Skip To Content
colorful array of watercolor painted cards Introduction to Water Based Media CSYA03-202460 is a Course

Introduction to Water Based Media CSYA03-202460

Jul 8, 2024 - Jul 12, 2024

$50 Enroll

Full course description

City Summer Youth Academy is for students ranging from incoming 6th graders through currently enrolled high school students. CSYA is underwritten by a generous grant from the Wells-Fargo Foundation.
Introduction to Water Based Media
Monday-Friday 7/8-7/12/2024, 1:00pm-3:30pm, online
Instructor: Joyce Nojima
This virtual class will introduce students to painting on paper with watercolor and gouache. Students will explore a variety of techniques, with a focus on visual elements and design such as color, value, space, and composition. The instructor will help students gain a basic command of these expressive media through class demos and individual direction. No previous drawing or painting experience is required!
This will be a live synchronous course. Students will need a computer or smart phone with webcam and microphone, internet and web streaming capacity, and the Zoom application installed to their device. 



Watercolor Tubes or *Dry Cakes*:

- titanium white             - mars or ivory black

- hansa yellow or transparent yellow medium        

- cadmium red

- ultramarine blue         - prussian blue

- alizarin crimson          - viridian or phthalo green

- yellow ochre               - burnt umber  

*Optional recommended colors: cerulean blue, lemon yellow, opera pink, payne's gray*             

Watercolor Brushes:

-  #16 or higher Pointed Round

-  #4 or smaller Round (This is often included in watercolor sets)

Dry Materials:

- Graphite pencils (suggested hardness: 2H & 2B)

- Kneaded eraser

- Plastic eraser (Example: Staedtler or Mono)

- Pencil sharpener

- Roll of masking or painter’s tape


- (1) A watercolor block or pad with heavy weighted paper. Ideally cold press, 140lbs, and no smaller than 6” x 8”.


- (1) Small travel palette case or folding palette box (suggested: Martin Mijello Airtight Watercolor Palette)

- Rags or a paper towel roll

- (2) Cups or jars to hold water

- (1) Straight edged ruler & a compass tool OR a round object to make circles for our color wheel example: plate and roll of tape.

Instructor Bio:

Joyce Nojima is a second-generation Japanese American born and raised in Santa Rosa, California. She received her B.A. in Art Practice from University of California, Berkeley in 2003 and earned her MFA at University of California, Davis in 2014. She was an Affiliate Artist and Graduate Fellowship Program at the Headlands Center for the Arts. She was also a former studio artist at Root Division. She is currently an Art Instructor at SF City College, City Extension and Ruth's Table. And she is currently a teaching artist in residence at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.