Free watercolor course

Free watercolor course

This free watercolor course is based on one I ran online with Zoom. I have decided to post it all on YouTube and will be a prerequisite for any new students who want to join my advanced classes – subject to availability. You can find all my videos, including the ones listed below on my YouTube Channel.

Here is a list of the videos, which you can see on YouTube. I have also provided a brief outline of each one.

Free watercolor course

Watercolor class 1 – Materials

This video covers the watercolor painting materials you will need for this course.

When people first decide to learn to paint with watercolors, they are often put off by the initial set up cost, if they buy the correct materials. These materials include artists quality watercolor paint (not student grade), good quality brushes, and paper. Poor paints, brushes, and paper, are often the first handicap an new student has to overcome. For this reason, the first dozen or so videos only require two brushes and three tubes of paint. Also all the paintings are done on smaller sheets of paper approximately 11″ x 7.5″ – this is what we call an eigth sheet. Later on additional brushes and paints will be required – and the size of the paintings we do will be quarter sheet.

This is the first video in my free watercolor course covering the materials.

Watercolor class 2 – Brush techniques

I cover techniques which show how to create different marks with a round watercolor brush. From soft wet-on-wet, to wet-on-dry, and various dry brush techniques.

These marks make up part of the language of watercolor. If you do not know how to successfully use a round watercolor brush you will find it very difficult to create all the wonderful effects watercolor is famous for.

In this episode I show you how to create various marks with a round watercolor brush.

Watercolor class 3 – Simple seascape

In this episode I paint a simple seascape using limited colors.

This subject uses all the brush techniques studied in episode 2 of this series. The seascape includes a dramatic sky, figures, the ocean, and rocks and waves. The next video will look at color mixing, tones, and creating a color wheel you can use as a reference for the remainder of this course.

A simple seascape with limited colors.

Free watercolor class 4 – Tones

Knowing how to produce different watercolor tones is vital. It is the most important method to add depth to a watercolor painting.

This is the forth episode in my beginner watercolor course. In this episode I show you how to handle water to create various paint consistencies. This results in different tones. Tones are the dark or light components of a color. The next episode in this series will look at all the different colors you can produce with just the three we are using. The result will be a color wheel you can use with future paintings.

How to create different tones of watercolor paint

Watercolor class 5 – Color mixing

Covers color mixing with watercolors for my beginner watercolor class series. We produce a color wheel starting with just the three colors that are used throughout this course. This color wheel is very useful as a reference when producing the watercolor paintings during this course.

Learn about color mixing and create a color wheel.

Watercolor class 6 – Clouds and skies

This is episode six of my beginner watercolor artist series.

These videos are designed to give new students to this medium the basic skills needed to progress their watercolor painting. In this episode we will cover four different skies with detailed step by step instructions. Each easy watercolor painting is then turned into a simple little landscape.

The paintings included are:

1. How to paint white fluffy clouds quickly.

2. Painting a sunset with watercolor.

3. A sunset with dark skies.

4. How to paint wispy clouds in a blue sky. Other topics I talk about are, darkand light tones, birds and mixing colors.

Learn to paint different skies

Watercolor class 7 – Boats and water

Episode seven in my watercolor beginner series.

In this video I cover:

1. How to draw simple boats.

2. Perspective and boats.

3. Painting boats in watercolor.

4. How to paint water.

5. How to paint light sparkle on water.

The paints I used in this painting are all made by Winsor and Newton and are artists quality. The colors are Winsor Blue (Red Shade), Permanent Rose, and Winsor Lemon. The paper is Arches Cold Pressed, 185 gsm.

Beginner watercolor class 7 – boats and water

Watercolor class 8 – Painting sunsets and trees

This is the eigth episode in my beginner watercolor series.

This video covers how to paint clean graded watercolor washes and how to paint trees and shrubs in silhouette. Paper and brush handling, composition, and design are also covered in parts.

How to paint a lovely sunset and silhouetted trees.

Free watercolor class 9 – Wet-on-wet

The 9th video in my beginner watercolor series.

This episode covers the wet-on-wet technique, how to do it, and what to keep in mind to produce the effects you want as a watercolor artist. We will be painting a very furry baby panda, a good subject for learning how to create great wet-on-wet watercolor paintings.

Wet-on-wet watercolor painting technique.

Watercolor class 10 – Simple landscape painting of an old farm

Video 10 in my beginner watercolor painting series.

