About This Product
For its entire 140-year history, the Schmincke brand has meant the finest colors for artists, made to professional standards and used by the most demanding painters. On each package, the blue Schmincke owl holds a banner that reads "I strive for the best" in Latin. So you won't be surprised to hear that the company was hesitant to produce a more affordable watercolor for art students and beginners. It would have to appeal to artists on a budget but still adhere to the basic standards of the historic German color house.
Akademie Aquarell is Schmincke's answer to this challenge, and we recommend it strongly to any watercolorist who isn't ready to invest in a set of Horadam paints. It is the best student-grade watercolor we have ever carried; frankly, it outperforms many paints that call themselves artist grade. The colors are clear and vibrant, and it's easy to make mixed colors that are just as beautiful. A majority of Akademie colors are single-pigment, and the multi-pigment colors are carefully chosen to allow further mixing without muddiness. Intense, high-chroma colors are included alongside rich, organic earth colors, so you can make paintings in any style with Akademie.
This super slim travel set is a special release for 2022. It contains 12 classic colors of Akademie Aquarell in half pans. They're packed in a new, one-row metal tin with plenty of smooth, enameled mixing space. The colors included are Opaque White, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Cadmium Red Hue, Magenta, Ultramarine, Cyan, Brilliant Green, Permanent Green, Yellow Ochre, English Red, Burnt Umber, and Black.
Made in Germany.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST
Akademie is available in 24 colors, selected to be versatile, bright, and reasonably priced. Horadam is available in an incredible 140 colors, including rare pigments, intense cadmium and cobalt colors, and advanced modern pigments like our favorites, the perylene colors.
Horadam has the maximum possible pigment load, while Akademie has less pigment per mL of gum arabic.
Horadam half pans are poured in four or five shallow layers, drying completely between layers, to ensure perfect consistency, a process that takes months. Akademie is produced with an industry-standard three pours per pan.