.

Traditional watercolor classes:

  • Paint – Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor set (set of 12) - $24.19
  • Brushes – in addition to the brush provided in the watercolor set above, you should also have:
    • Artist paint brushes-superior sable hair brush set (set of 6) (available through Amazon Prime which will deliver quickly)$19.99
    • Cheap Joes’ Mottler brush, 1”, $6.79 (this is a sale price effective until Oct. 11) 1
  • Black Sharpie marker, fine point, Hobby Lobby, $$1.99 (PACK OF 2)
  • General’s 2b pencil and Grum eraser (Hobby Lobby)
  • Gator board, 13x20”, $17.99
  • 2 sheets arches cold press watercolor paper, 22x30”, Cheap Joe’s $9.20 (While it seems expensive for one sheet of paper, do NOT buy watercolor paper in a pad. You’ll be able to cut the single sheets into smaller pieces to be used for class projects.)
  • Stapler with staples
  • Water container
  • Paper towels (1 roll)
  • Total cost of materials (not including tax and shipping): $64.16


730 Rivers Street

Room 315 Edwin Duncan Hall

After 5:00 parking is free in the open lots. Turn into the Peacock Lot and turn right toward the Appal Cart Bus station and Octagon Building (park in the surface lot, under the Octagon is restricted). Enter under the Octagon and take the stairs to the top floor.  Go through double doors and look for room 315. 

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Sunday, September 19, 2021 to Sunday, November 7, 2021
Sundays, 10:00-1:00pm
Delivery Method: 
In Person
Edwin Duncan 315

Registration Information

PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. Registration for each class is open until the class fills or until2 days before the class begins, whichever comes first. If you miss the registration for this session we hope you will consider taking this class the next time it is offered. Please contact Marissa Winkler at to be added to the mailing list if you would like to be notified when new classes are offered.

If you experience problems completing the registration, contact Marissa Winkler at 828-262-2930 or email

If you need accommodations due to a disability, contact the Office of Disability Services at least two weeks prior to the beginning of your Craft Enrichment class. (828) 262-3056

Cancellation Policy: You may cancel a craft class up to two weeks before the class begins, with a $30 cancellation fee assessed. No refunds are allowed within two weeks of the start date, nor after the class begins.

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