Watercolor for Beginners
By Dena Ackerman

COURSE description

Experience the joy and magic of watercolors!
Luminous, transparent, glowing… there’s nothing quite so beautiful as watercolors. In this course I will show you what supplies you need to get started, and how to practice all the fundamental techniques you need to paint with confidence. Everything from fruits and flowers to a winterscape scene, brushstrokes, wet-in-wet techniques and more! My style is clear, relaxed, and reassuring, and I know that YOU can learn to paint with me!

Enjoy the process!
Watercolors have a reputation for being unpredictable and frustrating, but they don’t have to be! Join me as we learn how to control the water and paint, use our brushes, mix and layer colors, experiment with techniques… And most of all, how to relax, let go, and have fun!

Homework & Photos
Want to accelerate your learning? After each lesson I provide leson reviews, reference materials, and homework assignments, so you can practice what we learned and develop your skills further. Remember… practice makes perfect!

Skill Level: Beginner (recommended for ages 13 and up)
Running time: 9 hours

Student Testimonials:
My head was full of nonsense regarding watercolor being “intimidating” and “hard”. So far, you’re proving it is nothing but FUN. I’m finally using supplies I bought a couple years ago. Dena expertly breaks down basic concepts in a way that makes it easy for the student to progress without getting frustrated or intimidated. Congratulations on putting together such a professional, well-thought out program. Highly recommend! Treat yourself!” (Cheryl Shanahan)

“I’ve only begun studying watercolor recently, and already managed to fall in love with it. Dena has an amazing style of teaching that helps you to let go, loosen up and dive into the art.” (Miriam Budman)

“I learned everything I know about watercolor from Dena’s amazing classes! Color theory, composition, you name it! I love being able to just sit down and paint with confidence! I highly recommend taking any and all of her classes!” (Aidel Smith)

What you’ll learn:

Lesson 1: Materials and Set-up
Lesson 2: Getting in the flow
Lesson 3: Color Mixing
Lesson 4: Brushes & Brushmarks
Lesson 5: Layering & Glazing
Lesson 6: Wet-in-Wet Magic
Lesson 7: Wet-in-Wet Fruits & Flowers
Lesson 8: Lifting & Softening
Lesson 9: Texture & Patterns
Lesson 10: Watercolor Landscapes



9 hrs





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About the Instructor

Dena Ackerman

Hi! I’m Dena Ackerman, a fine artist, illustrator, writer, and art instructor, specializing in portrait art and illustration. I have illustrated over 30 books and created hundreds of custom paintings for private collectors, businesses, and magazines.

With ten years of teaching experience in private groups and at the START Academy of Art in Beit Shemesh, I delight in helping students acquire confidence, build essential skills, and enjoy the learning process.

Every journey begins with the first step. I believe in building a strong foundation of drawing and painting skills in order to open up the vast, exciting world of artistic expression. Through art, we share our personal experiences, thoughts, and observations about life. Learning to draw and paint will give you additional means of self-expression; one more way to make the world a more beautiful and meaningful place.

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