Paint Birds in 6 Styles Intensive Course

Inside this watercolor course

This is a course-exploration of various styles you can watercolor in. Here we won’t talk & paint one specific thing, here we will discover painting styles such as: realistic, impressionistic, illustration, mixed, grisaille and sumi-e.

Each lesson in this course is devoted to one style that Yana will present to you, explaining its main features and ways to approach it in watercolor. To understand the theory better we will put knowledge into practice and paint a bird in the particular style Yana is talking about.

This way you will not only see a theory in action but also paint 6 beautiful watercolor birds!

    You will also learn what materials are necessary for each style since you can’t just use any paper or any brush. Each style requires its special approach and tools.

    Ready to expand your skills and maybe discover your favorite style? Join us!

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    We use professional equipment in a studio to record our videos. The sound is crisp, the image is clear and you will never miss a detail! Watch from any device from anywhere in the world.

    Easy To Follow Lessons

    Every course has a clear structure: from art tools to a color palette to the first layer. Every stroke is demonstrated from 2 angles and every technique is explained. And if you have questions you can always ask us directly.

    Strong Theoretical Basis

    No guess-work and intuitive painting. Our lessons are based on theory and academic knowledge which give students the ability to paint with confidence. You will not only know the "how" but also "the why".

    Watercolor techniques you will explore


    Wet on wet technique to achieve smooth color transitions, avoid sharp connecting lines and more effects.


    Repetitive layering as a way to build up depth and create realistic feeling of volume.


    How to let go and start painting loose watercolor.


    Major differences between watercolor techniques, when & why using it.


    How to combine gel pen and watercolor into a nice illustration.


    How to use multiple (mixed) techniques in one piece and still keep it light & airy.

    Lessons in this watercolor course

    Lesson 1 Watercolor Birds
    Lesson 4 Watercolor Birds
    Lesson 7 Watercolor Birds
    Lesson 10 Watercolor Birds
    Lesson 13 Watercolor Birds
    Lesson 16 Watercolor Birds
    Lesson 19 Watercolor Birds
    Lesson 2 Watercolor Birds
    Lesson 5 Watercolor Birds
    Lesson 8 Watercolor Birds
    Lesson 11 Watercolor Birds
    Lesson 14 Watercolor Birds
    Lesson 17 Watercolor Birds
    Lesson 20 Watercolor Birds
    Lesson 3 Watercolor Birds
    Lesson 6 Watercolor Birds
    Lesson 9 Watercolor Birds
    Lesson 12 Watercolor Birds
    Lesson 15 Watercolor Birds
    Lesson 18 Watercolor Birds
    Lesson 21 Watercolor Birds
    How do you learn watercolor for beginners?
    There are several ways to learn watercolor for beginners. You can take classes at a local art school or community center, watch online tutorials, read books or watch instructional DVDs, or simply practice on your own. It's essential to start with the basics and gradually build up your skills by practicing different techniques and experimenting with different materials.
    Is it hard to learn watercolor painting?
    Watercolor painting can be challenging, but it is also a very rewarding and enjoyable medium to work with. While it may take some time and practice to develop your skills, it is definitely possible to learn watercolor painting as a beginner.
    Can I teach myself watercolor?
    Yes, you can definitely teach yourself watercolor. With the wealth of information available online and in books, you can learn the basics of watercolor painting and start practicing on your own. However, taking classes or seeking guidance from more experienced artists can also help develop your skills and get feedback on your work.
    Is watercolor good for beginners?
    Watercolor is a great medium for beginners, as it is versatile, forgiving, and relatively inexpensive compared to other painting mediums. With watercolor, you can create a range of effects from delicate washes to bold, expressive strokes, and it is easy to transport and use on location.
    What type of watercolor is best for beginners?
    For beginners, it is recommended to start with student-grade watercolor paints, as they are less expensive and easier to work with. Look for watercolor paints that are labeled as "student grade" or "beginner's set." You'll also need watercolor paper and a few brushes, but you don't need to invest in expensive materials immediately.
    What is the golden rule of watercolor?
    The "golden rule" of watercolor is to work from light to dark. This means that you should start with light washes of color and gradually build up the intensity and depth of the colors as you go. This allows you to create a sense of depth and dimension in your paintings.
    What are the basic watercolor techniques?
    Some of the basic watercolor techniques include wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, dry brush, and lifting. Wet-on-wet involves applying wet paint to wet paper, which creates soft, blended effects. Wet-on-dry involves applying wet paint to dry paper, which creates more defined edges. Dry brush involves using a nearly dry brush to create texture and interest while lifting involves removing paint from the paper using a damp brush or cloth.
    Is watercolor harder than acrylic?
    Watercolor and acrylic are different mediums, and each has its own unique challenges and advantages. Watercolor can be more challenging in terms of controlling the flow and consistency of the paint, while acrylic can be more forgiving and easier to cover mistakes. Ultimately, it depends on your personal preferences and what you're comfortable working with.
    What is the hardest painting style?
    The answer to this question is subjective and depends on individual skill level and personal preferences. However, some people might consider hyperrealism or photorealism to be the hardest painting style, as it requires a high level of technical skill, attention to detail, and precision. These styles aim to create paintings that are extremely realistic and resemble photographs, which can be a difficult task to achieve. Other challenging styles might include abstract expressionism or conceptual art, which require a strong conceptual understanding and ability to convey complex ideas through visual art. Ultimately, the difficulty of a painting style will depend on the artist's individual strengths, weaknesses, and artistic goals.

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    Meet your teacher, Yana

    Professional Watercolor Artist

    Yana is a professional award-winning watercolor artist with more than 10 years of experience.

    She’s tried different techniques and approaches to watercolor.

    She hosted weekly workshops in Thailand and organized classes and art events in different countries of Asia and Europe.

    Her work was group-exhibited in Vietnam and Spain, and original pieces are now in private collections around the world.

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