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March 02 - April 13, 2023

Watercolor: Beginning & Continuing

Pioneer High School • 601 W. STADIUM BLVD ANN ARBORMI  48103 Organized by Ann Arbor Public School System

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Ages: 13 - Adult. BEGINNING: Explore a variety of techniques using this dynamic medium. Challenge your mind while developing a solid foundation in watercolor painting. Each week, the instructor introduces a new watercolor technique and design concepts such as color integration, tonal contrast and composition. CONTINUING: Work on independent projects in a supportive, encouraging environment. Instructor offers guidance as needed, including technical help, problem solving and goal setting. Instructor: Nancy Lybrink. 6 classes. No class 3/30.

Watercolor Supplies:

You needn’t buy the most expensive art supplies, but it is always better that you buy good quality supplies. Inferior quality supplies are a recipe for frustration and having marginal results. Places to get supplies: Michaels, dickblick.com, utrechtart.com, jerrysartarama,com, cheapjoes.com, or amazon are all good places to purchase online.

Paints are manufactured in either pre-formed cake pan sets or in tubes.

Winsor-Newton, Cotman, DaVinci, Holbein, Daniel Smith, Schminke, Grumbacher are some names of reputable manufacturers of quality pigments, so choose those that give you the best deal.

Instructor recommends the following colors, one from each color group (e.g. one type of yellow) is fine:

(YELLOWS) Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Aureolin Yellow

(REDS) Rose Madder Genuine, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson

(BLUES) Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue

(EARTH TONES) Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Warm Sepia

(GREENS) Pthalo Green, Sap Green, Hooker Green

(DARKS) Payne’s Gray


A good "round" watercolor brush is a beautiful tool. It should hold a lot of water, have lively "snap" (resilience), and come to a fine point. Kolinsky Sable brushes are best, but are generally expensive. Sable/Synthetics and Synthetics can be a good and less expensive alternative. Round brush “workhorses” for desktop size paper will be brush sizes #10, #12. Medium size brushes are #6, #8. Smaller size brushes, #0, #1, #2, #4 can be useful for detailed work. Good flat brushes (1 inch, 3/4 inch, 1/2 inch) are useful for obtaining clean edges and strong stroke work. Also a flat brush between 1-2 inches is good for washes. If you take care of your brushes, they'll take care of you and can last a lifetime. You don't need a lot of brushes, just a few good brushes in the sizes that correspond to the size paper you are working with.

Pads, Blocks, and Single Sheets are all acceptable provided it is good quality Watercolor Paper. It should be no less than 140 lb.

Most watercolor palettes are made of plastic. Any non-porous material works (glass, ceramic, etc.) Some people like a round palette so that they can visualize the color wheel. The shape is all up to you. Also the palettes with covers are a great way to save your paint.

Extra mixing surfaces:
(i.e. slant palette, old TV dinner plates, butcher tray), 2 water containers, Old sponges, Roll of paper towels, Drawing pencils (HB, 2H), kneaded eraser Masking Liquid or Rubber Cement

Rec & Ed classes follow AAPS COVID & Health Guidance.
Residents in the AAPS district boundaries ages 65+ may be eligible for a 25% discount off one class per term. Registration must be completed over the phone (734) 994-2300 ext. 0, Monday-Friday between 8am-5pm. Please click on the following link for more information: Senior Adult Discount Policy


PIONEER ROOM E101 at Pioneer High School


Nancy Lybrink


March 02 - April 13, 2023

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


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Ages 13-99 · Co-Ed


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