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During this online course, you will learn about watercolour painting through the active application of various techniques, creating a set of artworks over 8 weeks. This course is aimed at beginners who have had some exposure to watercolour painting (formally or informally). This course is delivered completely online.

Each week you will explore different landscape themes, such as mountains, forests and beaches, in different styles and perspectives. The styles explored will be conducted in blocks of two weeks where the student will paint a simple and complex painting within the samem theme to improve on learned skills. This course will allow you to attain the skills required to paint landscapes by yourself in a range of different styles.

To enable your learning, you will receive a step-by-step PDF each week as well as other course supporting materials, outlining the techniques and process of the painting you complete and teacher’s feedback throughout the lesson and the duration of the course. This course will have small assignments during the week however, these are optional.

Course outline

Week 1: Introduction to landscape painting. Explore the different components which make up a landscape painting and complete a basic landscape sketch, utilizing the wet-on-wet techniques and the wet-on-dry techniques.
Class painting: Basic landscape sketch

Week 2: Introduction of further complexities into landscape painting, incorporating all learned techniques and expanding the colour palette. Learning of additional techniques including dry brushing and colour blending on paper.
Class painting: Landscape painting with a varied colour palette

Week 3: Introduction to painting mountains and mountainous terrain in a monochrome palette, as well as exploring balance in composition of each painting, and incorporating previously learned techniques.
Class painting: Snowy mountains

Week 4: Addition of complexities to mountains and introducing detail to create a more complex painting.
Class painting: Mountains descending into a lake

Week 5: Introduction to painting seas and beaches through the exploration of the art of Joe Cartwright best known for his beach scenes, learning about paper orientation, and how to paint from photos.
Class painting: beach scene

Week 6: Exploring further beach and sea scapes with a discussion, tips, and trics for painting en plein air. Addition of further complexities and detail. Introduction of techniques for painting waves. Introduction to masking fluid techniques.
Class painting: sea scape

Week 7: Introduction to urban sketching and architecture. This will include a quick introduction to elements of urban sketching including buildings, people and inanimate objects. This will include a recap of perspective drawing to include more detail.

Week 8: Complete a final course painting incorporating all learned techniques.
Class painting: Paint a modern urban sketch

Learning outcomes

  • Explore a variety of watercolour techniques and themes
  • Have a basic understanding of colour blending and use of materials
  • Understand painting composition in a variety of styles
  • Progress from lose style painting to increasing the amount of detail in the painting
  • Learn about influential watercolour artists
  • Create 7-8 paintings throughout the duration of the course
  • Have the ability to paint with watercolour by yourself

Who should enrol

The course is aimed at beginners. Some drawing/sketching experience is preferred.

Required materials

  • Watercolour paints: at a minimum a standard pack of 12 colours is recommended, either liquid or dry (Monte Martre is a suitable brand for beginners). Colours should at least include: blue, red, yellow, ochre, crimson (pink), brown, black, green (2 shades)
  • Watercolour paper: A4 paper at 300gsm is recommended (with no less than 240gsm). This course involves a lot of heavy application of water -based paint, making thin pages deteriorate quickly
  • Masking tape: used to tape down paper
  • Brushes: 1 x large, soft, round brush 1 x medium, soft, round brush 1 x small, round brush (soft or hard) 1 x medium, flat brush (optional)
  • Masking fluid
  • Palette: a small palette with 8-12 well will be sufficient. Alternatively, any flat surface will be sufficient
  • Fineliner (waterproof and non-waterproof
  • Paper towel
  • Scrap paper
  • 2B pencil (for sketching)
  • Rubber (hard or soft)
  • Sharpner
  • Reusable water container or plastic cup
  • Personal Electronic Device (Laptop, phone, computer, go pro)

Additional recommended materials:

  • Masking Fluid
  • Small spray bottle of water
  • White acrylic paint
  • Hair dryer
  • Black Ink

Online Platform

The course will be run through zoom.

Online resources (available to you)

  • Step-by-step PDF
  • Moodle resources
  • Teacher feedback (via email)
  • Weekly assignments (optional)

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