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The Art of Watercolor: Paint Your Vision of the World

A course by David Poxon
Watercolor Artist. Bridgnorth, United Kingdom.
Joined June 2021
, Watercolor Artist

Explore watercolor techniques to create shadows, textures, and atmospheres that capture the essence of your surroundings

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  • 100% positive reviews (303)
  • 5195 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Explore watercolor techniques to create shadows, textures, and atmospheres that capture the essence of your surroundings

  • 100% positive reviews (303)
  • 5195 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 21 lessons (3h 50m)
  • Available on the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

The ancient medium of watercolor let’s you connect with pigments that come from the very earth we walk on. Watercolor artist David Poxon specializes in creating watercolor paintings inspired by the world around him. As well as exhibiting his art, he runs watercolor workshops, and has won more than 80 major painting awards for his work.

In this course, he teaches you the basics of working with watercolors before diving into a world of special techniques to elevate your artwork. Paint an ancient stone cottage, complete with shadows, textures, and a welcoming atmosphere. Are you ready to illustrate your own beautiful vision of the world with watercolors?

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. David’s Watercolour World
  • U3
    U3. Stairway to Watercolour Heaven
  • U4
    U4. Window in a Cottage
  • U5
    U5. Your Future Starts Here
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin the course by getting to know watercolor artist David Poxon. He talks through his career as an artist which has taken him all over the world, along with the influences which inspire him and the work he creates.

Familiarize yourself with the materials needed for this course from watercolor paints, to brushes, and a pipette. David then shows you his multi-layering and watercolor wash methods, along with his tips and tricks for creating the illusion of texture.

Learn how to find a subject for your painting and gather information needed to inspire it. Then discover how to transfer your chosen reference image onto watercolor paper, including only the necessary elements of the scene. Find out how to preserve white paper using scrap paper, masking tape, and more.

Time to start painting! Apply your first wash before building up layers of texture using the techniques covered earlier in the course. Then move on to the second and third wash, incorporating more texture and techniques as you go. Develop the window area of your painting by mixing colors and layers to achieve tonal depth, before putting the finishing details to your artwork.

Explore how to store your finished paintings to keep them in their best condition. Then, to finish the course, see how to prepare your work for exhibitions or sharing on social media.

What is this course's project?

Paint an ancient stone cottage using a variety of different watercolor techniques.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in creating watercolor paintings inspired by the world around them.

Requirements and materials

Previous experience with watercolors would be useful but is not essential.

In terms of materials, you will need watercolor paints, brushes, watercolor paper, and other materials specified by the teacher in this course.


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David Poxon

A course by David Poxon

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David Poxon is a watercolor artist from England. He first began painting at just five years old when his grandmother gave him his first tin of paint. Since then, he’s been on a creative journey that’s taken him all over the world, from the Far East to South America.

His work has been showcased in solo and group exhibitions and he has won more than 80 major painting awards. Alongside the artwork he creates, David teaches watercolor painting and hosts events including the International Watercolor Masters Exhibitions. He is an elected member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolors and the National Watercolor Society of America. He has also written several books, his latest of which, Watercolor, Heart & Soul, has become a bestseller.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    David’s Watercolour World

    • Special Techniques 2
    • Special Techniques 1
    • Multi Colourway Layering Technique and Multi Glazing
    • Watercolour Foundations 2
    • Watercolour Foundations 1
    • Tools and Materials for the Course
    • Introduction to Watercolour
  • U3

    Stairway to Watercolour Heaven

    • Colour
    • Masking and Preserving
    • Transfer Your Subject
    • Subject Hunting
  • U4

    Window in a Cottage

    • Building to the Finish 2
    • Building to the Finish 1
    • The Window 2
    • The Window 1
    • Building the Layers
    • The First Washes on the Wall
  • U5

    Your Future Starts Here

    • Sharing Your Work
    • Caring for Watercolour
  • FP

    Final project

    • Mastering watercolour techniques

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The Art of Watercolor: Paint Your Vision of the World

A course by David Poxon
Watercolor Artist. Bridgnorth, United Kingdom.
Joined June 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (303)
  • 5195 students