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Watercolor Painting (Beginner/Intermediate)

92nd Street Y

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Wed, Nov 07, 7:00pm - Dec 19, 9:30pm (6 sessions)

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Upper East Side, Manhattan
1395 Lexington Ave
At 92nd St
New York, New York 10128
Venue: S370,3rd Fl, S Bldg. No class on Nov. 21, 2018
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Allison Maletz

What you'll learn in this watercolor class:

Explore watercolor’s unique properties through direct observation of still life and the figure. Learn methods of paint application, color formation and visual representation.

One Semester of Basic Drawing is highly recommended.


Q: Can I make up a class if I miss one? 
A: No, make-up classes are not allowed since other classes may be full. Further, instructors are paid based on the number of students within their own classes, so attending a class outside your own is not allowed.

Q: Are materials provided and included in cost of the class?
A: No. Materials you need to bring to class are:

For Wennie Huang’s Class

Watercolor Paints: (Liquid in Tubes or Pan/Cake in a kit)
Recommended colors: 
  • alizarin crimson 
  • ultramarine blue 
  • cerulean blue 
  • cadmium red light 
  • Burnt sienna 
  • sap green
  • cadmium yellow light 
  • raw sienna 
  • #6 or #8 Red Sable watercolor round w/good tip 
  • #10 or #12 Sable watercolor round w/good tip 
  • ¾” - 1" watercolor flat - sable or synthetic, cheapest brand I have found for sable is Utrecht's own brand w/dark red handle - pure sable! 
  • Arches watercolor paper block, 140 lb. /20 sheets -COLD PRESS, 9 x 12 inches or 10 x 13/14 inches (GREEN COVER) 
  • White enamel metal palette (butcher’s tray) for mixing liquid paints or the white mixing surface that comes with your paint kitNO plastic circular palettes and any palettes which are not white 
Additional Supplies: 
  • Paper towels or Kleenex for blotting 
  • Two small empty containers for holding water 
  • Thin artist or MASKING tape 
  • Pencils 2H or HB 
  • Eraser 
  • Viewfinder (handmade is fine - I will have some on hand, too) 
  • Straight-edge - triangle or ruler - the viewfinder edge can work, too 
For Allison Maletz’s Class
  • 1 Pad of Paper (Cold press, 140 lb (300 gsm), 11 x14, 12 sheets.) Great Cheap Papers: Canson Montval, or Strathmore Series 300 or 400. Other great papers: Arches, Fabriano (100% cotton), Saunders. * Avoid "Borden & Riley Vellum" and "Canson XL" and Fabriano (25% cotton)” watercolor paper brands- They are very frustrating to work with. 
  • Hard Pencil (HB or 2H) 
  • Kneaded Eraser 
  • Tray/Pallet - A metal travel palette with a lid and at least 12 wells for different colors. 
  • A range of Watercolor Brush Sizes varying from round and flat: 0 round, 4 or 6 flat, 10 round, 20 Flat, for example (you will know them from oil brushes because the bristles on water-based brushes are very soft to the touch.) 
  • 1 water container, a plastic cup or coffee tin (anything out of the recycle bin will do.) 
  • Watercolor paint tubes. I would recommend buying a box of 8-15 small tubes of all the basic colors. ***At the very minimum you must have primary colors: Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Lamp Black, and Burnt Umber. (No White, Naples Yellow, or “Flesh Tint”) It is recommend to open  the tubes of paint in the store to make sure the colors look "primary" aka, that the red is really RED and not an orangey red, etc. *Avoid Reeves and Michaels Brand Paints.
  • Kitchen Paper towels 
  • 1 pen-like Xacto Knife. 
*Additional supplies may be recommended by the instructor on the first day of class.

For Bonnie Steinsnyder’s Class
  • Sketch book, 9”x12”  
  • 140 lb cold press Arches watercolor block 9” x 12” or
    larger 140 lb cold press 
  • Strathmore 300 series 9” x 12” (inexpensive paper for
  • White plastic palettes, covered or foldable 
  • Brush sizes #6 (small brush), #10 (medium brush) (I
    like Sceptre Gold sable/synthetic brushes made by
    Winsor Newton) , 1” flat brush, and a small flat
    inexpensive synthetic brush for lifts. 
  • Paper towels (Bounty or Viva) 
  • 2B or HB pencils 
  • Kneaded eraser 
  • Small natural sponge 
  • Masking tape (neutral color) 
  • Small pallet knife 
  • Plastic water container 
  • Heavy cardboard or plexiglass just a bit bigger than
    the paper you use (secure loose paper by taping to
  • Masking fluid + cheap brush (optional) 
  • White china marker—wax pencil (optional) 
Watercolor paint tubes
  • All professional lines of watercolor are okay but I often use Winsor Newton, Schminke, Holbein, Rembrandt. Cotman and Academy are acceptable student paints but it is easier to work with the good pro paint. It has less filler so it lasts longer, too. Avoid Reeves paint or children’s pan sets.

