Secrets of Watercolor Still Life Painting with Jeanne Potter

Still Life Patterns, Watercolor 7 3/4” x 10 1/4”

Explore the poetic beauty of watercolor still life.  Learn to create strong watercolor paintings of still life subjects and develop a painting aesthetic with an emphasis on composition, effective shadows and light and how they relate to color.  The course will begin with a painting in black and white to instill a strong sense of value and composition before moving on to color.  The fundamentals of color mixing, ratio of pigment to water and glazing techniques will be covered as well as in-class demonstrations.  Students will be encouraged to develop a personal style and approach to watercolor painting as it applies to still life.

Floral Reflections, Watercolor 8 3/8” x 10 5/8”

Supply List for Watercolor Still Life

  • Paper:  4 Sheets Arches 140 lb 22” x 30” Cold (semi-rough) or Hot (smooth) Press or a combination of - will cut to size in class. (OR Fabriano 140 lb. Cold Press Pad of 50 sheets 11” x 14” available at Jerry’s Art Arama)
  • Watercolor Brushes:  #12 & #8 Round Sable or Sable Synthetic Blend and a small brush for detail. (Optional: ½” or 1” Flat; Isabey Siberian Blue Squirrel Quill Mop #2, or #5 – available at
  • Paints:  Winsor Newton preferred (or Cotman if too pricy to purchase Winsor Newton)
  • Small tubes:  Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, French Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Permanent Sap Green, Permanent Green #1 (made by Holbein), Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Black (Lamp or Ivory) (*More Affordable Option:  Pelikan Transparent Watercolor Pan Set of 12 – available through )
  • Palette:  Enameled white ‘Butcher’s Tray Palette’ 11” x 15” (available at Jerry’s Art Arama) (Not needed if you choose the Pelikan Pan Set, only for tube paints)
  • Masonite Sketch board 15” x 16” (available at
  • Scotch White Paper Tape ¾” (available at Staples and Office Express in Old Lyme)
  • Pencils:  HB and 2B
  • Eraser:  Kneaded eraser only
  • Clear, transparent glass jar with lid
  • Bounty paper towels
  • Small spiral bound sketchbook (Suggestion: Strathmore 100 sheets 5 ½” x 8 ½” available at Jerry’s Art Arama)

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All materials and supplies are available for purchase at our campus Art Store. For more information about hours visit:

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