Saturday, March 16, 2024. .  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Open to all levels  .  $120 members/ $130 non-members

This workshop includes discussions about supplies and techniques for painting with watercolors. There will be additional discussions about composition, values, and edges that will improve your approach to painting. Dale’s one-on-one instruction meets you where you are in your watercolor exploration. Class discussion about problems and discoveries encountered as each person works on their painting is encouraged. 


  • 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 by Dale Cochran

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

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

Everyone has or will develop a favorite brand of supplies and colors. If you already have supplies, bring what you are using. 

“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.”


  • watercolor paper

  • removable tape

  • a rigid backing surface to tape your paper on (foam core, cardboard, drawing board, etc)

  • watercolor paints

  • brushes

  • a container for water

  • pencil and eraser

  • paper towels 

MY PERSONAL SUPPLY LIST (For reference. You are not required to purchase any of these supplies.)


  • Arches (300 lb, hot press / 140 lb watercolor blocks, hot and cold press)

  • Fabriano (300 lb, hot press)


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 


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