The Mechanics of Watercolor Painting
What you'll learn
- How to grip and manipulate your paint brush
- How to mix varying dilutions of paint
- Methods for diluting your paint
- How brush pressure and brush angle influence brush strokes
- Best practices for setting up a painting workspace
- How brushes differ by painting medium and bristle fiber
- Charting methods to help you get to know your paints
- What tinting strength is and how it influences color mixing
- How to mix both single and multiple color mixes
- How to identify and match colors using a color wheel
- Strategies for mixing successful neutral tones
- Methods for communicating white in a painting
- Techniques for apply watercolor paint to a painting surface
- How to gauge absorption and timing when you paint
- There are no prerequisites for this course
- It is recommended but not required that students complete my Foundations for Mastering Watercolor Painting course
"I absolutely loved this course! She is a fantastic teacher, very easy to listen to and the information is taught in a methodical and easy to understand way. I feel very ready to move on to bigger things now." - Cherilyn B.
The Mechanics of Watercolor Painting is a step-by-step course designed to guide students through all the necessary skills needed to paint with watercolor paints. Using her approachable, easy-to-understand teaching method and lots of hands-on activities, artist Jill Poyerd walks viewers through a total of nearly four hours of lectures and over 30 student activities, covering topics like brush handling, color mixing, paint application, and much much more.
We begin by learn all about your workspace. It’s important to have all of your tools readily available when you work. Then we discuss the many aspects of brushes, from how to physically handle a brush to how to properly dilute your paints.
Next, the course focuses on how to mix your paints and how to get acquainted with your specific selection of colors.
And finally, once we have a solid knowledge base, we learn about the three different application methods - controlled, semi-controlled, and uncontrolled paint application. We close the course with a watercolor painting demonstration so students can understand how it can all be put into practice.
This course is one of the most comprehensive classes you will find online related to learning how to use watercolors. It’s primarily aimed at the beginning painter, but it can apply to anyone who feels they may be lacking something in their knowledge when they paint in this medium.
Who this course is for:
- Beginning watercolor students with any level of experience
- Watercolor students of any level who would like to make sure they have a comprehensive understanding of the medium
Jill Poyerd, NWS, is a contemporary realist whose award-winning work can be found in private collections both nationally and internationally. She has been featured in national publications, is the author of the portrait painting book Fearless Portraits, and is a signature member of several prestigious art societies, including the National Watercolor Society. Jill works in both watermedia and oil paints and has exhibited extensively throughout the Mid-Atlantic region as well as in national shows. In addition to her work as an artist, Jill is an active member of the arts community. She has curated many multi-medium group shows and is the founder of the Fine Art Professionals of Northern Virginia. Additionally, she produces art appreciation videos for her highly successful YouTube Channel where her videos inspire and inform an international audience of over 3 million viewers.