    Cadmium yellow medium, Winsor Yellow (from Winsor Newton), Alizarine Crimson, Winsor Red (from Winsor Newton), Winsor Blue red shade, Ultramarine Blue, Winsor Green (from Winsor Newton), Sap Green (the best one is from Schminke), Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, Quinacridone Magenta. Winsor Newton Payne’s Gray is optional. 

    NO black or white to start with. 
For Carla Aurich’s Class
  • 140 lb. Cold Press -- 10" x14" (or thereabouts)
    watercolor block 
  • 11 x 14 and smaller blocks and pads (various sizes) 
  • Palettes, porcelain or enameled metal are
    recommended, 10 wells/depressions with ample flat
    surface area for mixing colors. 
  • Plastic water container 
  • Small palette knife 
  • Sketch book 
  • Paper towels (Bounty) 
  • Small sponge 
  • Masking tape 
  • Pencil and eraser 
  • Small mat knife 
Brush Sizes: 
  • round brushes #10, #8, #4, 
  • flat wash brush ½” or 1”) 
Recommended brands: Winsor-Newton & Lowe-Cornell for
sable/synthetic blends brushes.

Watercolor paint tubes 
  • Aurelian Yellow
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Cadmium yellow
  • Alizarin crimson
  • Cadmium red light & medium
  • Magenta
  • Phalo or Viridian green
  • Cerulean blue
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Raw umber
  • Yellow orche
  • Burnt sienna
  • Paynes Grey
small tubes of artist gade Winsor-Newton,
Holbein, Schminke or Old Holland. Please avoid colors called
"tint" or "hue".

Suggested Art Supply Stores:
  • Blick Art Materials, 1-5 Bond St. (East of Broadway), 212 533-2444
  • Lee’s Art Shop, 220 West 57th St.(between 7th & 8th Aves.) 212 247-0110
  • New York Central, 62 Third Ave. (near 10th St.) 212 473-7705
  • Pearl Paint, 308 Canal St. 212 431-7932 
  • Utrecht Art Supply, 111 Fourth Ave. (between 11th & 12th St.) 212 777-5353

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Refund Policies:

92nd Street Y is not responsible for providing makeup classes or issuing refunds for programs missed as a result of illness, emergencies or other events beyond our control.

There are no refunds for outings, classes or workshops that meet fewer than three times per semester.

If you are unable to attend, you may contact Customer Service prior to the first date for a receipt that enables you to claim your contribution as a tax-deductible gift.

Unless otherwise noted in program description, the following schedule applies to programs which meet three times or more per semester:
  • To receive a 100% refund, written request must be received 2 weeks prior to the first session.
  • To receive a 75% refund, written request must be received at least one day prior to the first session.
  • To receive a 50% refund, written request must be received at least one day prior to the second session.
  • After that, refunds cannot be granted.
All refund requests must be submitted in writing to Customer Service. Refunds are computed from the date written notice is received.

To receive a refund, you must enclose the original of your confirmation letter.

Please allow three to four weeks for processing of your refund request. Processing fees, membership fees, auditions fees and class or exercise cards are not refundable. No cash refunds.


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7:00pm - 9:30pm Allison Maletz 6 $296
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Wed, Nov 14 7:00pm - 9:30pm Allison Maletz
Wed, Nov 28 7:00pm - 9:30pm Allison Maletz
Wed, Dec 05 7:00pm - 9:30pm Allison Maletz
Wed, Dec 12 7:00pm - 9:30pm Allison Maletz
Wed, Dec 19 7:00pm - 9:30pm Allison Maletz
10:30am - 1:00pm Eva Nikolova 5 $242
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sun, Nov 18 10:30am - 1:00pm Eva Nikolova
Sun, Dec 02 10:30am - 1:00pm Eva Nikolova
Sun, Dec 09 10:30am - 1:00pm Eva Nikolova
Sun, Dec 16 10:30am - 1:00pm Eva Nikolova

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