Atmospheric Landscapes in Watercolor

A course by Christian Koivumaa
Watercolor Artist. Katrineholm, Sweden.
Joined February 2021
, Watercolor Artist

Learn watercolor techniques that explore pigments, washes, and textures to capture the atmosphere of natural landscapes

  • 429 students
  • Audio: English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
Atmospheric Landscapes in Watercolor

Learn watercolor techniques that explore pigments, washes, and textures to capture the atmosphere of natural landscapes

  • Available from October 18, 2021
  • 429 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

With watercolors, you can create textures that no other material can replicate. Watercolor artist Christian Koivumaa uses the medium to paint captivating landscapes filled with feeling. His work, which he shares with over 20K followers on Instagram, has been exhibited in leading galleries around Sweden.

In this course, Christian teaches you how to use watercolors to paint evocative scenes inspired by the natural world around you. Learn to explore lighting and depth to capture the mood of a landscape. Are you ready to turn blank pages into unique watercolor paintings?

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Learn to Know the Medium
  • U3
    U3. Paint a Landscape Painting
  • U4
    U4. Options for the Finished Painting
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Begin by getting to know watercolor artist Christian Koivumaa. He talks through the journey which led him from being a karate champion to an artist. Hear about the influences which inspire him and his work.

Discover the supplies needed to create watercolor paintings. Then look at how to work with pigments and their characteristics. Dive into the different watercolor techniques you can use to achieve different effects, from smooth edges to ‘lifting paint’. Christian shares how he plans his painting process to help you find inspiration for your artwork.

Begin your landscape painting, starting with the pencil sketch, using a photo as a reference. Add masking tape to your drawing before applying your first wash with three different hues to set the mood for your scene. Move on to the second wash, adding darker values for depth and drama/intrigue. Then it’s time to work on the foreground and focal point before putting the finishing touches to your piece.

To wrap up the course, Christian talks you through how to digitize your painting, so it’s ready to share on social media. Finally, hear about the different options for framing and storing your finished artwork to maintain its condition.

What is this course's project?

Paint an atmospheric landscape using a variety of different watercolor techniques.

Who is it for?

Anyone with an interest in using watercolors to create atmospheric landscapes.

What you need

This course is for beginner and intermediate painters.

In terms of materials, you will need brushes, watercolor paper, a hairdryer, a pencil, an eraser, masking tape, and other materials specified by the teacher in this course.

Christian Koivumaa

A course by Christian Koivumaa

Watercolor Artist

Christian Koivumaa is an artist who specializes in watercolor landscapes. He grew up in Sweden, surrounded by his father’s oil-painted landscape paintings and , although he spent much of his free time sketching, Christian first committed himself to a career in sports. After nine Swedish karate championships, an injury forced him to quit and rediscover his love of watercolor as a creative outlet.

Since then, he’s spent the last 12 years developing his unique technique which has seen him become one of the top-selling artists in Sweden and have his work exhibited at leading galleries. Christian also shares his work with over 20K followers on Instagram and teaches watercolor painting to others who are interested in the art.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Learn to Know the Medium

    • Materials
    • How to Work with Pigments
    • Watercolor Techniques
    • Picking a Motive and Making a Plan
  • U3

    Paint a Landscape Painting

    • The Sketch
    • First Wash
    • Second Wash
    • Focal Point
    • Finishing Touches
  • U4

    Options for the Finished Painting

    • Digitalize
    • Framing and Storing
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Atmospheric landscapes in watercolor

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Atmospheric Landscapes in Watercolor . A Illustration course by Christian Koivumaa

Atmospheric Landscapes in Watercolor

A course by Christian Koivumaa
Watercolor Artist. Katrineholm, Sweden.
Joined February 2021
  • 429 students