Beginner Watercolor



This class is designed for students who have never painted with watercolors before. It will cover a description of and demonstration of the basic materials and techniques, as well as the important elements of painting, such as structure, composition, and color theory. The end goal of the class is to complete at least two full paintings.

Classes will incorporate lecture/demonstration time as well as studio time.

No experience is necessary, although a rudimentary ability to draw is very important.


The following materials are available at Cheap Joe’ s Art Supplies in Boone. Students receive a 10% discount.

  • Paint -  Cotman compact set  $26.09
  • Paper - Arches 140 lb. cp sheet (2)  $21.94 (sheets will be cut down as needed)
  • Brushes – 
    • Cheap joe’s white synthetic  flats (set of 3) $16.09
    • Real value (Princeton) rounds, set of 5  $13.39
  • Gatorboard, small  $12.39
  • Stapler and staples
  • Kimberly graphite 2b pencil  $1.49
  • Gum eraser
  • Fineline masking fluid pen and refill  $8.19
  • Cheap Joe’s masking fluid pick up  $2,19
  • Palette  Cheap Joe’s Workhorse covered palette  $35.99
  • Paper towels
  • Water container
  • Reference photos of subjects you’re interested in painting

If any of the materials are unavailable at the Boone location of cheap joes art stuff, you might try their website:



730 Rivers Street

Edwin Duncan Hall Room 329

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 Buidling. Enter under the Octagon and take the stairs to the top floor.  Go through double doors, turn left and look for room 329. 

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Course schedule subject to change for in-person offerings.

***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. 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.

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Saturday, February 4, 2023 to Saturday, March 18, 2023
Saturdays, 9:00am-12:00pm
Delivery Method: 
In Person
Edwin Duncan 329

Registration Information

PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. Registration for each class is open until the class fills or until 2 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 Kyndall Bennett 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 Kyndall Bennett at 828-262-2744 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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