Why This Course Is Unique

To learn to paint, there are three basic formats available: classes, books, and videos.  I carefully considered the advantages of each of these when designing this course and tried to include the advantages of each one by offering the following features in the course:

  • Everything is filmed in ultra-high definition and compressed to reasonable bit rates and sizes to maintain extremely high quality video.

  • Every beginner to beginning-intermediate painting also has written step-by-step instructions so that users can review specific parts of the painting without having to watch the entire video again.

  • Users can submit their paintings to me for one-on-one advice and tips.

  • Users have two different subscription options, and they can view any video in their subscription at any time to customize their learning.

Until now, there has never been a comprehensive online watercolor course that offers all these elements.

The details about this idea are below:

When I first began trying to learn watercolor, there were two basic methods: books or classes.  There were a few VHS watercolor videos, but they weren’t really courses; rather just demos of one or two paintings.  Even when CD ROMS and DVD’s became available, it was (and still is) very hard to fit a comprehensive course with decent video onto them.  With the advent and advancement of the internet, we now have the ability to stream virtually unlimited amounts extremely high quality video.   So as I set out to create this course, I thought about the advantages and disadvantages of all of these methods:

Classes

Advantages: 

  • Hands-on-instruction and custom feedback

Disadvantages:

  • Finding a teacher is quite hard for many people. The odds of them being a good teacher are very slim.

  • You learn at a slow pace, since you meet usually once per week, or once per day at an expensive academic institute.

  • No customization of learning.  Usually just the pre-designated lesson for that session

Books

Advantages:

  • Written instruction that you can refer to.  This allows you to review specific parts of lessons quickly.

  • Customization of learning.  You can do any lesson you want.

Disadvantages:

  • Lack of space to really include a comprehensive course

  • Not being able to observe the painting process

  • There are almost no books about watercolor that offer quality instruction.  There are a scant few, and I have links to them in the resources section.  For the most part, however, the instruction in watercolor books is pretty dismal. 

Video

Advantages:

  • Able to see the whole painting process

  • Usually able to choose your lessons to customize your learning

Disadvantages:

  • Hard to review specific parts of lesson because nothing is written

  • Quality Videos with sound fill CD ROM’s and DVD’s extremely fast; a full course with high-quality video would take dozens of DVD’s.

So in creating this course, I wanted to combine the advantages of all of these.  That is why I made these decisions when designing this course:

  • Everything is filmed in ultra-high definition and compressed to reasonable bit rates and sizes to maintain extremely high quality video.

  • Every painting also has written step-by-step instructions so that users can review specific parts of the painting without having to watch the entire video again.

  • Users can submit their paintings to me for one-on-one advice and tips.

  • Users have two different subscription options, and they can view any video in their subscription at any time to customize their learning.

This hits almost every advantage of every method, and counters almost every disadvantage.

Until now, there has been no other complete and comprehensive online watercolor course that offers all of these elements.