$150, 4 weeks, Saturdays, 2-4 pm Pacific Time, Sep 5-26, 2020

Experience level: novice and up

Capacity: 12 students max (must have 6 enrolled for course to run)

By “novice” I mean you have your own basic watercolor supplies and have completed some sort of beginner class or similar self-study (similar to my Watercolor Jumpstart self-study course, but you need not have covered the exact same topics).

This class is especially for those of you who wish you could paint your own original watercolors, but feel lost whenever you aren’t following a paint-along, instructor, or step-by-step demo.

This course will teach you a variety of tools and strategies for designing your own paintings.

You’ll learn how to

  • break down the planning task so that each step is more manageable
  • identify challenges and make a plan to tackle them one at a time
  • build up to more complex paintings
  • gather better reference material to make painting and planning easier
  • combine multiple references
  • change things around for better design and easier painting
  • how to decide the painting sequence and preserve whites and lights
  • BONUS!–How to use a powerful, free digital painting application on your computer or tablet to plan changes to work in progress without risking the work you’ve done so far! (Application is available for Windows/MacOS, Android and iOS, so everyone should be able to use it.)

You DO NOT necessarily need a lot of technical skill to benefit from this course. In fact, learning early in your painting career about composition and design, and how to plan your painting sequence will help you develop good habits of thinking for watercolor right from the start. You can choose to use just a few basic tools and keep your designs simple, or work on more complex projects.

You will need to have several possible projects you’d like to work on, and you must work from your own reference materials (sketches, photos you have taken, your imagination, etc.) We may occasionally use references gathered from other sources for inspiration or information about particular aspects of a painting, but you may not use another person’s photos or paintings as a substantial basis for projects in this course. (That means, no “painting from” some cool photo you found in National Geographic!)

You may repeat this course, working on more complex projects as you gain experience.