Watercolor, Loose & Fast with Deborah Rubin

5 sessions on Tuesdays, February 24-March 24, 6:30-9:00 pm. Classes held in studio space at 33 Hawley Street.
Deborah Rubin: Purple Crocus

Learn to let go with water and paint. Some watercolor basics for those beginners and then off to creating quick watercolors filled with color and movement. All levels welcome. The emphasis is on "learning by doing," so expect to jump in with paint immediately. The fee is $200 plus supply list below.

Learn more about Deborah on her website

To register, call the Center at (413) 584-7327 or email us. 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.


Questions: deborahrubin8@gmail.com or 413-253-7922
PAPER: 140 lb. or heavier
1 full sheet (22 x 30) hot press watercolor paper
2 full sheets (22 x 30) rough watercolor paper
Brands: Arches, Fabriano, Canson, Waterford, Whatman
A small (at least 8 x 10) spiral watercolor pad

To hold 15 x 22 size paper so should be a few inches larger in both directions.
Masonite is best though corrugated cardboard and foamcore will do in a pinch

PAINTS: tube paints only
Please avoid cheap sets like Reeves, Maries, Sakura etc. They will create poor paintings.
Stick to quality brands like Winsor Newton professional grade (if you can afford it) or Winsor Newton Cotman, Grumbacher Academy, and Van Gogh, Da Vinci. The catalogue stores/online like Dick Blick and Cheap Joe’s have their own brand which is professional grade. Colors: any white, any black, ultramarine blue, pthalo blue, alizarin crimson, cadmium red (or hue), cadmium yellow (or hue), lemon yellow (or hue). Additional colors if you want to add more are yellow ochre , dioxazine purple, and permanent rose.

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. Sizes: Rounds # 4, 8, 12. Flats: ¼” and 1”. Also, a Japanese Hake brush at least 1 ½” wide as well as a small stiff bristle brush (used for oil painting) and a cheap brush for the liquid mask.

Large rectangular palette around 10 x 14, like a John Pike palette, with wells for paint all around and large mixing area in the middle. Again, the online art companies sell their version of this palette for half the price of the other brands.

Blue painters tape (like masking tape) from hardware store
Liquid mask (sometimes called frisket)
White vinyl eraser
#2 pencil
Rubber cement pick-up
Black fine permanent marker (micron is good)
Water container (deli containers, big yogurt container)
Small portfolio to carry artwork home – not mandatory.