CANCELLED - Feb 10, Feb 24, & Mar 10 - JOYful Watercolor with Deena Ball (via Zoom)

CANCELLED. By popular demand, instructor may offer similar course in-person later in 2022.

Painting in Watercolor should be a joyful experience. Learn to loosen up and appreciate all the beautiful qualities of watercolor medium. Students will learn to mass values, control edges and control pigment to water ratios. We will strive to let the watercolor paint do the work. Each week we will have a few short exercises to help students learn more about the technical aspects of watercolor. If the warm up exercises are centered around painting wet into wet then the daily painting will be done using wet on to wet techniques.  These will be finished for homework and critiqued in the next class. Our goal will be to learn and make painting fun and rewarding. 

  • Thursday, February 10, 1 - 3 pm
  • Thursday, February 24, 1 - 3 pm
  • Thursday, March 10, 1 - 3 pm

Your class fee covers all 3 sessions and all assignments & activities. You will need the watercolor supplies listed in the detailed materials list below.


Registration Info

The class fee covers all 3 sessions and all assignments & activities.

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  1. Single Registration for RiverArts Members = $100.
  2. Single Registration for RiverArts Non-Members = $120.
  3. Pay It Forward - You may pay for yourself & make an additional donation for someone else who may not currently be able to afford the class on their own = $100+ (Thank you!)
  4. Pay What You Can - If you can't pay the full class fee, please contribute the amount you are able. Thank you!

RiverArts is committed to accessible programming and to compensating artists and instructors fairly. We are offering virtual classes on a 'pay what you can' basis. Those with limited funds are welcome to enjoy full access to the class for a small donation. Those who are able are invited to pay more to support access to art experiences for all.


Materials List:



  • Recommended-Winsor Newton Professional Grade - no cottman
  • 5ml tubes
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Permanent Rose
  • Transparent Yellow
  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Indigo


  • Arches 140 cold press-CP means cold press
  • Fabriano cold press 140lb cold press
  • Saunders Waterford. 140 lb CP
  • No canson, morrilla, starthmore


  • 1/2 Wash brush - flat rectangular brush - this neans that the ferrule ( the part that connects the hair to the wood is 1/2 inch wide or wider.
  • Two round brushes A large one and a small one - unfortunately bruahs sizes are not uniform throughout the industry.
  • Your large one should be no smaller than the #16 Aqua Edge by Princeton and it most definitely can be bigger.
  • I like the #20 Jacksons : Artica White Tornay Synthetic brush-
  • Recommended Manufacturers - Robert Simons Saphire, Winsor Newton, Princeton, Isabey - Jacksons, Rosemary’s Brushes ( UK)
  • Synthetic is least expensive and hold the least amount of water, mixed synthetic and natural hair is mid range on price and amount of water it will hold and natural hair is the most expensive but holds the most water.


  • White artist tape 3/4 inch - Pro Art is good.
  • Folding plastic palette - my favorite is the Mijello Bullet proof 36 Colors palette - close behind is the Mijello airtight Watercolor Palette 18 wells. - both are available on amazon and other places.
  • Gatorboard- ultra heavy foam core board to use as a support if you buy single sheets of paper which is more economical rather than a block
  • Good quality paper towels - Bounty or shop towels or a flour sack dish cloth
  • Sketching pencil- I use either a Design Ebiony Pencil or a Caran D’ache Mechanical Pencil
  • White plastic eraser- Faber Castel or Staedler Mars Plastic
  • Water container - I use an old plant container with no whole or for on the go- Faber Castel Clic and Go- but a large old ball jar will work as well. Bigger the better.


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