Cultural Activities Center

3011 N. 3rd St, Temple, TX 76501

Watercolor Techniques and Methods 2 day workshop

October 8th & 9th 10AM-4PM
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Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9, 2022
Time: 10 AM to 4 PM   1 hour break for lunch daily
Price: $175 includes lunch
Class Size: limited to 15 students (age 16 and up)
Instructor: Glenn Cernosek
Minimun of 5 students/max of 20

Please register by October 1st

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn techniques and methods that will make your paintings better, easier and more fun to paint. You will learn how to use paint and make interesting textures and brush strokes. Watercolor painting for beginners can feel intimidating, but if you have never picked up a paintbrush, this class will get you started on creating beautiful works of art. Some of the techniques you will learn are: Flat Washes, Graded Washes, Glazes, Brush Work, Drybrush, Wet-Into-Wet and more. You will learn how to know which color to start with when trying to match a color in your reference photo or outdoor painting subject. After practicing these techniques, you will learn how to use them together to create beautiful paintings.

You will also learn some of the techniques of the old masters to draw subjects more accurately on your watercolor paper. There will be discussions about paints, brushes and paper brands, sizes, weights and textures. You will learn why certain papers are better suited for certain types of paintings.

Glenn will show you how to seal your watercolor paintings with a UV Archival Varnish so your painting can be framed without glass and mats. Glenn will bring paintings that have this varnish coating so you can see the difference it makes in framing watercolors. Each day, Glenn will demonstrate each technique and then pause as the students will complete that step. He will provide individual assistance while the student paints. Glenn will provide photographs for each student to use as subject matter. The subjects will be part, or portions of the two paintings you see here on this webpage.


-1 inch flat watercolor brush, similar to a Grumbacher Aquarelle synthetic.
- #8, #4 and #0 round watercolor brushes, they can be synthetic hair brushes.
Watercolors in tubes, small tubes are fine. The colors below are professional grade paints from Winsor & Newton or Grumbacher or Daniel Smith. You can use these or another quality brand but it is best not to buy student grade paints because they will fade over time and the colors are very weak.
- French Ultramarine Blue or Ultramarine Blue
- Cobalt Blue
- Winsor Blue (Green Shade) or Phthalo Blue
- Permanent Alizarin Crimson
- Winsor Red or Cadmium Red or Pyrrole Red
- Winsor Yellow or Lemon Yellow or Cadmium Yellow
- Yellow Ochre
-Burnt Sienna
- Burnt Umber
- Winsor & Newton Designer Gouache Permanent White
Watercolor Paper
- Arches Watercolor Blocks – Cold Press. 10” x 14” or larger. Blocks are good to use
because the 140 pound paper is already stretched. Do not separate the pages,
- If you cannot find the watercolor blocks, purchase one sheet of 300 pound Arches
Watercolor Cold Press paper (20” x 30”) and cut it into 4 pieces (10”x15”).
- Also bring an inexpensive watercolor pad for practicing brush work. Size 10” x 15” or
larger. You will probably use 4 or 5 sheets.

-Kleenex Tissues
-Paper towels or dinner napkins
-Container for rinsing brushes
-Brush basin, it holds water and brushes or two non-spillable containers for water.
-Plastic white palette by Tom Lynch or John Pike or you can use one that you already have.
-Color wheel of any size.
-HB pencil
-Kneaded eraser
-12” ruler

I have a YouTube video called “Glenn Cernosek’s Art Studio Tour – How to setup an art studio”, which shows some of the supplies listed above.

Read more about Glenn at