Watercolor with the Masters: Figures and Landscape

This 6 week, online course is dedicated to paint a variety of copies of watercolors by masters like Anders Zorn, John Singer Sargent, Andrew Wyeth and more, depicting landscapes, figures and figures in landscape, a good way to practice two very important subjects for the price of one!

The paintings of the artist I picked for this course have in common a is quick, energetic, and expressive style. Practicing copying this style, will help us to develop essential painting qualities, such as control of the brushstroke, paint flow, chroma, textural effect, effective composition. This course is also a good occasion to practice painting the figure in a landscape setting, and introduce the human elements in our personal artworks.


  • A palette including about 20 colors will be more than sufficient, here is a list of colors you want to have: Cadmium red medium, alizarine crimson, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium yellow lemon (yellow lemon), sap green, Hooker’s green, viridian, yellow, ochre (or gold ochre), burnt sienna (and-or English red-red ochre), sepia, black, titanium white gouache.
  • Also useful: cobalt violet, ultramarine violet, Sheveningen blue and blue gray by Old Holland, burnt umber. You can also bring any colors you already have.
  • Brushes: one # 12-16 synthetic round brush; one # 2 synthetic round brush, one synthetic, flat brush, about ¾”. You can also buy a # 8 Kolinsky sable brush, they are excellent but very expensive. Winsor and Newton are probably the best but Raphael and Eskoda make really good Kolinsky brushes at a more affordable price.
  • Watercolor paper: a pad of Arches paper (or Winsor and Newton, or Fabriano), cold press, 11” by 14” will be sufficient. You can also buy full sheets of watercolor paper and cut them to size.
  • Graphite pencil HB-B, kneaded eraser, pencil sharpener.
  • Paper tissue and a container for all the supplies.
  • Pen and ink, brown or black, or a thin marker, also brown or black.

(artwork by Anders Zorn)


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.
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