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Course Syllabus: Watercolor Painting 101

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Course Description

In this course you will learn the basics of one of the most enduring art forms in our culture: watercolor painting. It is the easiest way of expressing yourself through art and has a long history of teaching great painters their first lessons in subjects ranging from proper technique to design principals. Most books and courses out there demand a large amount of self-study and miss the point of learning to paint--to have fun! Included in the course are tips from professional painters, examples of some of the great watercolor work ever created, and instructions that can take you from never having picked up a brush to completing your first full painting in no time. It is also sure to make sure you learn the right things at the right time, and that you have time to let the knowledge soak in before rushing off to the next concept.

We'll make sure you aren't intimidated by the long aisles of the art supply store stacked with thousands of different types of paint, brushes, and other tools. You'll be able to talk the talk as well as walk the walk as we share the meaning behind things like the "belly-width" of your brush or the "value" of your paint. You'll be able to share your gift with others in no time, and become a part of an international community of artists going back hundreds of years. Whether you are just looking for something new to do in your spare time or perhaps starting a new career, this course is developed for you.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

Lesson 1: An Introduction to Watercolor

Lesson 2: Getting Started

Lesson 3: Choosing Your Equipment

Lesson 4: Working with Color

Lesson 5: Watercolor Techniques

Lesson 6: Practicing the Principals of Design

Lesson 7: Basic Painting

Lesson 8: Steps to Creating Your Painting

Lesson 9: More Simple Projects

Lesson 10: Five Quick Ways to Improve your Art

Lesson 11: Composition

Course Materials

All course materials is provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources.

Grading Policy

Several lessons will include painting practice and observational assignments that will directly apply what you have learned.

Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what water color painting is.
  • Identify the equipment you need to do water color painting.
  • Demonstrate working with color.
  • Demonstrate watercolor techniques.
  • Demonstrate practicing the principals of design and basic painting.
  • Demonstrate steps to creating your painting, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Assignment100
Lesson 2 Assignment100
Lesson 3 Assignment100
Lesson 4 Assignment100
Lesson 5-1 Assignment100
Lesson 5-2 Assignment100
Lesson 5-3 Assignment100
Lesson 6-1 Assignment100
Lesson 6-2 Assignment100
Lesson 6-3 Assignment100
Lesson 7-1 Assignment100
Lesson 7-2 Assignment100
Lesson 8 Assignment100
Lesson 9 Assignment100
Lesson 10 Assignment100
Be Creative100
Final Painting and Thoughts100
The Final Assignment100
Total Points:1810

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