The Watercolor Workshop

"The Watercolor Workshop" develops the confidence needed for success with watercolor painting.
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  • Lectures 19
  • Contents Video: 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 5/2015 English

Course Description

Overview:

The Watercolor Workshop is a course designed for beginner and intermediate artists wishing to explore and improve watercolor painting techniques. This course starts with the basics and progresses gradually to more complex subjects and concepts. The 19 modules are logically sequenced so that each module builds upon concepts learned in previous modules. A variety of concepts, subjects, application techniques, and forms of watercolor are explored providing the learner with a complete exposure to this popular art-making medium.

Structure:

The course begins with an exposure to materials and tools that are used for painting with watercolor including brushes, surfaces, and various forms of watercolor paint. (Modules 1-2) Various application techniques, including wet on dry, wet on wet, dry on wet, using salt, painting with a sponge, and more are discussed. (Module 3) Color theory and color mixing are explored before moving on to aesthetic compositional strategies. (Modules 4-6)

Popular subjects are explored including still life and landscape painting. A woodland scene is demonstrated while teaching strategies for creating light and shadow. (Modules 7-8) Each step of each process is documented and learners can follow along and create their own paintings using the provided photo references. Cityscape painting follows while emphasizing the importance of simplifying complexities in a scene when painting with watercolor. (Modules 9-10)

Concepts such as image transfer, mixing skin tones, and developing contrasting backgrounds are all included in the modules focused on portrait painting. (Modules 11-13)

Various forms are watercolor are also explored. Pan or cake watercolors are used at various points along with tube paints. Watercolor pencil techniques are demonstrated including application and activation strategies. (Modules 14-15)

The course also explores mixing watercolor with related art-making media such as pastel, pastel pencil, and pen and ink. (Modules 16-17)

Gouache or opaque watercolor painting techniques are also covered. (Module 18)

18 ebooks are included with the course. Each ebook breaks each step down into step by step photographs and reinforces the concepts taught in each video.

What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge is required for this course
  • Basic watercolor supplies are needed: watercolor paints, watercolor pencils, papers, and brushes

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 18 illustrated ebooks
  • Choose appropriate materials for watercolor painting
  • Apply color theory to paintings
  • Mix colors from various pigments
  • Apply various application techniques in a painting
  • Arrange successful compositions
  • Create shadow and light in a painting
  • Paint landscapes and cityscapes with confidence
  • Transfer images to painting surfaces
  • Mix skin tones
  • Paint portraits with confidence
  • Apply watercolor pencils using proven techniques
  • Mix related media with watercolor
  • Apply gouache using proven techniques

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for beginner and intermediate watercolor students
  • This course may be too basic for advanced watercolor artists

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction and Materials
04:42

Description: An introduction to “The Watercolor Workshop” video series, including a listing of materials and tools that will be used.

Suggested Materials: None

11:31

Description: An overview of specific brush types, watercolor paint composition, watercolor papers, and stretching watercolor paper.

Suggested Materials: 140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, masking tape, masonite board, Hake brush, water

Section 2: Application Techniques
15:31

Description: An overview of watercolor application techniques including flat wash, gradations, wet on wet, wet on dry, dry brush, lifting color, dry on wet, scumbling, glazing, using a sea sponge, applying salt, and scratching/indenting.

Suggested Materials: 140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, masking tape, masonite board, variety of brushes, watercolor paints (tube or cake), sea sponge, salt, paper towel, and a dull Exacto knife.

Section 3: Color and Composition
16:45

Description: An overview of color theory including the color wheel, color types, relationships and schemes, neutrals, and color value. Color mixing is also explored as well as the effects of using warm and cool primaries.

Suggested Materials: 140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, watercolor paints (Phthalo Blue, Prussian Blue, Ultramarine, Gamboge Hue, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Alizarin Crimson, and Cadmium Red Pale Hue), nylon brush, mixing palette.

14:30

Description: An look at several compositional strategies including repetition, balance, color relationships, focal points, using odd numbers, and the "mirror test". A loose watercolor still life sketch is started in this module.

Suggested Materials: 140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, HB graphite pencil, Kneaded eraser, watercolor paints (Prussian Blue, Ultramarine, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Pale Hue, Yellow Ochre, and Burnt Umber), nylon brush, mixing palette. *Cotman tube watercolor paints are used.

13:31

Description: The conclusion of the watercolor sketch that was completed in the last module. Colors are layered and intensified to create a loose sketch that implies the form of the objects.

Suggested Materials: 140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, watercolor paints (Prussian Blue, Ultramarine, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Pale Hue, Yellow Ochre, and Burnt Umber), nylon brush, mixing palette. *Cotman tube watercolor paints are used.

Section 4: Landscape Painting
17:02

Description: A look at using warm and cool hues and value contrast to create the illusion of space and light in a landscape painting. Part 1.

