Saturday, September 30, 2023

9:00 am – 4:00pm at the Anderson Arts Center

Open to all levels

$175 members/$185 non-members

This workshop includes discussions about supplies and techniques Dale uses for painting with watercolors. Dale will do a painting demonstration to share his approach to designing a watercolor painting using the elements of intent, composition, values, and color. His one-on-one instruction meets you where you are in your watercolor journey. As each person works 


Everyone has or will develop a favorite brand of supplies and colors. For this workshop, if you already have supplies, bring what you are using. If you need to purchase supplies, I have listed what I am currently using and/ or my personal preference. The one supply I strongly suggest is a high quality 100% cotton, acid-free watercolor paper. The quality of paper is critical to having a successful experience with watercolors. I would suggest starting with a 140 lb cold press surface. 

Basic Supplies Provided:

  • Watercolor paper

  • Removable tape

  • A rigid backing surface to tape your paper

  • Watercolor paints

  • Brushes

  • Paint Palette
  • Container for water

  • Pencil and water

  • Paper towels

Dale’s Personal Supply List:

  • Watercolor paper

    • Arches (300 lb. hot press)/140 lb watercolor blocks (hot and cold press)
    • Fabriano (300 lb. hot press)
  • Brushes
    • Brands: Winsor & Newton, Silver Black Velvet, Generic fan and scrub brushes
    • 1/4” and 3/4” Flat
    • Wash brush
    • #4, #8, and #10 pointed rounds 
  • Watercolor Paint – There are many excellent watercolor brands on the market. My favorite brands are Winsor & Newton, M. Graham, and Daniel Smith. The pigment name and pigment composition differ across these brands. This list of paints are my core palette. Each bullet reflects the name of a comparable pigment name across these three brands.
    • Azo Yellow, Aureolin Yellow

    • Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, French Ochre

    • Burnt Sienna, Transparent Red Iron Oxide, Quinacridone Rust, Fire Gold Ochre

    • Winsor Red, Scarlet Pyrrol

    • Alizarin Crimson, Maroon Perylene

    • Perylene Violet, Quinacridone Purple

    • Ultramarine Blue

    • Cobalt Blue

    • Prussian Blue

    • Cerulean Blue

    • Winsor Green (blue shade), Phthlo Green, Ultramarine Turquoise

    • Sap Green

    • Deep Sap Green, Perylene Green

    • Raw Umber, Vandyke brown (wn)

    • Neutral Tint

    • Paynes Gray

Workshop Schedule

  • 9am – 9:15am: introductions

  • 9:15am – 10am: discussion – supplies, techniques, planning your painting (composition, values, edges)

  • 10am – 12pm: painting time / one-on-one instruction

  • 12pm – 1pm: Bring your own lunch – demo

  • 1pm – 3:30pm: painting time / one-on-one instruction

  • 3:30pm – 4pm: sharing of the days work and final thoughts

Pre-Class Assignment

Please give some thought to what you want to paint. Bring your reference sketches and photos. To maximize your workshop painting time, consider completing your sketches on your watercolor paper before the workshop. 


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