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Discover the world of watercolor painting with online watercolor classes. Learn the techniques and skills to create stunning works of art while gaining the therapeutic benefits of this relaxing and expressive medium.

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BrushCapades @ Online Classroom

Unleash your creativity with a hands-on tutorial that provides all the necessary materials for a 90-minute watercolor experience. Discover the joy of painting with a watercolor fan set, brushes, and high-quality paper, all included in this immersive workshop. Don't miss out on this opportunity to explore the beautiful world of watercolors!

Tuesday Dec 19th, 7–8:30pm Central Time

Watercolor 101

Art School of SF Bay @ Virtual Classroom

This workshop covers everything you need to know about watercolor to use it fluently in your projects: how to mix colors, use washes, work from light to dark, use reserve and additives, and even such advanced technique as watercolor underpainting. You will learn the science behind the watercolor fluorescent colors, learn how to lead your work, what to do to prevent and fix watercolor accidents. We will try our hands in both Classical European and...

Thursday Jan 25th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

 (10 sessions)

$400

10 sessions

Beginning Watercolor: Online

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Unlock your creativity and learn to paint sparkling, luminous watercolors with the Chicago Botanic Garden's virtual botanical art class. Explore brush techniques, color-mixing, and control of washes from the comfort of your own home. No prior experience is needed.

Wednesday Jan 10th, 9:30am–12pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

$349

6 sessions

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Exploratory Watercolor

New York School of the Arts @ Online Classroom

Unleash your creativity with watercolor as you delve into still life and abstraction in this dynamic course at the New York School of the Arts. Discover diverse techniques, master composition, and color, and receive personalized instruction and group critiques. Join us and create unique, individual paintings that truly reflect your artistic vision.

Thursday Feb 1st, 9:30am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (10 sessions)

$430

10 sessions

Expressive Watercolor

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Explore the fluid beauty of the watercolor medium and learn watercolor techniques.  Each session will progress to a more controlled “found” finish. There will be a strong emphasis on values and design.  Three class sessions will be taught online via Zoom and three class sessions will be taught at the Chicago Botanic Garden. All registrations must be submitted online two days before your class starts. Registered students will receive...

Saturday Jan 20th, 1–4pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

$449

6 sessions

Painting in Watercolor - Level 2

Santa Monica College

Join a class designed for those who wish to improve and guide their watercolor techniques toward a more personal and creative direction. In a supportive, constructive, and stress-free environment, learn how to achieve desired effects that will enhance previous painting attempts, and find out about effective methods for attaining more satisfying results with new projects. For class supplies please click here

Sunday Jan 7th, 2–5pm Pacific Time

 (6 sessions)

$128

6 sessions

Online Watercolor 202 - Intermediate

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Take your watercolor skills to the next level with this intermediate class at Pastimes for a Lifetime. Learn advanced techniques for texture, tone, and color layering, and discover how to create deeper, richer colors in your paintings. Perfect for artists interested in fine art or illustration.

Tuesday Dec 12th, 3–4pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

$160

4 sessions

Online Watercolor 201 - Beginner

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Discover the beauty of watercolor painting with Online Watercolor 201. Learn essential techniques, color mixing, and brushstrokes to create stunning works of art. Perfect for aspiring fine artists, illustrators, and designers.

Tuesday Dec 12th, 3–4pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

$160

4 sessions

Watercolor Painting (Beginner/Intermediate)

92nd Street Y

Discover the unique properties of watercolor as you observe still life, figures, or photographs in this engaging art class. Learn techniques of paint application and color formation, while receiving real-time feedback on your progress. Join now to explore the captivating world of watercolor painting.

Wednesday Jan 10th, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)

$330

6 sessions

Watercolor Still Life

New York School of the Arts @ Online Classroom

Learn to bring everyday objects to life in vibrant watercolor compositions at the New York School of the Arts. Sharpen your observation skills while exploring pigments, layering techniques, and more. All levels of experience are welcome in this experimental and boundary-pushing class.

Friday Feb 2nd, 10am–1pm Eastern Time

 (9 sessions)

$430

9 sessions

Watercolor Painting: Focus on Interiors

92nd Street Y

Join teacher Zach Seeger for an in-depth investigation into domestic interiors through the use of light and color. Students will work with watercolor to hone perspective and proportion, while creating paintings with atmosphere and depth. Click below for the supply list: Supply List

Monday Jan 8th, 7–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)

$285

6 sessions

Watercolor Painting: Focus on Landscapes

92nd Street Y

Discover the beauty of watercolor landscapes with artist Zach Seeger as he guides you through advanced techniques to create stunning reflections, lush forests, and captivating skies. Enhance your painting skills and explore the rich medium of watercolor in this immersive course.

Monday Feb 26th, 7–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)

$285

5 sessions

Watercolor at Home

New York School of the Arts @ Online Classroom

Experience the beauty of watercolor painting from the comfort of your own home with this course at the prestigious New York School of the Arts. Discover the art of still life, tablescape, and roomscape, while learning about light, transparency, opacity, color, and layering. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, this course offers group critiques and individual instruction to help you refine your skills.

Friday Feb 2nd, 10am–1pm Eastern Time

 (9 sessions)

$400

9 sessions

Painting the Natural World

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Discover the captivating world of watercolor as you learn to create expressive marks and mix colors to depict the beauty of nature in this online course offered by the Chicago Botanic Garden. Explore the art of painting the natural world from the comfort of your own home, and unlock the secrets to achieving sparkling and sensitive effects with watercolor. Previous experience in watercolor or a similar medium is recommended.

