Community Education Course

A watercolor painting of Heisler park. There are markers, paint brushes, and color swatches in the frame.

In this six-week course, students will explore the beautiful world of watercolor and gouache.


Saturday, February 3rd – March 9th, 2024
$200 – Due on or before January 31st, 2024
16 and above, all levels
Minimum: 7 / Maximum: 15

Laguna College of Art + Design
Main Campus, Studio 7
2222 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA. 92651


Through a variety of exercises and projects, they will develop skills in composition, line, value, form, color, and edge within these mediums. Students will also learn specific techniques and terminology that will enhance their artistic abilities and allow them to express themselves more confidently in their work. We encourage experimentation with different types of surfaces and paint applications to help each student find their unique style.

For those who prefer gouache, we will provide a list of watercolor pigments that can be used in their creations. By the end of the course, students will have a solid foundation in watercolor and gouache and be able to produce paintings that showcase their newfound knowledge and skills.

Students of all levels of experience are welcome. Suggested materials List (below).

Instructor: April Solomon

For questions please contact: Community Education at

Suggested Materials


(Winsor & Newton, Gamblin, Holbein, or brands of similar quality):


  • Aureolin or Cadmium Yellow
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Cadmium Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Sap Green
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Ulltramarine Blue
  • Ivory Black


  • Dioxazine Purple
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna


(Winsor & Newton, Gamblin, Holbein, or brands of similar quality):

Permanent White


Flats: 1.5 inch, ¾ inch, size 4 or size ⅜

Rounds: size 5, size 4, size 1