Watercolor Basics

Class with Catherine Gill

Tuesday, July 9 – Friday, July 12, 2019
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Art Studio

This class has reached capacity.

An essential class for building the foundation skills of watercolor painting. Students receive detailed instruction and training for mastering watercolor materials and techniques. Practice effective brush handling, working with wet and dry paper, and mixing color successfully. While experimenting with different pigments and textures, students also learn to create negative space, resulting in rich watercolor paintings. This course is designed to produce basic skills in watercolor painting for the novice, for use in the classroom as well as personal use in the studio. The students will gain an introductory knowledge of the traditional methods of watercolor, and will have the necessary experience to conduct watercolor projects in the classroom and to further study in intermediate level watercolor classes.

Catherine Gill has been a professional watercolor artist and instructor for the past 25 years, working and exhibiting in the Northwest, throughout the United States, and internationally. She maintains a studio in the Ballard area of Seattle for painting, printmaking, instruction, and working on public art projects. She has a BA from Hunter College, the City University of New York. She has taught at Pratt Fine Art Center (WA), the Seattle Art Museum (WA), Bellevue Community College (WA), Scottsdale Artists School (AZ), Arrowmont School of Art (TN), Fallbrook School of Arts (CA); SE Alaska Art Charters (AK), Ashland Art Institute (OR), and Bitterroot Workshops (MT). She is a charter member and former Board member of the American Academy of Women Artists, a member of the Women Painters of Washington, a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, a member of Prints Arts Northwest, Seattle Print Arts, and Plein Air Painters of Washington; and co-founder of Art Partners, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create partnerships with artists from different cultures. Catherine has developed numerous mentoring and community programs for youth and adults in the Seattle area. Her landscape watercolor painting book, Powerful Watercolor Landscapes is published by Northlight/ F&W Publications (Jan 2011). Her artwork can be viewed at www.catherinegill.com.

Catherine Gill, Sweden, Watercolor, Image courtesy of artist.

Catherine Gill, Sweden, Watercolor, Image courtesy of artist.


Advance registration required. Due two weeks before the first day of course or class. To ensure registration, submit completed form and full payment. Space is limited. Registration confirmed by email or mailed receipt.

The Frye Art Museum reserves the right to cancel any course or class. If the Museum cancels a course or class, a full refund will be issued. If participant cancels enrollment more than two weeks prior to start date, a full refund will be issued, less a $25 processing fee. No refunds issued with less than two weeks’ notice. To cancel registration, call 206 432 8200 between 9 am–5 pm Monday–Friday.


Classes have additional fees for art supplies. Download the supply list for this class.


Continuing education credits and clock hours are available to educators through Seattle Pacific University (SPU). Payments for fees are paid directly to SPU online. Students will receive a link to register via email one week before the first day of class. The cost for Studio Class credits is $50 for 1 credit, $20 for 10 clock hours. Courses taken for credit or clock hours through SPU may not be repeated.