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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 reflect famous painters from around the world and you will complete a painting during each lesson in a similar style. 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 watercolour sketches of Thomas Kinkade, one of the most famous painters in the US to date.

  • Flat landscape

Week 2 - 1800’s: Exploring the art of Katsushika Hokusai who coined the ukiyo-e artform from a style of portraiture largely focused on courtesans and actors into a much broader style of art that focused on landscapes, plants, and animals. 

  • Painting Mount Fuji

Week 3 - 1850’s: Exploring the art of Elizabeth Murray, one of the most prominent British watercolor painters, she spent ten years living in the Canary Islands, so naturally many of her works are inspired by its landscapes and people, but also those of Morocco and Andalusia. 

  • Paint a desert scape with some detail 

Week 4 - 1900’s: Exploring the art of John Singer Sergeant, a prominent artist at the turn of the century, famous for his coastal paintings and unusual technique of sponging in colours into wet paper.

  • Paint a coastal beach

Week 5 – 1900’s: Exploring the art of Claude Monet, a prominent French artist. Most famous for his broken colour approach to painting seems to be extremely effective for depicting water and Ivan Aivazovsky, a Russian painter, famous for the high level of detail in his paintings

  • Paint a sea scape 

Week 6 – 2000’s: Exploring the art of Lorelle Boyce, a contemporary self-made artist. 

  • Paint a rainforest 

Week 7 – 2000’s: This week we will be taking a different approach and painting based on a film by David Attenborough, who spent most of his life telling people around the world about our planet. This week’s painting will be based on the film: Frozen Planet.

  • Paint a snowscape 

Week 8 – 2020: Explore the contemporary art of Danie ‘Pito’ Campos and his urban landscapes in watercolour. 

  • 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 landscapes
  • 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 who have had some exposure to watercolour painting. 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
  • Palette: a small palette with 8-12 well will be sufficient. Alternatively, any flat surface will be sufficient
  • Fineliner 
  • 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) 
  • 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)

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

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

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