Earth Elements for Intermediate Watercolor



This class is designed for students wishing to move beyond the rudimentary basics of transparent watercolor. The inspiration for the paintings done in these classes will be the 4 elements of earth (earth, wind, water and fire). Students will be working with the wet-on-wet technique. Classes will include lecture, demonstration, meditation, music, readings and critique from which students will draw inspiration.  

The goal is to complete 4 paintings by the end of the 5 week session. Students will be expected to continue working on their paintings after critique (if necessary) at home or during class. There will be homework assignments to be critiqued at the beginning of each class.

 A review of materials and techniques will take place during the first class session.

 Level of ability: Intermediate


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

Materials list 

  • DaVinci watercolor set - mixing set of 6
  • Brushes
  • Palette - Cheap Joes piggy back covered palette  $31.39
  • American Journey Misting water bottle- $4.29
  • Pebeo drawing gum (blue tint) 45 ml bottle- $6.49
  • Guerilla painter comoosition finder
  • Xacto knife #1- $35.99
  • Xacto knife blades-#11
  • Water container
  • Paper towels or rags
  • Arches bright white 140lb cold press watercolor paper– 2 sheets- $10.97 each
  • Don Rankin’s Magic Value and View Finder $14.99

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


IG Greer 116

After 5:00 parking is free in the open lots. The nearest parking to IG Greer is by the steam plant, tennis courts and Durham Park along University Dr.

Interactive Map of Campus


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, June 3, 2023 to Saturday, July 1, 2023
Saturdays, 9:00am-12:00pm
Delivery Method: 
In Person
IG Greer 116

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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