Wednesday Jan 10th, 1–3:30pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

$349

6 sessions

Color Mixing

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Learn to mix accurate, exciting color including the vivid, specific hues of flowers, the bright and subdued greens of leaves, and the deep, subtle colors in shadows. You will make charts for permanent reference and then apply this knowledge as you paint flowers and leaves from live specimens.  You will work in watercolor, but exercises apply to all media. A supply list will be sent.

Saturday Mar 23rd, 9am–12pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

$449

6 sessions

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Discover the Best Watercolor Classes Online

Watercolor is a popular art form that uses water-soluble paint on thick paper. Because you can dilute the paint with water, watercolor artists can create stunning art pieces that blend pale pastels with vibrant colors. It’s also suitable for detailed and abstract art pieces. 

Learning watercolor without taking a class can be difficult since many of the techniques aren’t intuitive. Watercolor classes will help students learn the basics, establish techniques, and build their own styles. The best way to learn watercolor art is by taking a watercolor class. 

Why You Should Learn Watercolor Online

Learning watercolor is a great way to explore creativity in a forgiving medium. Watercolor is a portable art style, which means you can pack up your art and paint while you travel. In addition, learning watercolor is a great way to relieve stress while staying productive in your free time. 

When you join an online class to learn watercolor painting, you can connect to a larger community and make friends with people across the country. This helps you to learn more about people who come from different backgrounds. Taking watercolor classes will also connect you to clubs, groups, and events you can participate in. 

If you’re interested in using watercolor as part of a career, watercolor classes are a great way to get started. You’ll be able to learn the basics of the art and find ways to use it to start up a small business. You can also use your new skills in watercolor painting to make gifts for friends and family. 

Virtual Watercolor Classes 

Virtual watercolor classes offer different opportunities than in-person classes. While in-person classes require you to commute, you can take online classes from the comfort of your home. Virtual classes also offer more class options and allow you to connect with people across the country. 

The downside of virtual watercolor classes is the classes rarely provide the class materials. Before the class starts, you will have to purchase the items on the class supplies list. Luckily, the materials you need for a watercolor class are inexpensive and easy to find. For individuals who want to take an online watercolor class, CorseHorse offers plenty of options. 

A great option for beginners is the Watercolor for Absolute Beginners class. This course includes six sessions and is held in an interactive online classroom. It has an average class size of 12 students, so you’ll be able to get personalized feedback from the instructor. In the beginner class, you’ll learn the basics of watercolor painting, including how to use value, color mixing, wash, wet-in-wet, and wet-over-dry.

If you’re interested in learning to paint a specific subject matter, then the Painting Seascapes with Watercolor class is a good option. The class is open to all levels of experience, from beginners to experts, and includes six class sessions. It focuses on teaching how to paint waves, surf, and peaceful vistas. 

Individuals with limited time might consider the Beginner's Intro to Watercolor Painting: Single Session class. While many classes include multiple sessions, this option is a single class that meets for two hours. You will learn the basics of watercolor, which sets the foundation for future classes. It is taught by a professional New York City artist. 

Once you’ve mastered the basics of watercolor, move on to the Watercolor Painting (Intermediate/Advanced) course. While other classes focus on teaching preliminary techniques, this class dives into helping students find inspiration for their art. As a result, students will leave the class with a better understanding of watercolor art. 

Students who prefer abstract and modern art should take the Approaches to Abstraction with Watercolor course. Over six sessions, students will explore abstract art in watercolor. The teacher will show students how to work from a mental image and create a completely unique piece of art. 

There are many unique online classes that students can consider taking to learn watercolor art. CourseHorse’s class lists are constantly improving so that students have the best options always available. 

Private Online Group Watercolor Classes

Watercolor classes provide an outlet for creativity, which makes a great team-building event for businesses and organizations. You can book a one-time online class for employees where they will learn to draw with watercolor paints. 

CourseHorse offers several watercolor classes for private groups online. For example, you can book the Virtual Watercolor Workshop class for groups of up to 255 people. It lasts for one hour and 30 minutes, making it a good option to let your employees take a break in the middle of the work day. This easy workshop allows your group to bond, connect, and release stress. Plus, to make things even easier, CourseHorse ships all of your guests the supplies they need to take the course, meaning all they need to do is show up ready to learn.

Another option is the Virtual Watercolor Georgia O’Keeffe (Materials Included) class. This course focuses on teaching students how to mimic Georgia O’Keeffe’s landscape art style, connecting flowing lines and bright colors. 

Booking with CourseHorse allows you to browse dozens of art classes in the same place. In addition, there are no booking fees with CourseHorse, which helps you to save money on the cost of classes. For more information about the art classes, visit CourseHorse today. 

Online vs. In-Person Watercolor Classes

Both online and in-person classes are great options for those interested in learning a new skill like watercolor. If you have time to travel, then in-person classes are the best option. In-person classes allow you to have 1-on-1 time with an instructor who can show you how to use the medium and tools. This hands-on instruction is especially valuable for those who are new to watercolor painting. 

However, if traveling doesn’t work for your schedule, the online classes are perfect. With an online class, you can enjoy many of the benefits of in-person classes from the comfort of your home. Plus, some online courses allow you to refer back to the video material after the class, letting you review and revisit complicated instructions. 

Although both online and in-person classes offer great resources, your final decision will depend on your personal preferences and schedule. 

Can I Learn Watercolor for Free Online?

You can learn watercolor online for free by taking advantage of free online video tutorials and online articles. These are great supplementary resources and can be beneficial in many ways. However, using these resources as the sole way to learn watercolor painting can present limited learning opportunities. Additionally, free resources won’t include feedback or personalized instruction. 

In contrast, watercolor classes will offer feedback and personalization to ensure you get the best instruction.

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