Class Description

Get a good understanding of the tools, materials and applications of watercolor. Learn how to apply paint to achieve the visuals that you are looking for and get instruction on how to best start your journey to utilizing watercolors to the fullest extent!

Class Dates

October 24 – October 31, 2020 (If you register for just the on demand classes, registration will be available through the end of the year)

Videos will be available Sat. 10/24/2020

Optional Zoom Dates (limited spots available – must register):

  • Sat. 10/24/20, 1pm-2:30pm – First Zoom meeting
  • Tues. 10/27/20, 7-8pm – Zoom check-in
  • Sat. 10/31/20, 1pm – 2:30pm – Final Zoom meeting

Materials List


Pick One or more, Sakura Koi is recommended but any of these will work fine for this class.

Masters Touch Set of 24 OR Sakura Koi Watercolors (Recommended) OR Masters Touch Watercolor Half Pan Set of 12 OR Camellia Student Watercolor Set


Canson XL Watercolor Pad (Any Size) OR Canson 300lb Cold Press Sheet

As well as Canson 140lb Hot Press Sheet

As well as Strathmore Cold Press Pad (Any Size)


Please make sure to purchase round brushes with soft bristles or you may have some difficulty with this class.

Fine Touch Brush Set Round (Synthetic Bristles Preferred)

Other Supplies

These will be explained during the project portions of the class.

  • An old cup for rinsing your brush
  • Salt
  • Tissues, toilet paper (LoL) or paper towels
  • Straw
  • Blow Drier (Not required)
  • White Crayon
  • Plastic wrap
  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Floral and/or Fruit photos (Anything on your phone is fine and anything printed is fine. It must have color)

About the Teaching Artist

Abby Butler has been painting with watercolors since 2009 and is always excited to share what she has learned about the medium. From landscapes to portraits to comic illustration, Abby has stretched and continues to stretch her artistic muscles to learn the most exciting ways to spread paint on paper.

Teaching artist’s website

Pay What You Can?

In the past, we’ve offered Art School as tuition-based programming ranging from $30-$260 depending on the class and were able to use this funding in part to support our free community-based programming. We’re fortunate this fall to have grant funding from New Mexico Arts and the City of Albuquerque to support paying our teaching artists to develop classes for our Art School program so we have opted to offer our classes to you following a pay-what-you-can. Attendees have been contributing between $5 and $150 for our classes. Anything that you are able to contribute is greatly appreciated and will be used to support Harwood’s programming which is all currently being offered to the community either for free or pay-what-you-can.

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