Watercolor Painting for Beginners Course

Learn the tools, techniques, skills, and strategy to create realistic watercolor paintings. This is your entire watercolor education in one course!

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This course is also available in The Art Academy.

Do you like watercolors? Especially the realistic kind full of rich luminous layers of paint and details.

Are you interested in learning the traditional ways of working with watercolors? Techniques that have been past down from one professional artist to another.

Do you like to create your own original artwork? Learn usable skills to make your own art vs. relying on having to copy from others.

Then this course is for you!

In this course you'll learn my entire process to successfully paint rich, detailed, and realistic watercolors.

Here's the Rundown to my Step by Step Process

  • 🖌 I'll start off by introducing you to professional tools and materials, where to get them, and how to use them.

  • 🎨 I then show you how to set up your workspace, and get you going with your paints! I’ll show you how to set up your paint palette, and important painting exercises to familiarize yourself with your paints.

  • ✍️ Once you’re all set up and feeling good about your paints, I show you how to do 15 watercolor techniques.

  • 🤔 Then it’s time to teach you the strategy behind making a watercolor. This is a very important step most watercolor enthusiasts never learn how to do, and without understanding the strategy you’ll never be able to master making the layers involved with creating bright and luminous watercolor paintings.
  • 🖼 Once you understand the strategy it’s time to test it out. Here’s your chance to make your 1st painting!

  • ✏️ Next it’s time to learn how to properly prep the paper for painting. This includes learning how to stretch your paper, and how to transfer your composition over to your paper without damaging it.

  • 🙈 🐵 After the completion of your 2nd painting it’s time to learn how to critique it. Critiques are an important part of the painting process. We’ll discuss how to do it when you’re by yourself and with others.

  • 💦 For the 3rd painting you'll get to experiment with layering lots of washes and working with the wet on wet technique. We're also going to work on your ability of "reading" the wetness of the paper, and how to combine multiple techniques to complete a painting.

  • 🖼 For the 4th painting you'll learn several important lessons including how to work from a still life, how to work with a monotone palette, and how to mix flesh toned colors. (Spoiler alert! You will NOT be painting a person.)

After going through this course you'll be able to confidently create a painting strategy to create anything you want with watercolors!

I've strategically chosen these 4 paintings for you to create:

Landscape Painting

Learn how to paint a sun setting over water, while also implementing your very own paint strategy to created foreground, middle, and background.

Animal Painting

Learn how to set up and transfer a drawing to watercolor paper along with mastering techniques to create realistic texture of leaves, wood, and fur.

Water Lily Painting

Learn how build up and work with really wet layers of paint. This painting will really sharpen your skills at "reading" the wetness of the paper!

Still Life Painting

Learn how to paint from real life with a monotone palette. You will also learn how to mix the colors of human flesh tones without having to paint a portrait.

These paintings are very different, and chosen for the variety of skills you will have to learn, practice, and execute in order to create them.

Once you're done making these 4 paintings you’ll be ready to test out your newly acquired skills on any subject matter you aspire to create!

Who This Course is For:

  • Anyone who wants to learn how to paint traditional & realistic watercolors.
  • Anyone who's tried painting with watercolors but aren't achieving the desired results in their paintings.
  • Anyone who wants to push the boundaries with layering their watercolors to get the brightest, richest, most vibrant, and luminous colors!
  • Anyone who desires to create their own original artwork, and not copy or trace someone else's art.

You will not need any prior skills at painting to take this course, but it would be a big help to know how to draw. If you want to brush up on your drawing skills check out The Fundamentals of Drawing. The combination of both these course has everything you need to know to draw and paint realistic watercolors. (Hey guess what? You get a one time special offer to enroll in the drawing course for $100 OFF with the purchase of this course! This offer will be presented during the checkout process).

What Students Have to Say:

"The proof is in the pudding, as they say, so I am going to let my work speak for the value of Tracy Lizotte’s art academy. The first two photos show my work in July as I struggled to teach myself and the third is a painting of the same subject only three months later! I was prepared to commit a year to learning how to paint with watercolors and I never in my wildest dreams would have imagined I could have this kind of change in only 3 months!

Tracy’s online instruction is value enough, but it doesn’t stop there. I also feel like I have a relationship with Tracy and her community of artists through the bi-weekly online live meetings. I just can’t say enough about what she is doing and I’m so excited about her future plans for this academy!"

- Elaine Santos

Elaine's watercolors before the course and then after.

"Tracy has taught me to "visualize the process" in my approach to painting! She has changed the way I think and paint with watercolors, and it has made a big impact on my work. With clear direction and constructive criticism, this class has been a fun and worthwhile experience!"

- Sue Sacco

Sue's artwork from: Watercolor Painting for Beginners course

"I'm just sad I'm finished with the exercises. I literally sucked up the instruction in the class. Your guidance has made me a better artist, for sure. I think I stalled on the last exercise, the still life, because I didn't want this to all be over! I'm also thrilled to be part of the Academy.

Now I'm looking forward to the bonus courses too."

- Paula Millhouse

Paula's still life assignment from Watercolor Painting for Beginners

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How This Course Works

👉 After you sign up you will be redirected to the course curriculum.

