Watercolor Painting: Introduction to Light

Learn to master watercolour painting 7 exercises around the light, with one color, one brush and one egg!
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  • Lectures 11
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English, captions
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About This Course

Published 8/2015 English Closed captions available

Course Description

Watercolor is a technique that you can have a lot of fun with and that can even surprise you, because there are many elements that have a life of their own.

But with Watercolor, there is no going back, i.e. you can´t make any changes. It is also a very fast technique, and we have to improvise a lot. That´s why you have to learn to master it from the beginning, so you can later work more easily and skillfully.

How can we learn to paint in watercolor?

I think it takes practice to master it, and it can´t be achieved by painting just one picture. That's why I´ve given myself the challenge of creating a course that really teaches you how using a series of exercises that increase in difficulty and explore all technical aspects of watercolor, putting them into practice, and learning to control them from zero.

The Course

In this course, we will learn to paint in watercolor using:

  • one color
  • one brush
  • and one type of paper.

With these materials, we will do 7 exercises looking at different types of light, i.e., direct light, indirect light, shine and backlighting; To do so, we will use a basic shape that is "the egg" as it is a simple form that will allow us to really focus on watercolor techniques without being distracted by other issues and so we can really learn to gain control and master it.

I hope you like the course, you learn a lot, have fun and enjoy.

What are the requirements?

  • Black watercolor
  • One brush
  • Some watercolor paper

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Control and master watercolor light
  • Painting Watercolor with a solid base
  • Create professional monochrome watercolors

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone wanting to enjoy watercolor painting
  • Painting Fans
  • Watercolor amateurs
  • Painters interested in developing lighting techniques in watercolor

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction, materials and preparations
Materials and Preparations
List of materials

Here you can view and download the images we will use in each exercise.

Section 2: Six watercolor exercises
Exercise 1: The Light
Exercise 2: The Shadow and the Backlight
Exercise 3: The direct light and the indirect light
Exercise 4: The glare effect
Exercise 5: The frontal light
Exercise 6: The cast shadow
Section 3: Final Exercise: All in one
Exercise 7: Backlight (Advanced)

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Instructor Biography

Juanma Santaella, Visual artist / Artista plástico

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Soy pintor de vocación y arquitecto. He expuesto mi obra en ferias como ARCO Madrid y en Galerías de diferentes ciudades como Berlín, Barcelona, Valencia o Sevilla. También he ganado numerosos premios, entre los que podría destacar el Premio “Generaciones" de Caja Madrid. He sido profesor de la Escuela Massana de Arte y Diseño, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, e impartido masterclases, entre otros lugares, en la Escuela de Arquitectura de Sevilla.


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I am a painter and architect. I have exhibited my work in fairs such as ARCO Madrid and in Galleries of different cities like Berlin, Barcelona, Valencia, o Sevilla. I have also won numerous awards, among which could highlight the "Generations" Award of Caja Madrid. I've been a teacher at the Massana School of Art and Design, University of Barcelona, and taught master classes, among other places, at the School of Architecture of Sevilla.

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