Watercolor is a versatile painting medium for a wide range of expression from representational paintings to loose and fluid abstracts. This bundle of courses was created for you, the first-time watercolor artist, maybe you haven’t picked-up a brush in a few years or you are looking for a few tips. Join Dale L Popovich IWS as he walks you through what it takes to create a powerful watercolor all in the comfort of your own studio.
All three courses are landscapes. Dale tells his studio students to start with landscapes, because nature is forgiving and an excellent learning tool. If your placement of a branch on a tree and it is a little off most likely no one will notice. But if you are painting a portrait and don’t get the proportions spot on well, you will have a less than desirable result. Adding to the mix you are learning a new medium – working with wet-on-wet and dry-on-wet techniques, handling your brushes and learning timing. Portraits, animals and flowers will come in due time. Painting landscapes helps quickly build your confidence.
All three courses include:
• Materials in PDF and JPG format
• Popovich’s personal Material List
• Photo Reference
Learn the Basic Principles of Watercolor
Dale walks through the essential information regarding brushes, paints, papers, and additional supplies. From there he will take you through the three phases of painting a watercolor as a Paint-Along. You will watch the video and then recreate what he did on the video. This subject is a rural autumn scene in Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We recommend you start with this course.
Learn How to Paint in Watercolor – An Alaskan Farmstead Landscape Paint-Along
As in all Dale’s courses he will have you start to think about your painting before you apply a single brush stroke. Throughout this course he will share his personal Artist’s Notes. He will discuss The Four Basic Principles of Painting which is key for a successful watercolor painting. This course is done as a Paint-Along. He will introduction you to aerial perspective – making objects and background recede and foreground come forward. Learn how to lay down rich, intense fluid colors and techniques in blending, lifting and glazing colors. Finally, Dale will share how to create special effects without using your brush.
I-Hour Limited Color Watercolor Demo: Hope, Alaska Landscape
Dale gives an insight into the watercolor techniques that creates a successful paintings and along with focusing on the use of transparent watercolors in a landscape scene.
Dale discusses how to start a painting, limited color palette, where you can simplify, and take liberties, and much, much more. He will share his watercolor painting tips & techniques, explaining how to gain real control in wet-in-wet and dry-on-dry blending and not overworking your painting.
Dale will help you to get to know your watercolors and give you the confidence to paint impressive work in this wonderful medium all in the comfort of your own studio.
All three courses have a Comments Area at the bottom of each lesson so you can post your watercolor questions and we also offer a private Facebook page.
Observer. Artist. Watercolorist. Dale L. Popovich IWS is an award-winning watercolorist, teacher and signature member of the Illinois Watercolor Society who is passionate about capturing the raw beauty of the American landscape with the fluid stroke of a brush. Talent and training aside, it's Dale's vision that best informs his work. Temporarily blinded at age 20 for 1-1/2 years, Dale learned to rely on his mind's eye to sustain him. After a nine hour major brain surgery removing a cyst on his optic nerve, he had to learn how to walk, talk and write again. With vision finally restored, he discovered he could see more clearly than before, easily filtering out the visual “noise” around him to focus on a subject's essentials. His paintings began to reflect a certain purity of perception, and this “way of seeing” became the hallmark of his painting.
Spending his childhood summers in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, Dale learned to love its colors, textures, denizens and moods. Today, his paintings celebrate these American landscapes and man's humble efforts to tame it.
Trained at The American Academy of Art in Chicago by Director, President, Irving Shapiro, AWS. Dale was deeply inspired by this great American twentieth-century Master Watercolorist. Dale later taught for many years at The American Academy of Art.
Currently, he teaches at the prestigious Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago,Mainstreet Art Center, Lake Zurich, IL, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL and in his own studio. Through his 36+ years of professional teaching drawing and painting techniques and skills, Dale has taught over 2000 students – mentoring many who are successful, accomplished artists teaching them to truly see. Now, he is bringing all his vast knowledge to Towering Winds Academy of Fine Arts.
Dale is a member of the Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Brown County Art Gallery Artists Association, Indiana Heritage Arts, Illinois Watercolor Society and Illiana Artists. Devoted to both painting and teaching, Dale Popovich's work hangs in collections around the country. You can view more about Dale at DalePopovich.com.
I have been an art instructor for over 39+ years and firmly believe that it’s important for the artist to know the fundamentals of art, drawing, composition, perspective and color theory. It is only with this grounding in basics that the artist can give full play to his or her imagination, and depart from reality (either a little or a lot) to create the mood he or she is seeking to convey. After all, it is imagination coupled with skill and craftsmanship that is the key for any artist. Imagination is the child within all of us and cannot be lost.