Course curriculum

  • 2

    Module One- Trees

    • Colour Wheel- Mixing Greens

    • Colour Wheel- The Rest of the Rainbow

    • Exploring Values in Watercolour

    • Mixing Greens- Playing With Colour

    • Homework 1- Play With Green

    • Drawing Trees

    • Painting a Fir Tree

    • Painting an Oak Tree

    • Homework 2- A Tree Of Your Own

    • BONUS- Tree Images

  • 3

    Module Two- Seas

    • Welcome to Module Two

    • Quick Technique: Loose and Lively Waves

    • Quick Technique: Dry Brush Sparkles

    • Essential Skills: Laying a Flat Wash

    • Demo: Painting Reflections

    • Essential Skills: Gradated Wash

    • Demo: Painting A Twilight Lighthouse Using Gradated Washes

    • Demo: Waves and White Lines

    • Homework: Make Waves

    • Bonus: Stretching Paper

  • 4

    Module Three- Land and Sky

    • Welcome to Module Three

    • Painting Rocks: Glazing Layers

    • Creating Texture With Salt

    • Mixing Colour On The Paper

    • Spatter Painting Sand

    • Plastic Wrap

    • Painting Grasses

    • Wispy Clouds

    • Fluffy Clouds

    • Homework- Playing with Texture

    • Demo: Dramatic Clouds

    • Bonus: Mixing Neutrals- A Colour Wheel Recap

  • 5

    Module Four- Coastlines

    • Welcome to Module Four

    • The Rule of Thirds

    • Guiding The Eye With S-Curves

    • Diagonals

    • Composition Strategies PDF

    • Checking Your Composition

    • The Power of Thumbnails

    • Homework 1- Thumbnails

    • Inside My Sketchbook

    • Creating A Balanced Painting- Booklet

    • Creating A Balanced Painting- Worksheet

    • Planning A Painting- Thumbnails In Action

    • Planning A Painting- From Thumbnail To Full Size

    • Demo: Painting the Coastline

    • Homework 2- Paint!


  • 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? will show you an approximate price in your local currency (please note, the exchange rate your bank charges may vary slightly).

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