Watercolour beginners

Online learning


Welcome to my online 'Watercolour for Beginners' video course.

As a professional artist and tutor I know how important key art skills are. This course is designed to take you from the basics and on through the key skills needed to begin painting in watercolours.

The course is divided into 5 lessons and designed for the complete beginner to those with more experience who want a refresher in the core skills of watercolour painting.

As a tutor with 20 years’ experience I love introducing students to a new medium. But I also know the benefits of a refresher course for experienced watercolourists. It’s always useful to go back to the beginning to understand why and how techniques work.

Is this course for me?
Do you want to work step by step from the beginning? Understanding the equipment needed for watercolour painting, work through core skills like; paint consistency, wet on wet washes and glazing? Do you want to work on a series of simple paintings that build on these core skills? Then yes this is for you.

The course assumes you have no prior knowledge and presents each piece of information or skill in manageable lessons. Allowing you to work through at your own pace, completing each lesson and building on the previous lessons skills.

How long does the course take to complete?
There are over 3 hours of video, which can be watched and worked through in one day if you are in a rush. But I suggest you take one lesson at a time, gaining the skills and techniques in each lesson before moving on. The course is designed around my popular 5 week watercolour for beginner’s studio course so is broken down into 5 lessons for you to work through.
(This course gives you 24 hour access to the course materials for 4 months)

You will be sent an email with login details and a link to the course.

What's included in the price?

Lesson 1 – Getting started. This covers all the equipment you need, basic mark making and paint consistency.

Lesson 2 – Key skills. This shows you how to lay down different washes and encourages you to use primary colours in mixes to create a colour wheel.

Lesson 3 – Primary colour mixes. This lesson works through the previous skills learnt to show you how to paint a still life of fruit.

Lesson 4 – Landscape painting. Here you will use glazing to paint a lovely country scene.

Lesson 5 – For fun! This is all about having fun and focusing on effects. There’s also a creative painting of sea and moon using different effects.

Everything you need to set you on the road to creating your own wonderful watercolours!

And don't forget you will have access to my Student Chatroom and dedicated area to post your work and get feedback.

What you will need

You will first need to register with my Student Chatroom, where you will be given access to the course. You will be sent an email with login details and links.

To start the course you only need a means of watching each of the video lessons online.

In lesson 1 I talk you thorough all the equipment you will need to get started with watercolours. As a basic guide all you really need is a watercolour paper pad, 2 brushes and 3 tubes of watercolour paint. If you are completely new to watercolour painting then I suggest you watch the first video in lesson 1 before buying your equipment.

Can I get more support?
Yes. Once enrolled on the course you will also have access to my Student Chatroom, with a dedicated area for you to post images of your work, interact with other members and I’ll be around to give feedback and comments.

Can I let my family and friend access the course?
No. Your Log In details for online learning and digital content are for your personal use only and should not be shared. If you would like to buy the course for a group, then do contact me and I can quote you for group access.

Can I cancel and receive a refund?
Please see CraftCourses terms and conditions.
Unfortunately once access to the course has been given I am unable to give a refund.

What happens if I lose my login?
Don't panic. If you forget your password, follow the on screen instructions to reset your details.
To keep my site secure I do not have access to any passwords.
You can access the members pages through the log in links on all my Art Resources pages.


Tricia Johnson at Art with Tricia

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Fathers Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Mothers Day
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


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Fiona - - #33607

I have tried a number of watercolour courses over the years, all have been fairly disastrous to be honest as I am not in the slightest bit artistic however, this course was brilliant and I (and my family!!) are so impressed with my pictures, Trish’s instructions were really easy to follow and the results are great and I really recommend giving it a go
My only disappointment is that I didn’t get to do the last lesson as work commitments made it difficult to find the time and I hadn’t realised that the course was only available for a limited amount of time.

Response from Art with Tricia:

Thank you so much for your lovely comments and I'm so happy you found the course useful.
I am happy to extend the course so you have time to complete the last lesson. (I will contact you directly)
Thank you again for your feedback.

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John Coddington - - #32004

I was given a gift card for Xmas and chose Tricia’s online watercolours for beginners. I enjoyed all the videos and Tricia presented at a very good pace with easy to follow instructions. The projects were set at the right level of difficulty for beginners. The feedback and sharing on the student chatroom was very beneficial with good feedback and constructive ways in how to improve your work. I would recommend this course for anyone who wants to take up watercolour painting or even refresh ones memory on techniques.

Response from Art with Tricia:

I really appreciate the feedback and it's always good to know the course is pitched to the right level for students.
I'm glad you enjoyed the course and I hope to see more of your work on the Student Chatroom as you continue to build on your skills.
I'm looking forward to seeing your next work of art.

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