The Secrets of Watercolor for Beginners (in person) | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

The Secrets of Watercolor for Beginners (in person)

Learn the fundamentals of how to control watercolor through a step-by-process, building from simple to complex. Ages 16+

For centuries artists have demonstrated that water techniques give students a deeper understanding when working with oil or acrylic paints. Learn the essential skills needed to gain a full understanding of watercolor painting including; color theory, brushwork, how to transfer an image for painting, and how to tame the capricious liquid paint. Throughout the class, the focus is on gaining experience and using mistakes as the basis of success. Class time is spent on demonstrations, lecture, studio time, and critique. / Materials fee of $33 included in tuition.

Open to students ages 16 and above. Review complete policies, including class cancellation policies before completing your registration.

Required materials

Supplies for first class

  • pencil
  • notebook or sketchbook
  • watercolor paint
    • burnt sienna
    • raw sienna
    • ultramarine blue
    • cadmium yellow medium
    • cadmium red medium
    • cerulean blue genuine
    • viridian
    • quinacridone red
    • titanium white
  • brushes (round 0, 4, 28; flat 1”)
  • Arches cold press watercolor pad 9” x 12”
  • watercolor palette
  • eraser

Students should expect to spend approximately $150 on supplies in addition to tuition.

What to wear
Clothes appropriate for messy creativity.

Class Savings

Register on or before May 13 and save $25.
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
Additional savings. Are you eligible?


Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.


Non-credit Tuition
Student Birthdate
  • Date:
  • Time:
    6:30–9:30 p.m. CST
  • Day(s) of the week:
  • Ages:
    Open to students ages 16 and above.
  • Term:
    Summer 24
  • Instructor: Stephen Nesser
  • Location:
    In Person
  • SKU:
    CSFA 9401 01 SU24