👉 You'll have access to the entire course immediately, and can go through each lesson at your own pace. Which means there's never a need to rush, or feel like you are behind. 😃

👉 To get the most out of this course it's best to go through each module in order.

Your Instructor

Tracy Lizotte
Tracy Lizotte

Hi, I'm Tracy!

I'm a watercolor artist from Southern Maine, United States.

I have a passion for painting with watercolors, and teaching others the traditional fine art techniques that have been passed down to me.

I'm here to help you develop your own unique style, while learning how to draw, paint, and sell your art!

Want to learn more about me, and my journey to becoming a professional artist? Check out my About Page.

Art is a life long journey! I want you to enjoy that journey."

That's why I say take your time and never worry if there's a gap in your progress. What's great about this online course is you can watch and re-watch the videos as many times as you need, and can go at your own pace.

- Tracy Lizotte

What Students Say About This Course:

"I have immensely enjoyed the Watercolor Painting for Beginners course.

Tracy is not only a gifted artist, but also a brilliant teacher. Her instructions are easy to follow, and she shows and tells, step by step, how to get the best results and what to avoid doing.

The lessons are great preparation for the assignments. I like that they were challenging and that each had a goal for exploring and executing techniques that produced stunning results. It was so rewarding to see my paintings build up to completion. It’s very satisfying to see the patience of layering pay off.

Tracy helped me to see my work objectively, through thoughtful and invaluable corrective criticism."

- Tara Urbach

Tara's paintings from Watercolor Painting for Beginners course.

"I did not know much about Tracy before signing up for her online watercolor class. I have never taken an online class of any kind and have only ever taken one watercolor course. Tracy Lizotte's on-line watercolor class has been life changing for my art!

Her lessons have really taught me a great deal in a short amount of time while providing me with charts I now use every single time I paint. That alone was worth the class! I can actually see myself growing in my art. Her written and video communication skills are perfect for teaching, in fact I'd say she is a natural born teacher as well as an outstanding artist. I like that I can refer back to any class at any time as well, especially if I do go a few days/weeks without getting to paint and feel like I can not remember what she said about a certain technique. I would give this class 5 out of 5 stars!"

Stacey DeGrace

Stacey's painting exercises and artwork from Watercolor Painting for Beginners

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
After you enroll in this course you have access to all the modules immediately! You get to decide the pace you want to work and when you want to finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
If you purchase the course, you get lifetime access, whoopee! You'll also get access to all updates, bonuses, and add-on to this course! If you enroll in the D.W. Studio or The Art Academy you get access to the course for as long as you are a member.
What if I buy the course and then find I'm unhappy with it?
Oh no, I want happy artists! If you purchase the course, and find it does not make you happy I offer a 14 day money back guarantee. If you're unsatisfied, contact me in the first 14 days and I'll give you a full refund.
Will I need to know how to draw?
Yes. This course focuses on how to paint with watercolors, but that's only one part of creating a watercolor painting. I show you how to transfer a drawing to your watercolor paper, but it's up to you to draw it. If you are serious about learning how to paint watercolors realistically you will also want to know how to measure and draw accurately. I have a drawing course to help you out called The Fundamentals of Drawing. It will be offered to you at a crazy reduced price if you purchase this course. Keep an eye out for it during the check out process!
How old do you need to be to take this course?
This course is for anyone 12 years old and up and has a desire to learn how to paint watercolors realistically.
Do you supply the materials?
No, that you have to purchase either online or at your local art store. I've made a module called Tools, Materials, and Workspace, dedicated to explaining to you exactly what you need for this class. I explain all the options out there, educating you on what to get that will best suit your needs. There's also a detailed materials list for you to download and use as a reference guide.
What makes this course different from all other watercolor course?
Most watercolor course show you how to paint one or two specific subjects with only one layer of paint, and then you're left wonder how to paint other things or they show you how to explore with watercolors but give you no structure. This course is the complete package! I teach you the foundation needed to be successful at creating anything you want with watercolors. You will walk away from this course feeling confident about buying and using tools and materials, how to paint with 15 techniques, how to prep and read the wetness of the paper, and most importantly how to plan a painting strategy with watercolors. This is your entire watercolor education in just one course!
I'm not new to watercolors and have been painting for a while. Can I still learn from this course?
Great questions! Yes, you can. I have had many veteran artists and even trained teachers go through my course, and they all have learn new methods and skills they've never been introduced to before. Both my foundational drawing and watercolor courses have filled in gaps and holes in their knowledge. After going through this course they were able to take what they learned and combine it with what they previously practice to take their art to the next level.


How about a BONUS section Chock-Full of Help Tutorials that will show you how to:

  • Read the Wetness of the paper
  • Fix a Wash
  • Blend the Edge of the Paint
  • Fix a Masking Fluid Mistake
  • Lift Out Paint to get Back to the White of the Paper
  • What to do When You Can't Fix a Mistake

The information taught in this course goes so much deeper than classes taught in art school. They're traditional techniques and strategies that have been passed down through generations by professional watercolorists.

This course is the ultimate watercolor package! You'll learn my entire foundation for painting, and once learned it can be adapted to suit your own art style!

Plus you have access to this course forever! These valuable lessons will always be here for yah when you need to refer back to them along with any updated information I may add-on in the future!

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