Suggested Materials: 140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, "HB" pencil, watercolor paints (Prussian Blue, Ultramarine, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Alizarin Crimson, and Gamboge Hue), nylon brush, mixing palette. *Cotman tube watercolor paints are used.

15:22

Description: A look at using warm and cool hues and value contrast to create the illusion of space and light in a landscape painting. Part 2.

Suggested Materials: 140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, sandpaper, nylon eraser, watercolor paints (Prussian Blue, Ultramarine, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Alizarin Crimson, and Gamboge Hue), nylon brush, mixing palette. *Cotman tube watercolor paints are used.

18:56

Description: A look at simplifying a complex scene in order to create harmony and unity in a watercolor painting. Part 1.

Suggested Materials: 140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, "HB" pencil, Liquid Masking Fluid, watercolor paints (Ultramarine, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Pale Hue, Burnt Umber, and Gamboge Hue), paper towel, nylon brush, mixing palette. *Cotman tube watercolor paints are used.

14:00

Description: A look at simplifying a complex scene in order to create harmony and unity in a watercolor painting. Part 2.

Suggested Materials: 140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, watercolor paints (Ultramarine, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Pale Hue, Burnt Umber, and Gamboge Hue), gouache paints (White, Medium Yellow), paper towel, nylon brush, mixing palette. *Cotman tube watercolor paints are used.

Section 5: Portrait Painting
18:14

Description: Part one of a three-part series on painting a portrait with watercolor. In this module, we explore transferring an image for accurate proportions and mixing skin tones. Initial washes of color are applied.

Suggested Materials: Soft graphite pencil (4B-6B), HB pencil, kneaded eraser, masking tape, 140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, watercolor paints (Yellow Ochre, Winsor Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Raw Umber), paper towel, nylon brushes. *Winsor and Newton cake watercolors are used.

13:00

Description: Part two of a three-part series on painting a portrait with watercolor. In this module, we continue developing the values by layering applications of progressively more intense concentrations of color on the face and head.


Suggested Materials: 140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, watercolor paints (Yellow Ochre, Winsor Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Raw Umber), paper towel, nylon brushes. *Winsor and Newton cake watercolors are used.

10:21

Description: Part three of a three-part series on painting a portrait with watercolor. In this module, we develop the clothing and the finish the painting by addressing the background.


Suggested Materials: 140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, watercolor paints (Winsor Yellow, Winsor Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Raw Umber), paper towel, nylon brushes. *Winsor and Newton cake watercolors are used.

Section 6: Watercolor Pencils
16:48

Description: Part one of a two-part series on drawing and painting with watercolor pencils. In this module, we look at the characteristics of watercolor pencils and begin a painting of an orchid.

Suggested Materials: 140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, watercolor paints (Yellow Ochre, Gamboge Hue), paper towel, nylon brushes, watercolor pencils, liquid masking fluid, masking tape. *Cotman tube watercolors and Derwent Watercolor Pencils are used.

10:49

Description: Part two of a two-part series on drawing and painting with watercolor pencils. In this module, we continue and complete the painting of the orchid.

Suggested Materials: 140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, paper towel, nylon brushes, watercolor pencils. *Derwent Watercolor Pencils are used.

Section 7: Mixing Media
14:47

Description: Part one of a two-part series on mixing media with watercolor applications. Pen and Ink, pastel, and pastel pencil are applied over a watercolor painting in order to enhance the image.

Suggested Materials: 140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, nylon brushes, and watercolor paints (Yellow Ochre, Gamboge Hue, Viridian Hue, Ultramarine, Prussian Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Sap Green, Cadmium Red Pale Hue).

12:08

Description: Part two of a two-part series on mixing media with watercolor applications. Pen and Ink, pastel, and pastel pencil are applied over a watercolor painting in order to enhance the image.

Suggested Materials: Micron Ink Pens ("03" are used), pastel pencils (Orange, Red, Viridian Green, Blue), white soft pastel, and a blending stump.

Section 8: Gouache - Opaque Watercolor
17:13

Description: A look at painting with gouache, also referred to as opaque watercolor.

Suggested Materials: Strathmore Watercolor paper - 140lb. Coldpress, Reeves gouache paints, HB graphite pencil, masking tape, and nylon brushes.

Section 9: Conclusion
03:53

Description: A conclusion to the course and a brief look at framing.

Suggested Materials: None

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Instructor Biography

Matthew Fussell, Illustrator and Educator

Hi, I am an illustrator and educator. As the founder and instructor at TheVirtualInstructor (website), I am able to help thousands of people all over the world realize their dreams of creating quality art. My illustrations have been featured in numerous publications and my work can be found in many private collections. Although I am an illustrator, my true passion in life is teaching. I have been teaching for over ten years and I am lucky to have helped so many people achieve their goals of creating art.

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