Startup Library: Painting with Watercolors

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Instructor Kateri Ewing, Watercolor Expert
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What Will You Learn?

  • Which brushes, paper, paints, palettes, and extra supplies you will need.
  • Advanced brushstrokes and wash techniques.
  • How pigments interact with one another to mix more luminous, harmonious colors.
  • 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
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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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Reviews

Startup Library: Painting with Watercolors is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 54.
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
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