Paint Landscapes in Watercolor Part 1

Learn how to paint realistic landscapes in a loose and free style
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  • Lectures 19
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

This course will show you step by step how to paint quick and easy landscapes that really capture the atmosphere of a scene. The course is divided into four sections covering skies, backgrounds, foregrounds and trees. You can work through the course section by section, as each one builds on the one before, and you can then use it as a reference tool for the future. Each video comes with an accompanying pdf which shows you step by step how to paint the various elements.
If you are a complete beginner in painting landscapes in watercolor, then this course is for you. And if you already paint landscapes, but you want to loosen up a bit and become more expressive, then this course will help you to do that.
So join now and come with me on an adventure that may just change the way you paint forever!

What are the requirements?

  • You will need some watercolor paints, brushes and paper.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Paint landscapes in a loose and easy style

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for beginners and also for anyone who wants to loosen up in their style of painting.

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Section 1: Introduction to the course

Landscapes are made up of many different elements all put together. In this series of videos you will learn how to paint some of these elements - skies, backgrounds, foregrounds and trees.
This course will teach you the basic skills you will need to be able to paint these features of the landscape.

Section 2: Skies

Skies play such an important part in any landscape. They can be the main theme, with stormy clouds and great drama, or they can be just the backdrop for the main theme. But always they provide the light and atmosphere for the scene.

Here I´ll show you how to paint different types of sky, from the bright blue of a summer’s day to a rainstorm. 


Sunny skies are created by painting clean washes of color. I´ll show you how to lay down a flat wash without streaks or blemishes to create your sunny sky, how to paint around complicated objects, and we'll see how you can use colors other than blue for the sky.


Adding clouds to a sky will increase it's interest. In fact they can become the main focus of the painting. I'll show you how to paint realistic clouds in a variety of ways.


Stormy skies can add a lot of atmosphere to a painting. in this lecture you'll find out how to paint the effect of rain and dark skies, full of drama.

Section 3: Backgrounds

We start off with learning how we keep the background at the back, and how we can give our paintings that feeling of recession into the distance. 

I’ll then show you how to paint simple hills that stay in the background, and finally how to make the background the star of the picture, by painting a sunlit snowy mountain scene.


Find out how color, detail, tonal value and edges all play a part in keeping backgrounds where they should be, at the back!


Simple backgrounds can add a lot to a painting. They needn't be hard to paint, and I'll show you some quick ideas for creating hills and mountains as a backdrop for your landscape.


Sometimes the background can be the focus of the painting, and here I'll show you how to create that effect by painting sunlight on a snowy mountain.

Section 4: Foregrounds

Many people find foregrounds quite hard to paint, but that is usually because they make them to fussy and complicated. In most paintings, the foreground is only there to support the man centre of interest or the focal point of the painting. I’ll show you how to paint foregrounds that are interesting, but which don’t distract from the focus of your painting. 


Learn how to paint foregrounds that are interesting but do not become dominant. Find out how to lead your viewer into the picture.


Foregrounds can be the subject themselves of a painting. Here I'll show you how to make the foreground the star!

Section 5: Trees

Trees play a big part in many landscapes. They can be the focal part, or the backdrop, or just features of interest. But almost every landscape has them.

I’ll show you here how to paint trees, from those way back in the distance, to trees up close. I’ll show you how to paint them simply and easily, and how to make them fit into the landscape and feel a part of it. 


It's easy to add a line of trees or bushes to the background of a painting. I'll show you how to do this here.


Trees in winter can have lovely shapes that can add so much to a painting. In this video you will learn how to paint realistic looking winter trees.


There are various ways of painting trees covered in foliage, but here I'll teach you a simple and effective way to paint all those leaves.


Trees come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and in this video you will find out how to capture some of these in watercolor. I'll also show you how to paint different types of tree trunks.


Here's how to paint a woodland scene by simplifying down what you see.

Section 6: What next?
Paint landscapes in watercolor Part 2

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Instructor Biography

Andy Walker, Art teacher and artist

I have taught painting for many years, both in adult education classes and also over the internet. Through my online courses I have taught over three thousand students to paint since 2005. I have lead a number of painting holidays in the UK and overseas, and for a short time I was an instructor with Derwent Pencils. For five years I worked in ceramics, painting large tiled wall murals to commission.

I am originally from England, but now live in southern Spain with my lovely wife and two dogs.

My interest in painting goes back to my childhood, and I have learned throughout my life the skills and ideas that have kept me in employment and which I now hope to pass on to you. I love working in watercolors, and also in oils and acrylics. Each of these requires a different way of working, but I always aim to keep my paintings lively and fresh. I always want to convey something of the heart to anyone looking at my paintings.

The exercises and painting projects in my courses have all been thoroughly tested over time and proved to work well, and I am constantly amazed at the speed at which students improve. I hope you enjoy learning with me!

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