Introducing Watercolor Sketching: Color + Composition

An Online Course
with Marla Baggetta

Two of the most exciting aspects of painting are color and composition! During this workshop we’ll a deep dive into both of these painting fundamentals with the help of the great Masters: Edgar Payne and Claude Monet. One of the tried and true methods of art training is to create your own versions of the work of the Old Masters. You already have the subject and format worked out for you. Through copying paintings, you’ll develop a bank of knowledge about color and composition that you can use in your own drawing and sketching practice.

Over 9 Hours of Video

We have worked hard to bring you high quality instructional videos that provides easy to follow, clear and detailed instruction.  You’ll have lifetime access to all the videos enabling you work at your own pace in the comfort of your own home from any device for a seamless and modern online experience.

Beautifully Illustrated PDF

Our 69 page detailed coursework presents you with an illustrated guide to materials, theory and wisdom from an expert instructor and professional artist covering everything you need to get started with Watercolor Sketching. Divided into 11 highly structured chapters, Marla will guide you through all of the necessary groundwork, reinforced with exciting exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, providing you a roadmap to becoming an accomplished painter.

Private Facebook Community

 You’ll also have access to a private Facebook group where you can share your progress, ask questions of Marla and a community of your fellow students who are also taking the course to keep you motivated and inspired along the way. 

Course Contents

Each chapter focuses on a Study or a Step By Step Demo

Chapter 1:
Getting Started

We are focusing on two painters who were innovators in their time; Monet particularly for his use of color and Payne for is deliberate and thorough teaching of the principles of composition. By the end of this workshop you’ll have painted 25+ masterpieces! Wow! So sit back relax and take in all the lessons to be learned by these two masters.

Chapter 2:
Color Chart

When you’re using watercolor pans, it’s a very good idea to make a chart of your colors even if your pans came with a labeled chart. It can be difficult to see the true colors dry in the pans as they will appear on paper. I recommend taking time to make a chart either in your sketch book, on a piece of watercolor paper or paper similar to what you’re using for the projects.

Chapter 3:
Mixing Grays

For me it’s especially interesting to try to mix a gray when you look at a gray and think to yourself, “is that red, yellow, purple?” and it’s all of those! Usually a gray is “leaning” towards a color on the spectrum or is said to bias towards a particular hue. You can also think of a gray as being warm or cool.

Chapter 4:

In order to achieve to successfully emulate the works of the masters, we will explore the application of several techniques. These will serve us to ensure we have proper foundation to translate techniques originally done in oil to our studies in watercolor.

Chapter 5:

Radicals in their time, early Impressionists violated the rules of academic painting. They constructed their pictures from freely brushed colors that took precedence over lines and contours. They used a loose, direct application of paint and used optical mixing rather than direct mixing on a palette.

Chapter 6:

We focus on optical mixing, which is the effect when two or more colors are perceived simultaneously they are seen as combined and thus merged into a new color. We’ll also look at a few rules of thumb will help you to create more luminous and accurate color.

Chapter 7:

Composition requires balance between the large masses and the details, unequal measures of light and shade, subtle nuance in value and harmonious color schemes. But how do we develop an instinctive feeling for this sense of balance and unity?.

Chapter 8:
Repeating Themes

When you repeat a theme you have the opportunity capture changes in the environment, such as exemplified by Monet, as well explore the different possibilities of conserving value relationships while still staying true to the subject. In our projects in coming chapters, we will apply these concepts to creating our own variations on repeated themes.

Chapter 9:
Payne Projects

Edgar Payne was well known for capturing the majesty of the Western landscape. He painted multiple pieces of favorite motifs from the Laguna coastline to the Mesas of Arizona. We are going to study some of his works in miniature here. This will let us really explore the power of the compositions.

Chapter 10:
Monet Projects

We’ll create nine small versions of le Parliament, each having a different mood and feel. While he was using oil and we are using watercolor, we can gain insight into how to capture the ethereal and ever-changing effects of atmosphere and light dancing and playing on water and around the elements in a painting.

Chapter 11:

When you’ve finished this workshop, take some time to absorb the information and let it percolate! I hope that you’ll have a few “aha” moments and some little or big kernels or gems of information that will inspire you to continued study of art history. There is such a wealth of information for us to tap into!

Watercolor Sketching: Color + Composition!

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Get started mastering Watercolor Sketching: Color + Composition in this incredible Online Workshop!

Beautifully Designed Ebook

69 pages of in-depth content

In Depth Theory and Guidance

Marla isolates the complex principles of painting and investigates them practically and simply so any student can comprehend and execute even the most difficult problems. Moving from simple to more involved concepts, each lesson builds on the previous so you’ll gain a sound foundation to further your study and practice of painting.

Step by Step Guided Demonstrations

Marla guides you through the time-tested fundamentals step by step, stroke by stroke from the very beginning stages of a painting to the finish line in a logical and enjoyable path. Marla  stresses the need to develop your own judgement and individual voice as an artist.

A Lifetime of Painting Experience
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Over 30 years as a professional artist and teacher

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Marla has Hundreds of Satisfied Students

I was both stimulated and excited at the prospect of taking on a totally new medium. I adored the class work and the interaction with other students. I hope to take another class soon and I feel I have learned a great deal in”mark making” and with a new medium upon which to play. Thanks, Marla!

Donna, Santa Fe

World Class Video Instruction

Like having a teacher at the easel with you, no matter where you are

Fun and Easeful Instruction

With a lifetime of experience as an artist and educator, Marla brings an unparalleled combination of joy and wisdom directly to your home. We have worked hard to offer beautiful and clear video instruction, providing valuable education and insight, that will keep you inspired for months and even years.

Up Close and Personal at the Easel

Following along while learning has never been easier! The demonstration view shows the progress of each painting, the reference photo and thumbnail when appropriate, so you get to see how each piece is built from start to finish. Marla narrates her progress in real time as she is painting, so you won’t miss a thing!

Watercolor Sketching: Color + Composition!


Get started mastering Watercolor Sketching: Color + Composition with this incredible Online Workshop!

Frequently Asked Questions

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The workshop assignments are online accessible 24×7 – you can take the lessons any time you want. You are not required to complete the course in a specified amount of time. You get access to all the assignments in the workshop at once in a secure member’s area on PaintingLessonsWithMarla.com

When you register for the workshop, you’ll get a Student Account which gives you access to the My Courses area on the PaintingLessonsWithMarla.com website. Your Student Account will allow you take lessons and complete assignments any time you want.

You get lifetime access to the workshop and lessons you pay for so you can finish your painting any time.  It’s fun to keep up with your fellow artists and see how they are doing too but you can stop and come back to it any time, 24×7.  Assignment reminders are sent via email but you can complete them at your own pace – no problem at all! 

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