Contemporary Still Life with Watercolor

A course by Elisa Alcalde Castro
Artist. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined February 2020
, Artist

Learn how to paint everyday objects with watercolor, giving them new lives as works of art

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 93% Positive reviews (45)
  • 778 students
Contemporary Still Life with Watercolor

Learn how to paint everyday objects with watercolor, giving them new lives as works of art

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 93% Positive reviews (45)
  • 778 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 12 Lessons (1h 34m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

Beauty is found in the little things around you, from the mountain of books accumulated on your bedside table to the leftovers from last night's dinner. Or, at least, that is what Elisa Alcalde believes, the artist who turns the everyday objects around her into works of art.

In this course, learn how to paint contemporary still lifes with watercolor and give everyday elements a new value and meaning. Break with traditional still life patterns and apply creative painting techniques to produce unique and modern works.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Assembling the still life
  • U3
    U3. What we do to paint
  • U4
    U4. From the shadow to the end
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start by getting to know Elisa and discovering how she ended up painting with watercolor. See the work of different watercolor artists that inspire her craft, as well as some aesthetic references and her personal works.

Learn how to build a still life from the everyday objects around you and photograph them to use as a model. To do this, Elisa explains the basic concepts regarding composition. She talks to you about choosing colors and teaches you how to create a harmonic image.

After tracing the photo, prepare the paper with water and a base tone to start painting. Then, discover the importance of lights and shadows by using watercolor to achieve different shades of color and depth.

Finally, put the finishing touches on your work and wait for it to dry before applying the final details. In addition, Elisa gives you some tips on how to store your work or frame it.

What is this course's project?

Make a still life watercolor painting consisting of everyday objects set on a table.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Anyone who wishes to experiment with watercolor and enjoys finding beauty in their surroundings.

What you need

To take this course, you will not need previous knowledge of drawing or watercolor.

As for materials, make sure you have: watercolor paper, a pencil, an eraser, a glass of water, a set of watercolor paints with brushes, as well as a camera and a table with the different objects that will make up your still life.


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Elisa Alcalde Castro

A course by Elisa Alcalde Castro


After a time combining her passion for painting with a job in the communication department of a consulting firm, Elisa Alcalde now devotes herself and her energy to editing fanzines, writing and, above all, painting with watercolors. She began with precious stones and minerals, then moved onto portraits, until finally arriving at still lifes, which are the main stars of her work at the moment.

She has published over thirty fanzines, created her own publishing project, Pequeño Zine, published a book of stories, and exhibited her work on several occasions. For the past eight years, she has been painting with watercolor and publishing her work on her social media profiles.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in this course?
  • U2

    Assembling the still life

    • Choice of objects, composition and still life photography
    • Tracing and drawing on the paper
  • U3

    What we do to paint

    • Materials (densities, mixer, brushes)
    • Color and paper preparation
    • Light (part one)
    • Light (part two)
  • U4

    From the shadow to the end

    • Shadow
    • Details
    • How to store the artwork / how to frame the artwork
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Contemporary Still Life with Watercolor

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Contemporary Still Life with Watercolor. A Illustration course by Elisa Alcalde Castro

Contemporary Still Life with Watercolor

A course by Elisa Alcalde Castro
Artist. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined February 2020
  • 93% Positive reviews (45)
  • 778 students