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How to Watercolor Basics: Still Life

A fantastic eight-week introduction to watercolor techniques including color mixing, washes & glazes, monochromatic painting, negative space painting, and more culminating in a final still life project.
Adria W.
310 total reviews for this teacher
5 reviews for this class
Completed by 18 learners
year old learners
learners per class


Charged upfront
$16 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 8 weeks
90 minutes per class

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Class Experience

In this class your learner will learn about watercolor materials, watercolor value studies, basic color theory, color charts, washes and glazes, composition and more. They should come away with multiple color charts, negative space paintings, composition thumbnails, and two still life paintings
I am delighted to be able to offer classes that emphasize fine art techniques through the lens of observational drawing. Observational art is a method of learning to draw with three principles in mind: understanding of the subject, building looking skills, and practice of artistic technique. Through this method and practice, learners can draw anything. Completion of my courses will result in a learner who is engaged with art and understands basic art technique. Even students who are not aspiring artists have much to gain from drawing, including improvement of hand-eye coordination and hand dexterity skills.

Along with my bachelor’s degree in art history and studio art from a premier liberal arts institution in Ohio, I also have been teaching since 2016. My online teaching career began on Outschool in 2017. I have taught homeschoolers, unschoolers, and undergraduate students of all ages. My background in art history means that my classes are created with an understanding of historical precedence- I’m teaching what I know works! Many of my classes include examples of important artworks from masters for students to examine and learn skills from. In addition, my many years of teaching art have helped me curate concise and logical drawing curriculum that young artists can easily pick up and apply to their work. Every art class I teach hopes to provide learners with all the knowledge and support they need to grow as an artist.

No formal homework will be assigned, but it is recommended that learners spend time outside class practicing techniques learned.
 4 files available upon enrollment
***MATERIALS*** For this class, your learner will need several materials. I strongly recommend searching for store brand "student" or "beginner" versions of these products. As your learner progresses, you may consider purchasing more quality materials. Depending on size, quality, amount, and brand, you can expect to spend between $25-$50 on materials. Your learner will need: -Graphite Drawing Pencils (2H, or HB, or B) -Erasers (Vinyl) -Synthetic brushes in various sizes and shapes -Watercolor paints in the following colors: red, yellow, orange, green, blue, violet, brown and black. Look out for these specific color names if you are buying individual tubes: Lemon Yellow, Medium Yellow, Orange, Brilliant Red, Crimson, Violet, Phthalo Blue, Ultramarine, Viridian Hue, Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, and Burnt Sienna, Ivory Black. -Large watercolor sketchbook, watercolor pad, or watercolor paper -Paper towels for clean-up -Newspaper or towels for their work space -Scrap paper to sketch ideas on -Vessels to hold water -A palette of some type (a plate with a raised rim would work great if you don't have many options!) The following materials are optional, but may be beneficial to your learner: -Plastic palettes with wells -Frog or Painters Tape I provide four PDFs for this course: WatercolorBasicsStillLife2023.pdf -Syllabus with in-depth lesson plans and course expectations Glossary2023.pdf - Glossary of basic art terms PoliciesandRequirements2023.pdf - Policy and procedure packet WatecolorMaterials2023.pdf - Material guide for watercolors
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
To remove the stress of what is sometimes a very daunting course of study, your learners will not have tests, quizzes, or formal grades in the class. Instead, I utilize positive verbal critiques to provide feedback and encourage improvement. However, if grades are requested I will provide them via rubrics that will suggest a grade. Learners progress will be gauged by the completion of their assignments, execution of techniques, and their class presence (being on-time, listening when I am speaking, and how they communicate with peers). 
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


Adria W.
Lives in the United States
Observational & Free-Hand Art Teacher
310 total reviews
394 completed classes

About Me

Hello and welcome to my teacher profile!

I will be in vacation and unable to answer emails from September 3rd to September 11th 2023. I am looking forward to a new semester soon!

My name is Adria, I am a life-long mixed-media artist with a... 
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