Beginner's Watercolour for Landscapes
Beginner's Watercolour for Landscapes is a 7-part introduction to painting watercolour landscapes designed and taught by artist Laura Krieger (Elle Kay). This course will take you from total beginner to feeling comfortable enough with the medium and techniques to paint original landscapes. Learn the beauty of watercolour through exercises, demos, talks, and examples, then use your newfound skills and confidence to paint any landscape, real or imagined.
Laura Krieger is a Toronto based watercolour artist specializing in landscapes. She has a Master’s Degree in Psychological Science, and despite her childhood love of art, she only began painting in earnest during the pandemic. Laura’s focus is landscapes because she finds them to be inspiring. She started painting with photos from her travels to revisit positive memories and reunite with her creative self. Teaching with Etchr is her dream come true because she can combine her experience and her passion.
Session 1: Welcome to Watercolour - Learn all about your materials and the basic principles of watercolour in the first class. You’ll get an overview of the entire series with an opportunity to ask questions. Create a mess on paper together for an exercise on washes and brush strokes.
Session 2: Control and Value - In session two, you’ll continue working on brush strokes and controlling the amount of water in your brush and paint. Learn about value through water and brush control by using one colour to make gradients. Practice with an exercise of a mountain scene.
Session 3: Limited Palette Colour Mixing - The third session brings you to colour theory and mixing. You’ll learn to mix neutrals, darks, and even black with a limited palette then make colour charts that serve as references. Practice what you’ve learned by matching colours to a photo with just your primary colours.
Session 4: The Wash - The wash is the foundation of all watercolour, and we don’t mean your laundry. This session will take you through wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry techniques that lead right into hard and soft edges. Practice your washes by painting clouds.
Session 5: Glazes and Layers - Learn to glaze – creating deep and complex colours by layering washes painted from light to dark. You’ll explore the complexity of colour and how the different edges come into play. Practice glazing by painting dimension into a group of trees.
Session 6: Texture Galore - Use all the tools at your disposal to create exciting textures in your landscapes. Salt, dry brushing, splatters, blooms, and a toothbrush bring textural interest to watercolour paintings. Practice these tips and tricks by painting rocks and foreground.
Session 7: Landscape Architecture - In the final workshop, learn to construct an entire watercolour landscape, from choosing a reference photo to picking a colour palette. At the end of the session, you’ll have a method to use step by step to prepare any landscape. Practice what you’ve learned by doing thumbnail drawings.
Every Live Session will run for approximately 60 minutes via Zoom and is open to a maximum of 300 people. Participants will have access to a recording 4 days after the live session.
Secure your spot today by purchasing on this page. A downloadable PDF containing the workshop link and other details will be sent via email after checkout.
Thursdays on the following dates: September 30, October 14, October 21, October 28, November 4, November 18 and December 2
*Minimal time adjustments are expected starting November due to Daylight Saving Time
- LA Time 9 am PDT (Thursday)
- NY Time 12 pm EDT (Thursday)
- London Time 5 pm BST (Thursday)
- Singapore Time 12 am SGT (Friday)
- Sydney Time 2 am AEST (Friday)
Additional materials are listed in the PDF you'll receive upon purchase.
- 100% Cotton Cold Press Watercolour paper block (A4, 140lbs/300gsm) (Suggested brands: Fabriano Artistico)
- Watercolour paints (Tube or pan) (Suggested brands/colours): Shinhan PWC, Winsor & Newton and Daniel Smith; Pyrrol Crimson, Quinacridone Gold, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna and Phthalo Green. Alternative colours: Alizarin Crimson, Hansa Yellow Medium/Deep, Phthalo Blue or Indathrone Blue. Additional colours: Burnt Umber, Paynes Grey, Quinacridone Rose, Hansa Yellow Light/Medium
- Brushes (Suggested brands: Royal and Langnickel or Princeton): Round size 4, 6/8, 10/12; 1/2” flat; large mop/quill brush
- 3H or any H pencil (Suggested brand: Faber Castell)
- Kneadable eraser (Suggested brand: Fabel Castell)
- Small sketchbook or plain white paper
- Cup of water
- Paper towel
- An old rag
- Tape (masking, washi, artist’s tape, etc)
- Download/print these reference photos
If you don’t love it, it’s free.
If you’re not happy, we’re not happy. That’s why if you don’t love this Mini Workshop or Class as much as we know you will, we will give you your money back.