Expressive Painting in Watercolour

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Expressive Painting in Watercolour

    Teacher Information


    Michael Solovyev is an art director, illustrator, fine art painter and designer of architecture, theater sets and costumes. He has 12 years of professional experience, has won numerous awards and his fine artwork is featured in public and private collections in 10 different countries. For nearly a decade he's been transmitting his classical European art education to up-and-coming artists through teaching engagements in Canada and in his native Russia.

    Course Outline

    Week 1 - Understand how to work with the basic materials and paper types for watercolour painting. Learn how to prepare your materials and apply the basic techniques to, step-by-step, create a watercolour painting from life, under the guidance of the instructor.

    Week 2 - Become proficient setting up your palette, filling colour evenly and using gradients, colour wheels and tables. Learn how to paint effectively with the flat, graded wash and wet-in-wet technique

    Week 3 - Understand how to plan your painting and make proper use of negative space while you acquire proficiency in three basic watercolour painting techniques.

    Week 4 - Learn how to create quick sketches in watercolour while working on a series of studies from life. Understand how to use the glazing technique and overlapping colours.

    Week 5 - Learn how to use masking fluid, bublbles, blow and splashing to create some of the 'magical effects' possible with watercolour painting. Begin the ''Four Seasons'' landscape project.

    Week 6 - Acquire skill in dry brush and spray techniques. Receive master coaching on your ''Four Seasons'' landscape project.

    Week 7 - Understand how to properly work out the details and apply the finishing touches using a thin brush. Acquire the best methods to finish, protect, frame and store your watercolour painting.

    Week 8 - Become proficient in the basic techniques for watercolour painting and learn how to take advantage of the special properties of different paper types and materials.

    Weeks 9-10 - Use all the techniques and methods learned in this class to complete your final projects while receiving one-on-one feedback and correction from the instructor.


    Mondays from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Date of first class: September 28th

    Duration: 10 weeks

    You can register at the bottom-left of this page.



    The beauty of water media lies in its calligraphic immediacy, luminous color, and relative speed and spontaneity.

    This ten week course will introduce artists to the excitement of painting in watercolor.

    Explore the joy of creating expressive and lively paintings.

    Master painter Michael Solovyev will teach you his process for creating expressive and dynamic paintings with a fresh and contemporary feel. You will also learn how to combine different materials, methods and techniques to achieve the magical effects that are possible in watercolour painting.

    You will become proficient in edge softening, controlling wet-in-wet, flat and graded washes and using the glazing, lifting off and spray techniques. By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge and skills required to create magical, luminous and stunning watercolour paintings.


    This class is a level 2, or intermediate class. Drawing from Life or equivalent experience (having a foundation in the basics or realistic drawing, such as basic perspective, proportion and shading) is required.

    Language requirements: You need at least intermediate level English to take this class (the teacher will use many visual examples and there will usually be students in the class who speak French and can help you if you don't understand something).


    This popular second level/intermediate painting class tends to fill up well before the deadline, so register early!  $475. $430.

    *Late Registration Deadline: Wednesday September 23rd at 11:59 P.M.


    • Learn a simple, fun, fast and forgiving method for watercolour painting that you can use with live models, photographic reference or plein-air landscape/architectural work.
    • Understand how to prepare your painting so you can work quickly, spontaneously and freely, taking advantage of happy accidents, expressing mood and atmosphere while preserving realism and accuracy.

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