Watercolor with the Masters: Figures in Landscape


ZOOM COURSE | Monday | Number of Lessons: 5 | 11/28/2022 - 12/26/2022 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST

Figures in Landscape is back! This 5 week, online course, picks up from where the first edition of Figures and Landscape was left off: there is plenty more beautiful artworks by great artists that can inspire us and we can copy.
The paintings of the Artists I picked for this course, Homer, Zorn, Wyeth, Sargent, have in common a quick, energetic and expressive style. Practicing copying these works will helpus 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 Winslow Homer)

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