This class is an Exploration! Here you will discover 6 styles you can paint watercolor in, and try every one of them on an example of a cute pink flamingo. It's a fun and actionable course where you learn theory (foundations of each style) and apply it in practice!
Have never painted in watercolor before? Perfect! This class requires no skills to begin with. Every step will be demonstrated and explained. And I guarantee you will paint awesome flamingos in the end!
Styles we explore in this class:
- Realistic (how to achieve a realistic result but not overdo it; what tools to use)
- Impressionistic (how to let go & paint loose)
- Alla-prima (what is it and how it is different from impressionistic style)
- Illustration (what makes illustration stand out)
- Mixed (how to mix different tools in one artwork & keep a natural look of it)
- Grisaille (understand the foundations of this style and its role in art)
- Welcome video gives you a glimpse of the styles we explore and flamingos we paint
- Materials overview explains the importance of using the right art materials for each style. It makes a huge (!) difference. The wrong choice of a tool will make it harder for you to paint in a chosen style. That's why we dive into preparing materials upfront where I explain what style requires which tools.
- Each lesson is devoted to one style. I explain the features of this style and tricks you can do specifically in watercolor to be able to paint in this style
- Each lesson has a slide in the end with key features of a particular style written down. It will wrap up the theory you've learned in the lesson
- And of course, we will paint flamingo in each style ;)
I hope after finishing this course and actually painting in all those styles you will discover your most favorite style which you will establish your artistic path in.
Are you ready? Let's dive in!
Who this course is for
- Beginners in watercolor who want to understand the differences between major art styles
- People who have been trying different styles but have difficulties to establish their signature style
- People who like flamingos and want to have fun!
- I would not consider this a beginner class. I would say you need a little experience mixing paint for this. Saying that, I still found it very enjoyable, sometimes it’s best to just dive in and not overthink it ~ J Sigrist
- I liked the explanation of styles and I was able to follow-along. I appreciated being able to see that palate and water and how you used them while you paint ~ H Mackenzie
- Great demo ~ Michelle A
What you'll learn
- The difference between realistic, impressionistic, mixed, illustration, alla-prima, grisaille styles.
- Main features of each style and what makes it stand out.
- Specific watercolor techniques you need to use to create in a particular style (you can't use the same techniques if you paint, for example, in oil).
- Color mixing rules.
- Main watercolor techniques: wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, glazing, and more.
- How to work with lights & shadows, bring out volumes.
- How to see tones & not be distracted by bright colors.
- How to let go and paint loose.
- How to mix different styles on one painting in a harmonious way and not overwork the painting.
- You need different types of paper, for each style (specifically described in the first lesson).
- You need different types of brushes (natural & synthetic, round and flat).
- You need additional tools (gel pens, coloring pencils, salt etc).