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Watercolor Still Life

Learn to bring everyday objects to life in vibrant watercolor compositions at the New York School of the Arts. Sharpen your observation skills while exploring pigments, layering techniques, and more. All levels of experience are welcome in this experimental and boundary-pushing class.

  • Level All levels
  • Age 18 and older
  • Price $380
  • Location Online Classroom
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Class Description


What you'll learn in this watercolor class:

This class will help you sharpen your observational skills, especially of the everyday objects around you as we will use what we have at home to create our compositions. We will work to develop an understanding of watercolor pigments, how they relate to watercolor with layering, wet on wet, gradation, mingling and other techniques. Experimentation, pushing the boundaries, is encouraged. There will be some demos, introduction to the work of some of the great watercolor artists, and critiques. All levels of experience are welcome.

Materials/Supplies Paints:  Recommend tube paints, artist’s quality Windsor & Newton, Holbein, or Schmincke Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Orange, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Rose, Indian Red

Optional colors: Lavender, Verditer Blue, Shell Pink, Jaune Brilliant 1 and/or 2

Brushes: #12 Round Optional: #10 Round and #14 Round.  Synthetic is fine, sable is best. 1” or larger flat wash brush (Utrecht Ox Hair)  Paper:  Sketch pad that can be used with watercolor. An Arches Pad or Block. You can choose from 10” X 14” to 16” X 20”.  Cold Press has texture or Hot Press which is smoother

Additional Items:  A large, plastic palette with a lid. John Pike suggested  Water container Pencil: 2B and kneaded eraser Paper Towels 1/2” masking tape Spray water bottle small These are suggested papers, paints, etc.  Feel free to add sizes and colors as you like.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

School Notes:

Please note, New York School of the Arts charges a $50 one-time registration fee for students who are new to their school. This is automatically added to the cost of your enrollment (and already included in the price listed on this course). If you are a returning student to NYSA, please let us know and we will refund you $50.

Refund Policy

Class Cancellation:

Classes and workshops are subject to cancellation if the minimum number of students required for a session is not met. Notification will be sent to registered students five days before the class is scheduled to begin.


To receive a refund, you must notify us in writing at [email protected]. There is a $20 administrative fee for each refund.

  • In order to receive a full refund, students must withdraw from a class or workshop fourteen (14) business days prior to the first day of classes.
  • Students withdrawing from a class and workshop during the week before the beginning of the quarter will receive a 70% refund as school credit if within fourteen (14) business days of the start of the class.
  • No refunds will be made after the second class without medical documentation and no refunds will be made after a workshop begins.
  • Ceasing to attend class without notifying the school does not constitute withdrawal from class.
  • Refunds are issued in the same form as payment. Refunds are issued within thirty days from request in the form of the same payment. Registration and service fees are non-refundable.


All transfers must occur before the second meeting of class. Transfers from one course into another may incur additional fees, depending on the transfer. Transferring from one workshop to another is not permitted. There is a $20 administrative fee for each transfer.

Holidays & Canceled Lessons:

We are closed for Thanksgiving, winter, and spring break. If we must close due to the weather, we will send out an email. If classes are canceled, the instructor will work with the school office to schedule a make-up date. We do not refund/prorate for weather closure, and our make-up policy still applies.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

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