Advanced Watercolor - Design & Composition by Robert Joyner

Advanced Watercolor - Design & Composition

How to plan a painting using smart design methods.

Tips On How To Master The Art Of Watercolor

In this class you will learn a smart way to approach complex landscape and cityscape subjects.

When you are finished with these lessons you will realize that the finished painting is a result of the preparation you put into it before the paint hits the paper.

It's all about simplifying the process so you can let the medium do the work for you!

What you will learn

  • How to plan your art correctly using proper design techniques. Saves you time and money.
  • What are the three main layers and what they mean for the design.
  • Where to place details and where to leave them out.
  • Practical design concepts to simplify complex scenes.
  • How to utilize the middle ground and foreground areas.


Great news! A second step-by-step video demo is now available. Double the learning and fun!

What you get

  • 15 detailed tutorials
  • 2 uncut demonstration for finished painting
  • 2 critique videos on how to fix common issues
  • lifetime access to watch whenever you wish

Who is this for?

Intermediate and advanced watercolor artists that want to explore more complex painting subjects & techniques.

Materials needed

22"x15" Cold press watercolor paper (Dick Blick brand)
Masking Tape, Two water reservoirs, Spray/Mister bottle
Watercolor Hues
Ultramarine blue, Cobalt blue, Cerulean blue, Alizarin crimson, Cadmium red deep, Cadmium orange, Yellow ochre, Burnt Sienna, Lemon yellow, Viridian green, Cadmium orange, Neutral tint, White gouache
Squirrel Mop; #8, #5, Pointed Round; #12, Needle #8, Kolinsky #12 Optimo Escoda

Click here if you need assistance on where to purchase materials

Recent Feedback

Good hands on tutorial for that loose watercolor landscape you've always wanted to achieve. Highly recommend.
Nitika Alé
All of Robert's workshops are top notch.
LA Colbeck
What a fan-tas-tic teacher and workshop! I just stumbled on it at the right time myself feeling the artist's block and being stuck. The teacher has a great understanding of artist struggles. This teaching helped me to loosen my mind. The workshop made me smile. Thank you!
Mari-Liis Link

What's included?

Video Icon 22 videos Text Icon 4 text files


Getting Started
Material List & Purchase Info
Asset Images
Discover The Three Main Spaces
Three Main Spaces In Finished Painting
12 mins
Three Spaces Explained In Finished Painting
4 mins
Closer Look At Backgrounds
Lesson Three: Closer Look At Backgrounds
12 mins
Lesson Four: Refine Your Details
10 mins
(NEW) How To Paint Backgrounds With Watercolor
11 mins
Artist Gallery - Assignment One
Feedback One
20 mins
What You Need To Know About Middle Grounds
How To Create Middle Grounds
13 mins
Develop Good Middle Ground Designs
19 mins
Closer Look At Foregrounds
13 mins
Finished Painting Demonstration
Getting Started - Materials
4 mins
Design Layout With Pencil
6 mins
First Wash
6 mins
Second Wash
10 mins
Third Wash
14 mins
Fourth Wash
11 mins
Artist Gallery - Final Assignment
Critique - Final Assignment
17 mins
Bonus; Second Demonstration
Materials List & Purchase Links
3 mins
The Design
5 mins
First Wash
5 mins
Second Wash
10 mins
Third Wash
14 mins
Fourth Wash
6 mins


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

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.

How do workshops work?

Workshops are ten day courses and lessons will release every few days. Be sure to check out the get prepared notes so that you have everything you need to participate..

How do I ask a question?

You can ask a question anytime during your enrollment in a course. Your instructor will be as interactive as he can, so ask away. Remember, the instructor receive a lot of questions so be patient if they don't respond right away especially when it comes to communicating over different time zones.

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. 

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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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. 


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