"If you hear a voice within you say: ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent van Gogh
Looking to release that inner artist or just discover the stress relief of painting? This introductory watercolor course will explore materials, techniques and aspects of color theory to assist you in bringing unrealized ideas to life. The class is designed for those without any prior studio art experience. Those with experience are welcome to join in! Instructor Robert J Mazzaferro will use a combination of classical and contemporary approaches during the 4 classes.
Robert is currently an adjunct instructor for the Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division where he has worked since 2006. Robert studied fine arts with an emphasis in painting and drawing at Penn State (BFA) and Florida State (MFA). While at Penn State, Robert studied watercolor painting in Italy.
Space limited; Please register at the reference desk or call 412-531-1912 ext 209
Water Color Supply List (will cost about $20)
Greetings and thank you for your interest in painting! I have prepared a supply list that uses item numbers from the website for Utrecht Art. Here is the address and contact number for the local Utrecht: Utrecht Pittsburgh 1930 East Carson Street Pittsburgh 15203. Phone: (412) 432-1945 . For anyone who would like assistance selecting supplies, I can arrange to meet at Utrecht the Saturday before our first class. If you are interested, please contact me by text message at 724-994-6467 or email @ RMazzaferro@aii.edu (preferred). If you are going to another store, the list at the end will cover the basics. I have tried to keep this list to the bare minimum of materials. For those wanting to have a wider variety of options, an optional list is included. Check for student discounts!
5 sheets Blick Watercolor Paper, Student, 90 lb 15 x 22
MP Code #MP-10028-001 Item #10028-1028 - $0.47
Paint *All paint listed is Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor @ $2.77 Most brands will do, but make sure to get tubes not pans.
Cadmium Red Hue Watercolor MP Code #MP-00325-010 Item #00325-3541
Cobalt Blue Hue MP Code #MP-00325-022 Item #00325-5191
Phthalo Blue MP Code #MP-00325-030 Item #00325-5141 –
Cadmium Yellow Hue MP Code #MP-00325-015 Item #00325-4351
Utrecht Series 226 Camel Hair Brush for Watercolor Painting, Round size 1 ($1.96), size 6 ($2.87) and size 10 ($4.39)
MP Code #MP-09302-001 Item #09302-1001 -
Items you hopefully have around the house
Masking tape 1”-2” (Will need to purchase if you do not have any tape)
Palette: An old white glass plate will do – (Do not purchase unless you want something specific, we will use disposable plastic plates.)
Salt – a tablespoon will be plenty (Do not purchase)
Rubbing alcohol – hopefully this will be something we just share (Do not purchase)
2 containers for water – preferably with lids, old sauce jars work great! (Do not purchase, we will use plastic cups for anyone who does not have a container.)
Towel – safe to assume it will be stained by the paint, so old, torn towels work (Do not purchase)
Hair dryer (Do not purchase, we only need a couple for the entire class)
Board – slightly larger than your paper (You might want to get a drawing board, otherwise we will tape paper to the table.)
Blick Watercolor Paper, 140 lb 15 x 22 MP Code #MP-10008-001 $0.74
Optional paint colors – any you like! Here are a few recommendations: yellow ochre, raw sienna, burnt sienna, hookers green, sap green, paynes gray, ultramarine. With a good range of yellows, reds and blue we can mix most of the colors we need. Do not buy white, we will not use it.
Winsor & Newton Art Masking Fluid Removable Liquid Mask for Paper
MP Code #MP-00346-001 Item #00346-2004 - $9.75
Storage bin for brushes, paints and miscellaneous items.
Sketch board (make sure it is larger than your paper)
Brushes – a 1”-2” flat brush would be nice, camel hair is reasonably priced and works well.
Apron or smock
Anything you want to try!
The basics for those checking other stores:
(5 sheets) Paper 15X22, Round brush (small 0, 1 or 2 and medium 6, 7 or 8), flat brush (large size, 1” will do), paint (red, blue and yellow), and masking tape. Please review the rest of the list for other items you may want to consider.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Email (email@example.com) is the best option. Texts (724-994-6467) are ok, but it might take longer for me to get back to you. I rarely answer phone calls outside of my office hours, which change week to week. I answer emails at least once everyday when classes are in session. ~Robert Mazzaferro