Learn to create coastal landscapes in watercolour, filled with life and light

This online watercolour course teaches beginning artists the fundamentals of watercolour by exploring coastal art. Learn essential skills, practice by creating little works of art and develop the knowledge you need to paint your own favourite stretches of coastline. 

Whether you're a beginner or an intermediate artist wanting to consolidate the basics of watercolour, 'Painting Vibrant Watercolour Coastlines' will teach you what you need to know in a fun and approachable way. 

What You'll Learn

Develop core watercolour skills - and have fun!

  • Understanding the colour wheel and mixing vibrant colours

  • Getting the right green

  • Laying smooth washes of colour

  • Creating texture in waves, rocks, sand and plants

  • Painting wet-in-wet for dramatic skies

  • Creating an interesting composition

  • What to do if things go wrong

Course curriculum

    1. Colour Wheel- Mixing Greens

    2. Colour Wheel- The Rest of the Rainbow

    3. Exploring Values in Watercolour

    4. Mixing Greens- Playing With Colour

    5. Homework 1- Play With Green

    6. Drawing Trees

    7. Painting a Fir Tree

    8. Painting an Oak Tree

    9. Homework 2- A Tree Of Your Own

    10. BONUS- Tree Images

    1. Welcome to Module Two

    2. Quick Technique: Loose and Lively Waves

    3. Quick Technique: Dry Brush Sparkles

    4. Essential Skills: Laying a Flat Wash

    5. Demo: Painting Reflections

    6. Essential Skills: Gradated Wash

    7. Demo: Painting A Twilight Lighthouse Using Gradated Washes

    8. Demo: Waves and White Lines

    9. Homework: Make Waves

    10. Bonus: Stretching Paper

    1. Welcome to Module Three

    2. Painting Rocks: Glazing Layers

    3. Creating Texture With Salt

    4. Mixing Colour On The Paper

    5. Spatter Painting Sand

    6. Plastic Wrap

    7. Painting Grasses

    8. Wispy Clouds

    9. Fluffy Clouds

    10. Homework- Playing with Texture

    11. Demo: Dramatic Clouds

    12. Bonus: Mixing Neutrals- A Colour Wheel Recap

    1. Welcome to Module Four

    2. The Rule of Thirds

    3. Guiding The Eye With S-Curves

    4. Diagonals

    5. Composition Strategies PDF

    6. Checking Your Composition

    7. The Power of Thumbnails

    8. Homework 1- Thumbnails

    9. Inside My Sketchbook

    10. Creating A Balanced Painting- Booklet

    11. Creating A Balanced Painting- Worksheet

    12. Planning A Painting- Thumbnails In Action

    13. Planning A Painting- From Thumbnail To Full Size

    14. Demo: Painting the Coastline

    15. Homework 2- Paint!

About this course

  • $65.00
  • 53 lessons
  • 4 hours of video content


  • What will I learn from this course?

    The course contains four modules which will guide you through the essential skills for painting watercolour coasts and how to apply them. 'Trees' includes colour mixing and value, plus techniques for drawing and painting trees. 'Seas' includes laying flat and gradated washes, plus ways to paint the different moods of the sea. 'Land and Sky' includes wet-in-wet painting, glazing and methods to create texture for rocks, sand, wood and grass. 'Coastlines' covers composition, creating a focal point and using colour, value and movement in your art.

  • Who is this course for?

    The course is aimed at beginning watercolour artists and those who want to practice and consolidate the fundamentals. If you're new to watercolours, you'll learn essential skills which you can then apply to paint anything! If you've been painting with watercolour for a while but continue to be frustrated by muddy colours, blooms and back runs, streaky washes or paints that are too thick or too wishy-washy, then you'll also find the content of this course valuable.

  • Will this course fit around my work schedule?

    Absolutely. Whilst the course is organised into four modules, you can work through it at your own pace. You have lifetime access to the course materials, so you can return to the content as many times as you like.

  • I hate colour-mixing drills. Are you going to make me paint lots of tiny squares?

    No! Honing the fundamentals doesn't have to be boring. We'll practice essential skills in creative and fun ways. We'll create simple and enjoyable artworks to practice each technique. You can copy my demonstrations if you choose, plus you'll also find ideas for how you can adapt and personalise each activity to make your creations unique.

  • Will I learn to paint like you?

    I'll be sharing a wide range of techniques, including how I use white outlines, draw trees and create movement as part of 'my' style. You'll also learn a range of other techniques and how to apply them. You’re welcome to follow the demos and paint ‘my way’ or apply the key takeaways to more traditional ways of painting. The class will help you along the path to finding your own unique voice and learning how to paint like you!

  • What currency is the course price?

    The course is $65 CAN (about $49 US). Elsewhere in the world? XE.com will show you an approximate price in your local currency (please note, the exchange rate your bank charges may vary slightly).

About Your Instructor

Andrea England is a watercolour artist who creates aboard a sailboat studio in British Columbia. An experienced teacher, she is also an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

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Start painting your own beautiful coastal scenes in vibrant watercolour!