Introduction to Watercolor

Many painting experts believe that learning the techniques of watercolor as a foundation to painting can give students much deeper understanding when working with opaque oil or acrylic paints. This high school level watercolor class is specifically tailored to meet the needs of teen artists, with the mindset that watercolor can be both an extension of drawing and a foundation for other painting mediums. Students will learn essential skills needed to gain a full understanding of watercolor painting, including control and familiarity with the medium. Students will learn traditional and non-traditional approaches to watercolor painting, including how to transfer an existing drawing onto the base for a painting and how to execute washes and blends. Traditional techniques such as wet on wet, wet on dry, and dry brush will be demonstrated, as well as experimental techniques such as mono print transfer; stamping; salting; splattering; and stenciling. Class time will be spent on demonstrations, lecture, studio time, and critique. / Open to students ages 15–18. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions. / View complete policies here.

Prerequisite: Previous drawing and painting experience helpful, but not required. What to bring: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook; set of 14 color or more Angora Watercolors; set of 12 or more watercolor pencils; basic set of 3 or more student grade watercolor brushes; 3 sheets of 18 x 24" white watercolor paper or 9 x 12” (or larger) pad of watercolor paper. A complete list of suggested materials will be discussed during the first class meeting.

What to wear: Clothes appropriate for messy creativity and wet media.

Please Register Before: July 10

If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Class Savings: Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).

Questions? Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

CST 9503 SU19
Date Start: 
Monday, July 15, 2019
Date End: 
Friday, July 19, 2019
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Main Building, Room 430
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 15–18
Days of Week: 
Summer Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18
Drawing and Painting
Previous drawing and painting experience helpful, but not required.