Startup Library: Painting with Watercolors

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Instructor Kateri Ewing, Watercolor Expert
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Course No. 4063
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What Will You Learn?

  • numbers Which brushes, paper, paints, palettes, and extra supplies you will need.
  • numbers Advanced brushstrokes and wash techniques.
  • numbers How pigments interact with one another to mix more luminous, harmonious colors.
  • numbers Explore the two primary watercolor methods: wet-in-wet and wet-on-dry.

Course Overview

Color your world with watercolors! Join expert Kateri Ewing in this comprehensive beginner’s class as she helps you navigate all the basics. You’ll explore a range of tools and supplies, essential techniques, plus hands-on demonstrations and so much more.

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14 lectures
 |  Average 25 minutes each
  • 1
    What You Need: Watercolor Paints
    Meet Kateri Ewing and ground yourself in the fundamentals of watercolor paint. Kateri examines key topics, including staining and granulating effects, lightfastness ratings, pigment numbers and more. x
  • 2
    What You Need: Brushes
    Kateri goes over the different types of brushes and their various qualities, including the best beginner-friendly ones, as well as care and storage instructions. x
  • 3
    What You Need: Paper
    Explore the various aspects of paper and the formats it comes in, from pads and blocks to giant tearable sheets. Kateri helps you choose the right kind of paper for your project, then shows you how to stretch it to avoid warping and bubbling. x
  • 4
    What You Need: Palettes & Extras
    Kateri reviews the last few items you need to start painting, including palettes, erasers, masking fluid, easels and more. x
  • 5
    Methods: Basic Brushstrokes
    Explore a number of mark-making techniques with two types of brushes: flat and round. Kateri demonstrates how to lift pigment, create sharp edges and make a variety of lines, including twisting, flat, thick-to-thin and more. x
  • 6
    Methods: Washes
    Harness the power of water and pigment for stunning results every time! Here, Kateri teaches you the basics of creating washes. Find out how to make, or avoid, blooms, how to fade edges and more. x
  • 7
    Methods: Paint Application
    Explore the two primary watercolor methods: wet-in-wet and wet-on-dry. See how to drop in and lift out color, use masking fluid or salt to create unique effects, and explore a dry-brush technique to create hard and soft edges. x
  • 8
    Methods: Color Mixing
    Understand your colors so you can better predict and mix the shades you want! In this lesson, Kateri shows you how to create essential mixing tools: a color wheel, color chart and value scale. x
  • 9
    Methods: Color Harmony
    Make the most of only six tubes of paint! Learn how pigments interact with one another to mix more luminous, harmonious colors. Then practice working with a limited palette to create triads and achieve clean results every time. x
  • 10
    Projects: Basic Landscape
    Watch as Kateri demonstrates painting a basic landscape step by step, including planning and selecting colors, breaking down the subject, foreground, middle ground and background, and adding final details. x
  • 11
    Projects: Basic Seascape
    Build on your skills by painting seascapes! See how to create new textures and shapes, such as rippling water, and apply masking fluid. Then practice lifting techniques to create waves, depth, drama and other final details. x
  • 12
    Projects: Expressive Mixed Media
    Explore a more expressive, gestural watercolor style. Start by dropping color into a water glaze on paper and see if any shapes or subjects emerge. Then lift, push and pull the pigment to refine the shape, using colored pencils and pens to define your subject. x
  • 13
    Projects: Botanical-Style Flower
    Put your wet-on-dry skills to work with a botanical-style painting! After planning and palette selection, move on to targeted water-glazing and color-dropping. Add depth and contour, then finish up with dry-brushing and final details. x
  • 14
    Projects: Detailed Bird
    Finally, create your most detailed work yet: a bird portrait. Begin with the eye, applying initial washes, then build the form, contrast and various textures. Finish up by adding a glazing wash and final details. x

