Getting Started With Watercolor - Perfect Beginner Course by Robert Joyner

Getting Started With Watercolor - Perfect Beginner Course

A complete guide for techniques, color and more.

Hi, I'm Robert Joyner

And I've created Getting Started With Watercolors for people like you that want to one ultimate online resource that covers all the basic techniques and more!
If you've always wanted to...
  • A reliable go-to source for learning beginner and intermediate techniques.
  • Stop making bad watercolor art and correct common mistakes.
  • Have access to an experienced instructor that will answer your questions.
Then this course is for you!
  • Learn the essential methods for applying watercolor.
  • Easy-to-do exercises for developing your expertise.
  • Step-by-step demonstrations.


Very free flowing and engaging style of teaching. The demonstrations are excellent. Not pedantic. Very hands on. I like it that the whole ambience is a little rough round the edges - that you realize that new and expensive material is not what counts.
Nirmalkumar Prabhu
Best class I have come across for teaching the basics of watercolor.
Anna Aspnes
If you are a beginner it gives you a bit of fear to start painting, this course will take away your fear. It has enough content, from the materials you will need, several different techniques that are usually used in all types of paints, a bit of color theory and how to use colors in watercolor, various demos to start practicing and tips very useful. I think it's the whole package to start:)
Zazil Padillia Cabrera

You'll Love The Projects

Included are easy & advanced projects that will get you started with creating your own body of watercolor paintings. 

Each project tackles specific techniques that will help you master the fundamentals before moving into advanced watercolor painting.

What's included?

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Materials & Supplies
21 mins
My Palette
3 mins
Taking Care Of Brushes
3 mins
The Basics
Common Wash Techniques
13 mins
Soften Edges
3 mins
4 mins
White Space
8 mins
5 mins
4 mins
Dry Brush Technique
4 mins
Calligraphic Strokes
4 mins
4 mins
Scraping & Scratching
3 mins
Negative Space Painting
2 mins
2 mins
Easy Projects
Mountain Ranges
17 mins
Four Pine Trees
12 mins
Misty Pine Trees
16 mins
Sailboats With Burnt Sienna
11 mins
Value Study With Sailboats
33 mins
Post Your Project?
Explore Color
Your Brushes And Paper Works Like A Sponge
11 mins
Create Simple Colorwheel
9 mins
Three Common Color Mistakes
12 mins
Create A Value & Transparency Chart
12 mins
Working Light To Dark Study
9 mins
How To Explore Colors - Easy Project
21 mins
Four Things You Need To Know About Color
7 mins
Closer Look At Tea Mixtures
19 mins
Mixture Recap
17 mins
Value & Tone VS Color Demo
12 mins
Discover Neutrals
How To Create Neutrals
9 mins
Neutral Swatch Project - Wet In Wet
7 mins
Neutral Demo No.1
14 mins
Neutral Demo 2
11 mins
Good Design Concepts
Discover The Three Main Areas - Landscapes In Focus
4 mins
Do What Others Aren't Willing To Do - Tips For Creating Backgrounds
11 mins


Are these courses live?

No. Since we have students from all over the world, it makes it impossible to schedule live courses. These courses have instructor "exclusive" pre-recorded video lessons that you can watch anytime and anywhere as long as you have high-speed Internet connection on a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

You can watch the videos in parts if you can't watch the entire video all at once. You can forward and rewind the video lessons from your instructor as often as you wish during your enrollment in the course. This is an added bonus, because everyone knows that there is no rewinding instructors information when taking a physical workshop. We made it easy for anyone in the world to learn from the very best.

Why take fine art courses online?

Your instructor, Robert Joyner, is a full time renowned artists and are passionate about teaching. All of the course material from the filming to editing has been put together for those that who want you to excel in their art journey. These courses have been designed for artists at every skill level and for the following mediums: acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. The lessons have a perfect blend of traditional fundamentals with expressive techniques.
There are many advantages:
 • Learn and engage from the privacy & comfort of your studio
 • No travel required
 • Watch course lessons 24/7, whenever it fits into your schedule
 • Fully optimized for your mobile devices so that learning on the go is easy and convenient

Do I need a fast Internet connection?

Yes – it will help alleviate frustration.  All Painthog courses stream in HD. A minimum download speed of 5.0 Mbps is recommended to stream video lessons and attend these courses.

You may check with your Internet provider (ISP) or click here to visit and test your download speed before enrolling in a course.. If your system downloads at less than 5.0 Mbps you will experience streaming video issues and this makes watching unenjoyable. 

For our international and frequent traveling students we recommend checking this handy link for internet speeds across the world to see if you'll have good connection. 

Lastly, if you can watch this video without interruption then your Internet is most likely fast enough for our courses.

Do these courses need to be viewed on desktop computer only?

No. As long as you have high-speed Internet connection our courses can be viewed on a desktop, laptop or mobile device.
We support Mac OS X & iOS plus Windows & Android operating systems.

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What level of computer knowledge will I need for the courses?

A basic level of computer understanding is needed. Our technology is simple and very easy to use! If you can browse the Internet, type in a password, play a video, upload a photo then you can easily attend our courses.

How do courses work?

Once you enroll you will have access to all available content. Courses are self-study so you can watch at your convenience. Unlike workshops courses do not involve assignments and feedback. But with some courses there may be critique videos included which means the course was once a workshop. We feel adding the critiques makes the course more educational.

Can I get a refund if I can't complete course?

No refunds are available. We offer credit to take another course when your time allows. 

How do I ask a question?

You can ask a question anytime during your enrollment in a course via comments section. This is located at the end of every lesson. Simply fill out the comment form and Robert will respond in a timely manner. It usually takes no longer than 24 hours. Once Robert replies you will be notified via email that there's a response waiting for you.