In this episode I cover the following:

How to paint trees and foliage. Mixing greens with watercolor paint. Drawing and painting simiple buildings. How to paint rust on roofs. How to hold your brush. Drawing simple, small cows. Warm and cool colors.

Simple watercolor landscape painting of an old farm. Free watercolor course.

Watercolor class 11 – Complementary color mixing

Here I cover the following:

Paint consistency. Color mixing. Mixing complementary colors. The difference between secondary and tertiary colors. This is a great exercise to learn all about mixing teriary colors by adding secondary colors together. How to grey off colors to add depth to your painting.

How to mix complementary watercolors to create greys.

Watercolor class 12 – right paint mix, at the right time, with the right brush

In this episode we paint a lovely sunset over a lagoon scene. I focus on teaching you how to mix the right consistency paint, to place at the right place, with the right brush, on paper which is at the right wetness. Well, I get you on your journey at least.

In this episode we paint a lovely sunset over a lagoon scene.

Watercolor class 13 – 10 techniques for painting rocks with watercolor

Here are the subjects covered in this video: 1. Light, shadows, and rock form 2. Simple smooth oval rock 3. Sharp edged rocks 4. Creating rock shapes with a credit card 5. Using candle wax to preserve hightlights 6. Drizzeling water to create great tonal and form transitions 7. Painting grasses near rocks 8. Reflections of rocks 9. Textures on rock surfaces. Dry brush technique 10. Painting masses of rocks easily 11. Multi colored rocks.

10 techniques for painting rocks with watercolor

Watercolor class 14 – Problems mixing dark colors with watercolor

In this episode I cover 6 topics which look at common beginner mistakes that hinder them from mixing correct tones and colors. I also cover my basic technique to help you start with the correct tones and colors to minimise later adjustments.

Problems mixing dark colors with watercolor

Watercolor class 15 – Bright vs dull watercolors. How to mix clean colors

If you have trouble mixing colors with watercolor paints, then this video is for you. The15th video in my beginner watercolor painting series, I give you critical information to help you mix clean, bright colors when you want them. I also cover how to mix various greys and where they are important. I aim to clear up confusions people often have about warm and cool colors which cause them to produce unexpected results when they try to mix a particular color. This is particularly true when the target is a bright clean color, but the result is dull and lacking vibrancy. An understanding of the information in this video is very important if you want to predictably mix the color you want quickly.

Bright vs dull watercolors. How to mix clean colors

Watercolor class 16 – Drawing and painting cows with watercolor, side on view

If you paint farm landscapes you need to know how to draw and paint simple cows. This is part one of a series on how to draw and paint cows. While the painting is in watercolor, the drawing sections apply to any drawing and painting medium.

Drawing and painting cows with watercolor

Watercolor class 17 – How not to create watercolor mud

Mud, when talking about watercolor painting refers to a section of the painting which is not smooth and transparent looking. Instead, it looks dull and lifeless. If the paint is not allowed to flow on the paper, you will not see the colors softly merge with one another, which is one of watercolor’s beautiful qualities.

How not to create watercolor mud

Watercolor class 18 – Mixing Greens with watercolors

In this video I cover how to mix greens with watercolors. The topic is also relevant to oil and acrylic painting as well. This videos explains the main reasons students often struggle to mix the right green. Topic covered include which colors I use and why I use them. In this way you can apply the knowedge to your own colors that you use to mix greens. Or you can use my own. I only use Artist’s Quality watercolours, which are made by Winsor and Newton. However there are a number of other quality brands out there as well.

Mixing Greens with watercolors

Author: Joe

Owner and adminstration of the Painting With Watercolors website and forum. I am a professional watercolor artist, though I also use other mediums including pen and ink. I also enjoy playing with computers and the internet so this website is a bit of a hobby of mine.

3 thoughts on “Free watercolor course”

  1. Hello joe
    I live in france and love your tutorials like the one on the crashing wave or the one in venice
    I would like to get access to more of those « complete » tutorials during about an hour
    I would also get access to the reference photos
    Do you have a commercial offer to the above?
    Are you giving private lessons and at which conditions?

  2. Hello Joe,
    Thank you for sharing your fantastic watercolor videos in a thoughtful course. I have also purchased your book for a quick reference. I’m looking forward to my adventure in watercolor painting! Cheers!

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