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Kateri Ewing

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Kateri Ewing, Watercolor Expert
For watercolorist Kateri Ewing, painting is all about capturing the awe she feels for the natural world. In preparation for painting, Kateri regularly walks and photographs the woods, meadows and waterways in two of her favorite places near her home in western New York state: Wyoming County and Knox Farm State Park. Kateri's passion for painting and drawing is infused in her teaching, and sharing her techniques with students...
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Startup Library: Painting with Watercolors is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 69.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent instruction This is an excellent overview of watercolor basics told in a well-paced, clear manner. Kateri Ewing provides many demonstrations of techniques, color mixing and specific projects. I’ve done some watercolor and found this course to be very helpful. I also liked the addition of other beginners working on the projects.
Date published: 2020-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was a good program; the instructor started with the basics and then advanced to different applications. She should have restrained her hair (my observation. It kept falling in her face.) Who would have known that 3 colors would produce such a wide variety of colors!
Date published: 2020-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Knowledgeable, Excellent teacher I thoroughly enjoyed and learned much from this watercolor course. Not only does the instructor know her medium; she is also an excellent teacher and knows how to introduce the topics by breaking them down and having us work along with her. She brings in students for several projects and coaches them on video through their issues. Very helpful! I I am a beginner and yet I produced two pieces - the tulip and the chickadee - that I have framed and am very proud of. (My family is impressed too!) It is because of her teaching approach that I was able to see these projects through. I do hope she will offer more courses in watercolor and take us to the next level.
Date published: 2019-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beginner's guide Complete info for beginners to learn about supplies and how to use them.
Date published: 2019-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indeed a great course. I felt this was an excellent course with a terrific teacher. A lot of fun.
Date published: 2019-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative and Inspiring This was my first course and I am a beginner with painting. This course far surpassed my expectations. Kateri’s presentations were presented in a logical order. Each video was packed with information. I liked that I could stop, rewind, fast forward and rewatch the videos. Presenting a beginner and his/her struggles was enlightening. Providing projects was very helpful. Kateri is an inviting and enjoyable teacher. I wish she would do another course with modeling how to paint more images and scenes. Best money I have invested in, in a while!
Date published: 2019-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learned a lot Enjoyed the course. Kateri broadened my artistic horizons...
Date published: 2019-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I am in the middle of this course and love it. The instructor is incredible. This is one of the best online art courses I have watched.
Date published: 2019-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to Enjoy! This course is truly for the very beginner! You are given valuable and practical information in purchasing brushes, paints, paper, and other tools. I learned so much before I even purchased supplies. I really recommend this course for anyone wanting to try their hand at water coloring. I am thoroughly enjoying the lessons!
Date published: 2019-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome class! I'm only a little more than halfway through and am so glad I purchased this class. I've been through three waterco!or books to teach myself and multiple free online videos. This class is clear and detailed. The books I bought would just show basics and then tell you to fill in the colors and shading and show this amazing final painting that I could never hope to do.. This instructor tells you what colors to use and where to put the shading. Also a good thorough description of what to look for in paints paper and brushes and why.
Date published: 2019-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative AND Inspiring Having taken several Watercolour courses these past few years I would consider myself at an intermediate level. But I have greatly enjoyed Kateri's clear and practical presentation of even the basics, and her tips, examples and hands-on demos have given me a wealth of new information. Kateri's projects are all ones I want to do and will do them - because in them she covers the full range between detailed realism and delightful abstract where the water and colourful pigments perform their own magic. I love watercolour because it is unique and Kateri, throughout her course, maintains it's simplicity and distinction and especial beauty. Her presentation is warm, engaging, natural and positive and I will watch the videos again and again, making this Teaching Company course one of considerable and excellent value.
Date published: 2019-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A nice, basic overview for those beginning in watercolor. Good detail on tools and how to use them as opposed to just watching the instructor without knowing why they're holding the brush a certain way, etc. The review with students after certain lessons is a handy thing, to see common issues beginners have in technique. The section on color theory and mixing was probably the most valuable part for any novice and worth watching for that alone. I am an artist myself and by no means a beginner, but watercolor is not my first medium and was looking for a refresher before tackling a tricky commission. I actually learned a couple things that were extremely helpful to remember later.
Date published: 2019-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great knowledge I bought this weeks ago and I love it. I love to draw and paint so this is helping me improve. I love the ceramic plate idea I'm using that now.
