WATERCOLOR: The Method of Color

Plein Air Watercolor Painting at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, Newport, Rhode Island


The workshop includes four intensive days of painting watercolors from observation on location and in the studio with master artist David Dewey. The workshop begins each morning with a demonstration lecture by Mr. Dewey, which includes fundamental watercolor principles, on-location and studio watercolor painting methods, and Color, the primary focus of all of David Dewey’s teaching. Each day ends with a group discussion on each student’s watercolors.

Third Beach, 2004, watercolor, 27 x 39

For more information about the Norman Bird Sanctuary and the Paradise Farmhouse visit: http://normanbirdsanctuary.org/farmhouse


Complimentary continental breakfast served every morning from 8 - 9am at The Paradise Farmhouse at Norman Bird Sanctuary for all workshop participants. Box lunches will also be provided for all participants.  Dinners are responsibility of attendee.

Sachuest, 2003 watercolor, 27 1-2 x 39 1-2_3.jpg

Masterclass Watercolor Supplies


Aureolin; Cadmium Yellow; Yellow Ochre; Juane #2 (Holbein); Cadmium Orange; Cadmium Red; Permanent Rose; Shell Pink (Holbein); Permanent Magenta; Cobalt Violet; Burnt Sienna; Brown Matter; Winsor Blue (green tint); Cobalt Blue; Cerulean Blue; French Ultra. Blue; Verditer Blue (Holbein); Lavender (Holbein); Emerald Green or Cobalt Green; Permanent Green Light;


140 or 300 lb CP Arches- 14 x 20” Block (1), or 20 x 30” sheets
140 or 300 lb CP Fabriano- 20 x 30”
Strathmore 400 Series Sketchbook- 8 x 10” (for wc studies and notes)


#12 Round (2)

#10 Round (2)

1 inch flat and oval soft natural hair (ox or squirrel)

2 inch flat soft natural (dark ox hair)
Suggest Barrie (NY Central Supply)


Large Flat Surface Palette (plastic or metal)
Painting Board(cardboard or foam core)-for sheets only
Portable folding chair or Landscape easel
UV White Umbrella; Water Bottle and Holder
Paper clamps
Single edge razor and Knife
Natural and Domestic house hold sponge
#2B Pencil and White erasure
Small tissue packs

Please check out our other Spring offerings:

Spring Film Series
Spring Lectures Series
Adult Courses
Summer Workshop: Plein Air Painting with Mark Boedges