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Painting with Watercolors

Color your world with watercolors! Join expert Kateri Ewing in this comprehensive beginner's class as she helps you navigate all the basics you need to start painting with watercolors.
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Painting with Watercolors is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 108.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Teacher! I adore Kateri Ewing as a teacher! She's excellent -- very encouraging, very empathetic, and just overall good! Her presentations and painting demonstrations were clear and non-threatening! I've never held a paintbrush in my life, but her gentle and encouraging way helped me overcome my fear and hesitation to start painting! Thank you, Kateri!
Date published: 2024-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great basic techniques and clear demonstrations I appreciated Kateri's friendly, encouraging style of teaching accompanied by her clear explanations and demonstrations of techniques. She provided enough theory to help students understand the reasons for choosing certain colors, brushes, and papers but not so much as to overwhelm or discourage watercolor neophytes. I knew that watercolor is applied in layers light to dark but was finding this difficult to implement in my practicing prior to taking this class. Learning Kateri's methods of controlling the amount of water and paint on her brush, using water-glazing to manage the flow of paint on paper, and employing patience during the steps of the watercolor process have already helped my painting. I also appreciated the interactions between Kateri and her beginning students; recognizing in the students' paintings many of my own mistakes and then hearing her recommendations for small changes in techniques that would improve the outcome were very helpful for me.
Date published: 2024-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Explored new technique. I added this video on watercolor to help me get more practice in techniques than I had, and to learn new techniques. I really enjoyed her lectures and calmness in how she related to the subject. I hadn't painted in years and wanted to resume my passion for art again now that I have time to give to it.
Date published: 2023-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great introduction to watercolor This is an excellent course for someone totally new at watercolor painting. Kateri's teaching skills are superb. I particularly enjoyed seeing the "guest" students describe their experience with the projects, and how Kateri helped them correct their mistakes, and provide positive feedback. This course is the next best thing to a live in-person class!
Date published: 2023-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Way to Get Started in Watercolors I learned so much about the basics of watercolor, things that are important for a beginner to learn and practice. I very highly recommend it to anyone starting watercolor painting, or anyone who just wants to improve their technique.
Date published: 2022-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm amazed! Kateri is an excellent instructor! She shares her skills and talent in aneasy-going, understandable way. I've enjoyed drawing all my life (I'm 73) and was actually an Art major in college for a while, but never got into watercolor at all. What's amazing is that I'm only on lesson 11 and I've actually painted some pretty good landscapes and seascapes! It is so enjoyable, too!
Date published: 2022-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a great course! I'm no dummy, but a lot of instructional videos lose me pretty quickly. Not this course! Everything is well-explained and thorough, nothing is glossed over, and the pace is perfect. I'm a graphite artist who's been trying to break into watercolors but have been just plain afraid and also didn't have any idea how to start. This course has me on the path now. I"m very, very pleased with this course and this instructor.
Date published: 2022-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Painting with Water colors Very clear down to earth way teaching and very accurate information on how paint with water colors. And her suggestions on what materials to get are spot on! Like having a new lease on life! Very exciting! I put down novice because that is the closest description at this point , but I have drawn and painted from time to time over the years. But I wouldn’t consider myself an intermediate artist. She teaches techniques painting in Watercolor that I didn’t know. Very helpful. Michael M.
Date published: 2022-06-14
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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.

About

Kateri Ewing

Watercolor can become like a new language that you can use to express your creativity across many subjects and styles.

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 of all ages is her favorite thing about being an artist. Kateri's original watercolors are currently represented by Meibohm Fine Arts.

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Trailer

What You Need: Watercolor Paints

01: 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.

18 min
What You Need: Brushes

02: 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.

7 min
What You Need: Paper

03: 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.

13 min
What You Need: Palettes & Extras

04: What You Need: Palettes & Extras

Kateri reviews the last few items you need to start painting, including palettes, erasers, masking fluid, easels and more.

14 min
Methods: Basic Brushstrokes

05: 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.

20 min
Methods: Washes

06: 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.

40 min
Methods: Paint Application

07: 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.

37 min
Methods: Color Mixing

08: 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.

22 min
Methods: Color Harmony

09: 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.

32 min
Projects: Basic Landscape

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.

29 min
Projects: Basic Seascape

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.

21 min
Projects: Expressive Mixed Media

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.

23 min
Projects: Botanical-Style Flower

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.

44 min
Projects: Detailed Bird

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.

41 min