Date published: 2018-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Painting with Watercolor This is a great course for anyone who wants to get the basics of watercolor.
Date published: 2018-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Start to Learn Water Color Painting Here The teacher makes every step very clear and she has the kindest manner.Wish I could take private lessons from her!
Date published: 2018-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Startup Library! A great way to get beginners. I love the way this course is presented. One aspect of the procedures at a time. Ms. Ewing is excellent at explaining the tiniest detail. She covers EVERYTHING! I am anxious to get started even though I have to go back and remind myself of different things before buying anything. Thank you Ms. Ewing.
Date published: 2018-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Basic Course I brought this a few weeks ago for my wife who just entered retirement. She read a book, a few magazines, but this is what motivated her.
Date published: 2018-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Painting With Watercolors Nuts and bolts. A wonderful and concise introduction. Never boring!
Date published: 2018-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I learned many things I never knew I went to a large university in my younger years and obtained a BFA (fine arts) I took several watercolor classes and thought I had a basic understanding. This DVD has taught me a lot of things that were never brought up in university classes, especially the lesson on mixing colors within the color wheel Kateri had set up. It was amazing to discover the theory of mixing colors that made the difference between muddy colors and bright colors. I wish she had been one of my teachers while at university.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As Promised provided instruction as promised, easy to follow, interesting and fun
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for those who love to create! I am recently retired and art has been an area of interest all of my life. With the help of Great Courses I am finally able to explore this are of interest with a great instructure!
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great introduction to watercolor After a long time away from painting this helped spark my creative side come out !
Date published: 2018-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Teacher I am a beginner. I purchased several beginner watercolor courses from different websites and this was by far the best. The order of topics, the explanations, and the demonstrations were all very well done. Thanks Kateri.
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Startup Library : Painting with Watercolirs I bought this a couple of weeks ago and I love it. I've streamed it on my iPhone X, my tablet, and my ROKU!! And I've discovered the teacher's other videos on YouTube. She's easy to listen to and understand. And she's very good. I've learned a lot from her.
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I was happy to have received and gone through the material within. I tried watercolor many years ago without much gratification . This introductory lesson left me feeling that I could transfer to paper that which I saw within. In
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent instruction I am half way through this watercolor course and, so far, am very pleased with the instruction. I attended a local course in watercolor last year and did not receive the level of detail that this course provides. Kateri Ewing instructions and examples are very clear to follow. I highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to learn about painting with watercolor.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I painted the tulip today and I'm pretty happy with it! The lessons are easy to follow and well-paced. I'd be interested in a second watercolor course with more projects.
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Beginners Course! The instructor explains EVERYTHING about paint, brushes and paper. In addition, there are a number of lessons to demonstrate all of the approaches to watercolor painting in a fun and non- judgemental way! I am going through the course again to reinforce the lessons! I hope she will teach a more advanced course in tghe future!!
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific instruction! I purchased the dvd edition and find the content to be awesome. I am a rank newbie to watercolor and this was just the ticket. I very much like the style of instruction and course layout. The only thing I was disappointed in was the fact I am accustomed to getting a very nice printed comprehensive book with the dvd selection but this only came with a small pamphlet stored in the dvd case. I did not deduct any stars for that as I did not feel it would be fair to the overall instruction review, just be aware of that fact and happy painting!
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Beginners at Watercolor This is actually a secondhand review and I've never done that before--therefore I will keep it short. I bought this course for a friend who wanted to learn water-coloring. He had gone to a couple of local "adult education" classes, bought a few paints and brushes, and that was about as far as he'd gotten before viewing the course. But he's no novice to visual art: he's been a dedicated amateur photographer for many years, so color theory, for example, was not a new subject to him. He thought the first couple of lectures were pretty slow--details like what brushes to buy, kinds of paper etc, although I note that some other reviewers who were novices at water coloring found these quite useful. After those first three lectures, he found 4 through 14 extremely interesting. He took detailed notes, designed his own color wheel, thought the "projects" were great exercises, and said that the course made him feel that he actually can paint in watercolor--something he lacked any confidence in at the outset. In short, he felt it very good for what it was meant to be: as an introduction for the novice trying their hand at water coloring. I note some other reviewers had criticisms like: too many brushes, more colors in the painting than were discussed, or the projects were too hard. For whatever reason, he wasn't bothered by any of these issues.
Date published: 2018-01-26
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