Learn the Basic Principles of Watercolor

Create a watercolor painting you will be proud to share with your family and friends this week


Watercolor is a versatile painting medium for a wide range of expression from representational paintings to loose and fluid abstracts. This course 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 me as I walk you through what it takes to create a powerful watercolor all in the comfort of your own studio.

This course is done as a Paint-Along. You will learn:
- Start thinking about your painting before you put down a single brush stroke
- Dale Popovich’s personal Artist’s Notes
- What makes a good work space or studio
- The importance of a Value Study and how to do it the right way
- How to prepare your watercolor paper
- Best supplies to get the job done
- Step-by-step instruction
- Find out how to lay rich, intense color down fearlessly
- Techniques of blending color and glazing
- Learn how to get the right results
- PLUS fun, special effects with the medium

Course includes:
- Materials in PDF format
- Popovich’s personal supply list
- Printable Photo Reference
- Printable Value Study
- Dale’s Pencil Sketch on Watercolor Paper
- 6 Paint-Along demonstration video lessons (over an hour)
- Printable steps #1 and #2 of paintings
Final printable finished (step #3) painting

Video Lessons:
- Before You Pick-Up Your Brush: part 1 (10:00 minutes)
- Before You Pick-Up Your Brush: part 2 (10:00 minutes)
- STEP #1: The Block-In (13:06)
- STEP # 2: Establishing Secondary Masses (14:45)
- STEP # 3: Final Details (12:09)
- STEP # 3: part 2: Final Details (13:47)

- Comments area to post your watercolor questions

Your Instructor

Dale L Popovich IWS
Dale L Popovich IWS
Observer. Artist. Watercolorist. Dale L. Popovich IWS is an award-winning watercolorist and teacher 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. By age 20 he lost 80% of his eyesight. 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 and write again. With vision finally restored, he discovered he could see more clearly than before, efficiently 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 – developed his holistic approach to watercolor. 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 and President, Irving Shapiro, AWS, Dale was deeply inspired by this great American twentieth-century watercolorist. Dale later taught for 22 years at The American Academy of Art.

Currently, Dale teaches at the prestigious Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago. The Palette & Chisel is an association of representational artists, founded in Chicago in 1895. It is the second oldest artist organization in the United States. He also teaches at Mainstreet Art Center in Lake Zurich, IL, and the Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL. Popovich has workshops, demos, and teaches weekly classes in his own studio in Highland. Also, Popovich and his wife launch an online art school, ToweringWindsAcademyOfFineArts.teachable.com. He wanted to share his knowledge with a broader audience. One of his passions is to Teach People to Truly See.

Professionally teaching since 1978, Dale has trained over 2000 students – mentoring many who are now successful, accomplished artists.

Dale and his wife, Marilee live in Northwest Indiana. In addition, they own a log cabin in the Great Northwoods of Wisconsin.

Dale is a member of the Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Brown County Art Gallery Artists Association, Indiana Heritage Arts, a signature member of the Illinois Watercolor Society, Watercolor Society of Indiana, 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 40+ 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.


If you would like to learn more about Dale watch this interview,

courtesy IllianaArtists.org a Northwest Indiana art league.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! All of our courses come with a 30-day money back guarantee based on the following factors: You watched all of the training videos for the course. You did all of the course studies included in the course: 1. Value Studies, Color Studies, Final Painting, and Additional assignments where applied. Email the above to [email protected] for review. You understand that this is the only circumstance where refunds will be given. Please note that refunds are not giving simply because you changed your mind or decided you don't feel like doing the course anymore. We are serious about our courses and only seek students who are committed to their own success and are willing to put in the work to get there. If you enroll in a course from Towering Winds Academy of Fine Arts, you are agreeing to this limited 30-day refund policy.

Here's What Two of My Students Said About My Instruction

"I have to say how much I have enjoyed Dale Popovich's studio classes. He has brought up my level of talent and confidence. So much so that I entered my art work into the Palette & Chisel 2012 Scholarship Competition, and to my surprise I won! I credit this accomplishment to Dale Popovich for his expertise and patience. I recommend his classes to anyone looking to push themselves and their talents."
- Shawn Wendt

“For years I avoided painting in watercolors because I was too afraid of the medium, thinking I had to finish a painting in one sitting before it dried. Dale demystifies watercolors through demonstrations and guidance. Color palettes, layering, texturing and composition are part of every lesson. I simply could not have reached this level of success without Dale’s teaching.”
Fredi Schlagel

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