March 4, 2020

Spring Watercolor BIG and BOLD with Deborah Rubin

Spring Watercolor BIG and BOLD with Deborah Rubin

Date(s) - Wednesday, March 4, 2020
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Northampton Center for the Arts

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Learn techniques and theory to create wonderful colorful paintings. Techniques include dry brush, wet on wet, big brush and flat brush. Theory includes color, composition and more. Some demos, some critiques, and a lot of fun! All levels welcome. The emphasis is on “learning by doing,” so expect to jump in with paint immediately.

To register, email or call the Center at 413 584-7327. Please include your name, address, and telephone contact. Course fees are payable in advance by check to “NCFA” and can be mailed to the Northampton Center for the Arts, PO Box 366, Northampton MA 01061. We do not accept credit cards.

Classes are held in our lower level studio at 33 Hawley Street. Parking is free.


2 sheets of rough and 1 sheet of hot press watercolor paper. Note: Deborah has paper for sale.
8×10 or larger spiral watercolor pad (cheap is ok).

To hold 15 x 22 size paper
Masonite is best though corrugated cardboard and foamcore will do.

Please avoid cheap sets like Reeves, Maries, Sakura etc. They will create poor paintings. Tube paints only and please bring all the tubes to class. I’m nixing Winsor Newton Cotman tube colors which are the student grade paint – they’ve changed their color formulas and many colors aren’t accurate.
Stick to quality brands like Winsor Newton professional, Grumbacher, Da Vinci, Holbein, Schminke, Graham, Daniel Smith, Van Gogh. The catalogue stores/online like Dick Blick and Cheap Joe’s (American Journey) have their own brand which is very good and cheaper. Colors: any white, any black, ultramarine, pthalo blue, alizarin crimson, cadmium red (or hue or winsor red), cadmium yellow (or hue or Winsor yellow), and yellow ochre.

Good brushes – a combo of synthetic and natural- are essential. Poor brushes lose many hairs and flatten out when used which will frustrate the painter. So stay away from cheap sets. Rounds: Sizes #4 and #12. Flats: 1”. Also, a Japanese Hake brush at least 1 1/2” wide or a good natural bristle brush 1 1/2″. The hake brushes are very inexpensive…between $4 and $10. A good natural bristle brush can run $50.

Large rectangular palette with wells for at least 8 colors and large mixing areas.

Blue painters tape (like masking tape) from hardware store
Liquid mask (sometimes called frisket) non-permanent
White vinyl eraser
#2 pencil
Rubber cement pick-up
2 Water containers (deli containers, big yogurt container)

If you have problems finding everything, please get in touch with me. I have many items to sell and since I order frequently, I can put an order of something in for you as well. Unfortunately Winsor Newton Cotman seems to be the popular paint in Michaels and A.C. Moore. I’d rather have you order something else through Dick Blick, Jerry’s Artarama, Cheap Joes, or ASW Express, than buy paint that will frustrate you!

Any questions, email Deborah: or cell: 1-413-253-7922