ART supplies AND MATERIALS

  • Composition of paints, pigments, and their properties
  • Watercolor palettes
  • The required set of basic brushes
  • Squirrel brush for basic techniques
  • Flat brushes, calligraphy brushes
  • Fan brush, angle brush, and special brushes
  • Liner brushes
  • Testing watercolor brushes
  • Overview and testing of the different types of paper
  • Blocks, pads, rolls, and sheets
  • How to choose the right paper
  • How to stretch watercolor paper on a board
  • You will learn everything about the drawing materials, the purposes they serve and what properties are important.

II. Watercolour Exercises

  • Preparing your workspace to paint
  • Watercolor mixing chart
  • Transparency and opacity test
  • Staining and non-staining test
  • Washing techniques
  • Filling shapes and figures with paint
  • Drawing ice cream by using the wash techniques
  • Transparency of watercolor: Flowers
  • “Blot-flowers”
  • Practicing the “blot-flowers” technique
  • Bird: Wash technique for an ornate shape
  • “The secret brush”
  • An experimental tree

You will learn basic watercolor techniques and work your way up to a more advanced level of painting.

III. Coloristics and color theory

  • Value scale and judging values exercise
  • Mountains in the fog
  • Venice: Grisaille
  • Still life: The basics of perspective
  • A bold sketch: Carrot
  • Itten’s Color Theory and color wheel
  • Mixing warm and cool primary colors
  • Creating your own palette, color matching exercise
  • Color density: A practical exercise
  • 3D tomato: Working with shapes and forms

You will learn how to add dimension, reflections, and various hues to your paintings.

IV. Advanced Painting

  • Covering the main watercolor techniques
  • Outline watercolor wash: Mill and a city
  • Working with a liner brush: Chandelier
  • Color schemes
  • A full-color landscape of the Luxembourg Gardens
  • The concept of looking at positive and negative spaces
  • Working with a positive and a negative space
  • Masking fluid
  • Girl and the sea: Working with negative spaces

You will quickly be taught how to work with watercolors like a professional with an abundance of experience.

V. cOMBINING VARIOUS TECHNIQUES TOGETHER

  • Black olives: The basics of botanical illustration
  • An autumn landscape with accents
  • Flower market: Painting an experimental still-life
  • Sunlit road: Aerial perspective and the illusion of light
  • Final assignment

You will practice applying and combining all the techniques that you have learnt during this course.

VI. Bonus Lessons

  • Black olives: The basics of botanical illustration
  • An autumn landscape with accents
  • Flower market: Painting an experimental still-life
  • Sunlit road: Aerial perspective and the illusion of light
  • Final assignment

You will practice applying and combining all the techniques that you have learnt during this course.

Veronika Kalacheva – the author of this online course

Illustrator &  watercolor artist

Veronika graduated from the Moscow State Pedagogical University in 2004 and qualified as a graphic artist. After graduating, she worked as a Commercial Illustrator. Today Veronika creates book and magazine illustrations for a few well-known publishing houses. In addition, since 2013 she has been focusing on leading online courses.