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Watercolor 101

with Molly Murrah

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  •   03 Basic Introduction

    04:30
  •   04 Paint and Paint Properties

    35:33
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About The Class

all things watercolor.

Learn about color, papers, brushes, drawing and composition in this complete guide to watercolor. Molly Murrah teaches painting techniques that will help you create your own special works of art.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class

    1:11:27
  2. 02

    Q&A

    35:31
  3. 03

    Basic Introduction

    04:30
  4. 04

    Paint and Paint Properties

    Paint is a complex product - learn more about what goes into watercolors and what that means for the artist.

    35:33
  5. 05

    Understanding Color

    08:06
  6. 06

    Hue: The Color Wheel

    14:16
  7. 07

    Mixing Colors

    15:56
  8. 08

    Other Color Terms

    17:07
  9. 09

    Light and Shadows

    03:14
  10. 10

    Layering and Glazing

    06:19
  11. 11

    Homework

    07:47
  12. 12

    Q&A

    08:15
  13. 13

    Watercolor Papers

    23:36
  14. 14

    Paper Characteristics

    34:12
  15. 15

    Watercolor Brushes

    19:15
  16. 16

    Basic Brush Techniques

    32:32
  17. 17

    Putting It All Together

    09:28
  18. 18

    Q&A

    07:08
  19. 19

    Drawing for Painting

    1:03:45
  20. 20

    Proportion and Perspective

    06:41
  21. 21

    Good Composition

    29:16
  22. 22

    Last Class Preparation

    05:40
  23. 23

    Q&A

    09:10
  24. 24

    Introduction

    06:29
  25. 25

    Creating Textures

    19:45
  26. 26

    Other Fun Techniques

    33:13
  27. 27

    Reserving Whites and Lifting

    53:13
  28. 28

    Things to Remember

    21:54

Meet Your Expert

Molly Murrah

Molly Murrah began painting in watercolor 20 years ago on an excursion to Greece. To date, she has exhibited in many national and international shows, and has won several awards. She is a past President and currently involved volunteer for the Northwest Watercolor Society, an international organization and one of the top watercolor societies in the country. ... read more

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88% of students recommend this class.
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  • user-9ba4d8

    March 2018

    I would also recommend this class with some hesitation. This course is a broad and sweeping overview of watercolor painting. It is a good reference course and I will probably be treated like a reference book for watercolors. The skills we covered were valuable. It was beneficial to hear about the watercolor artists that Molly enjoyed and to have a list. The exercises were appropriate. I would recommend this course to someone who likes to know all the details of things before getting started. If you are someone that wants to jump right in this may be frustrating. Obviously, I am the latter. A few suggestions from my perspective....limit the product pushing. The references to Daniel Smith were off putting. I will try to avoid purchasing their products at all costs even if they are the best. It was very difficult to get access to the paint colors that she wanted us to have as some of the names are slightly different than what is available to me locally. I have already taken a beginner color watercolor course which I loved!! If I had not taken that course I probably would have been lost here. In that course(also online) we finished a project for every 10 minute lesson. I learned the basic technique's and it was FUN! I wish this class had more projects to practice that can be completed by a beginner and intermediate. Portraits seem like a large undertaking and it would be helpful to build confidence with smaller and simpler projects. I just felt a little discouraged. Molly is very talented and the work she shared was very thoughtful and showed incredible skill! I am very thankful that she took the time to teach the class and share her knowledge.

  • Creativelive Student

    March 2015

    This course was fabulous. Molly is a great artist/teacher. Her instruction has really unleashed my creativity and given me confidence to create.

  • jennymak

    March 2014

    Looks like a really fun class! I'll take it soon!

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