Step 1. Preparation for painting

Ksenia takes you through all the important information you need before you start painting. Tools, materials, and arranging your workspace are all included.

Step 2. Techniques and skills

Ksenia demonstrates brush strokes and all of the important pigment application techniques and provides clear instruction on why these skills and techniques are the foundation of your future success with watercolor.

Step 3. Putting it all together

Ksenia will show you how to use all your new skills and knowledge to create vibrant art. She will show you the entire painting process from planning to signature.

Angela S.

"Really enjoyed this course. The instructor is obviously very experienced and knowledgeable and gave good examples and demonstrations of the technique she has developed. I found this technique very well suited to the way I like to work, from the general to the particular and much more fun to do, especially when using colour. In fact, I got so much out of it, I even bought another of her courses before I had finished this one! Highly recommended."

Sandra F.

This class was just what i needed to have some questions answered and stop me from getting art supplies hastily. also...Although i am new in the painting journey and am observing many styles and hundreds of artists thru instagram and skillshare... i know i am seeking a handful of unique mentors who can ignite my passion to help me find my own fluid expression. Ksenia’s class provides that inspiration and also important tips on subject matter. Her classes speak to my heart. I plan to watch them all regardless of my beginner status!! She has moved up the rung to become one of my favourite teachers

Sam K.

Very exciting!!! I’am just a beginner. Very useful class for beginners like me. Excellent explanations. Very nice to get such nice bonuses as well. I’ll be awaiting for next class from Ksenia.

Inna A.

This is a well organized course that was very useful for me. I especially liked the section on painting the illusion of volume as I have problems with this sometimes. Ksenia is a great instructor and provides easy to follow instructions and demonstrations. Thank you Ksenia!

Amy M.

"All of this, along with your watercolor pallet advise gave me the courage and even deeper desire needed for me to move forward... that I JUST signed up for your Zero to Watercolor Hero Class!   I am so excited!!! Thank you!!!! 💞🙏🏻😇"

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Setup for painting

This lesson explains what materials you need to paint watercolors and gives some advice on how to setup your workspace for maximum efficiency.

More about watercolor paper

What is watercolor paper, how is it made, what are it's properties and how to choose it wisely.

Watercolor pigments

This lesson explains different characteristics of watercolor pigments and talks about building your palette - from minimal to expanded - without drowning in the sea of choices.

More about watercolor palettes

This lesson describes different types of watercolor palettes and the best way to organize them.

After you are done painting

What to do after each painting session to make your tools serve you as long as possible.

Wet on dry application technique

This lesson explains the first fundamental technique of watercolor - painting wet on dry.

Wet on wet application technique

The wet on wet application technique explained in this lesson makes watercolor the unique medium that it is.

How to mix the color  you need

This lesson talks about the different ways we can achieve the color we need when painting with watercolor. Fairly limited color palette described in this course does not mean limited color choices!

Painting with neutral colors

In this demonstration we continue talking about mixing colors. This lesson concentrates on how to mix neutral colors even if we don't have earth-tone pigments.

How to show white: masking

A demonstration on preserving white in the painting with masking fluid.

How to show white: negative painting

A very important technique that works for painting white, like petals of a daisy, as well as for many other subjects.

How to show white: opaque medium

This lesson introduces white opaque mediums. This is a super versatile technique that greatly speeds up and simplifies the watercolor painting process.

Painting the illusion of volume

This lesson explains how to create the illusion of volume on a flat sheet of paper. Types of light and shadow are explained and demonstrated. The lesson also talks about the role of color temperature in the 3-dimensionality of painting.

Painting compelling art

This lesson talks about the building blocks of a beautiful piece of art: composition, design, balance, color harmony. The demonstration in the lesson also talks about the process of evaluating the results and how to determine when the painting is finished.

Full painting process

This demonstration shows application of all the techniques in this course to a finished pieces of art using a sunflower as an example.

Meet your instructor

My name is Ksenia Annis, I am an internationally known artist and art teacher. My art can be found in public spaces around the US and in several private collections.

My focus is on helping other artists improve their artistic abilities, giving them tools to achieve their art goals, to find inspiration and courage to create. My art classes are for people who are serious about improving their skills but not interested in a rigid academic setting. I teach through simple but effective demonstrations and exercises and work mostly with water media: watercolor, gouache, and acrylic.

Through my teaching experience, I am privileged to connect with thousands of artists worldwide, who, in their turn, help me to continue learning and growing as an artist.

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Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for anyone from the absolute beginner to those who may have some experience with watercolors but are seeking a firm foundation in the fundamentals of watercolor painting. After taking it you will have the knowledge to paint ANYTHING.

Don't take this course, if...

You are not interested in realistic style painting, but prefer more stylized, illustration style. Or you don't have the time or desire to practice the techniques and skills, but are interested in quick and easy-to-complete painting projects.

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From Zero to Watercolor Hero

  • Immediate access to all class lessons
  • One Year Access to Ksenia's Watercolor Heroes Community
  • One Year Access to ALL Live Paint Along Sessions with Ksenia including access to video replays
  • Support directly from Ksenia. You can post your questions in the community chat or talk directly with Ksenia during Paint Along sessions.