In September 2014, I launched an 8-week online course on Floral Watercolours. Cost for the full course is $250; to audit the course costs $150. The next course is due to start in early February 2017.
The topics covered in the course are:
Working from Photographs; Composition; Colour; Values; Edges; Negative Painting; Textures and Special Effects; The Water Cycle and Critiquing your own work.
The materials I will supply at each lesson are:
1. A covering email
2. One or more handouts on the topic of the lesson, such as photographing flowers for painting, composition, values, etc. These will be attached to the email in PDF format.
3. An image of a painting of mine in various stages of progress, starting with the drawing and ending with the finished painting, and a commentary to go with each image, also attached to the email.
4. An attached zip file of the full student's paintings each week and a separate critique of each student's progress (or for lesson one of their reference photos)
5. With 5 lessons, a link to a video on You Tube of me demonstrating a particular technique, such as negative painting or special effects. These are not professional videos but students from previous courses found them very helpful.
I propose to send each week’s material on a Wednesday and would like my full students to email me their work by noon on the following Monday, which will give me time to include a critique of each work with next Wednesday’s lesson. Students who audit would be receiving the material each week but would not be sending me work of their own to critique. I will create a group email (on a first name only basis for anonymity) where I will post and critique the work of the full students, but everyone will receive the entire critique of all the paintings in progress, so that I can discuss common issues collectively. I will use blind carbon copies so student’s email addresses will remain private. Only a small group of intermediate-advanced students will be selected for the full course; there is no experience necessary to audit the course. Artists with very busy schedules might also feel more comfortable auditing the course as they won't be required to submit their own work each week and can advance at their own pace. They also get to follow the group critique on other student’s work, as we can learn a lot from other artist’s strengths and also issues they may be dealing with. I also include a list of general points dealing with the most common issues the students are facing each lesson. Most full students will work through one or possibly two paintings during the 8-week course.
Sometimes I will offer only an audit version of the course, in that case, I will use the work of previous students and my commentaries on their work for the audit students to follow. If time is short, the general points in the commentaries of each lesson provide an overview of the individual critiques.
I will keep a wait-list of interested students; contact me via the Contact page to add your name. The course is conducted in English. I have had students from Canada, USA, Europe (England, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Latvia and Russia), Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong. Please see the Testimonials page for some comments from students of the first course.
If you have been accepted and confirmed for a course, you can pay by PayPal. Select the appropriate course, Full course is $250 and Audit course is $150. The audit version of the course is open to all students, but the Full Course participants are selected based on their experience and will be required to send me images of their work as I can only handle a small number of full students each course. Please do not pay until you have been accepted to a specific course. Just contact me and I will add you to my list, and be in touch when organizing the next course.
Please DO NOT pay until confirmed by Marney.