Watercolor: The Colors of Fall

The subtly melancholic yet pleasant mood that Autumn ushers in, is accompanied by a generous palette of vibrant, glorious colors that triggers in artists a chromatic fit and an excuse to raid the art store searching for those elusive red hues, shades of yellow orange, stormy blue-violet grays.

In the 6 sessions of this online watercolor course, we will enjoy exploring a great variety of chromatic possibilities as we paint watercolor landscapes from photographic references that I will provide.

Each session will start with a small study, where we will analyze our subject establishing what palette to use and finding color harmonies, practice what technique is best suited to obtain a certain effect, study the composition.

This essential step is a great learning opportunity for practicing color mixing, various painting techniques, making aesthetic decisions and editing the original reference as needed.

The initial quick watercolor studies will be followed by the creation of final paintings in larger size, with the objective of creating finished Artworks that could contribute to your body of work.

In addition to practicing various techniques and painting approaches, we will also discuss a variety of colors that, for now, I am not including in the basic materials list you find below.


  • Paint: cadmium red medium, alizarine crimson, cadmium yellow lemon, cadmium yellow medium, earth red, (Indian red, Venetian red or burnt Sienna) yellow ochre, ultramarine blue, ultramarine violet, black, burnt umber, sepia, cobalt blue, cobalt violet, sap green, Hooker’s green, and any other colors you might already have
  • Paper: a pad (12” by 16” or so of cold press paper.
  • Brushes: #2 and #8 or 10, round. You can use synthetic or natural sables (Kolinsky or red sable), a flat, synthetic brush, about ¾ “will do.

Availability of Courses' Recordings

As part of the services offered by the New Renaissance Atelier, you will have access to the recordings of the video sessions of all the courses you purchased for one year.
You will find the links to the videos in your Personal Video Library that has been set up specifically for you. Please keep this Video library link on your desktop or in your browser for easy access.

In case You missed a course You are interested in, You can purchase the recording of the video sessions, by clicking on the menu above

roberto osti
roberto osti
Roberto Osti teaches figure drawing and human anatomy for artists at the New York Academy of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Formally trained as a medical illustrator before becoming a fine artist, Osti has contributed his work to many science and art publications. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Europe and the United States. He is the author of Basic Human Anatomy (2016), an art instruction best seller and classic reference book. His latest book , Dynamic Human Anatomy has been released in March 2021.
Watercolor: the Colors of Fall
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