Portraits in Watercolor

with Matt Rota

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Develop confidence and spontaneity with watercolor as artist Matt Rota guides you in detail through the process of watercolor portraiture. Read More…

  1. Class Overview
  2. Meet the Instructor
  3. Ratings & Reviews
  4. Materials
  5. FAQs

Class Description

Let New York artist Matt Rota help you understand and exploit the seemingly untamable nature of flowing water as you paint from the general to the specific, incorporating graduated washes, hard and soft edges and warm and cool tones into a stunningly accurate watercolor portrait. Take advantage of watercolor’s portability and affordability, plus the expertise of New York artist Rota, who will be available to look at your work and answer any questions that arise as you paint. Get unprecedented access and close-up views of Rota's palette and brushwork, allowing you to observe his process as if in a private workshop. Embrace a world made with translucent washes of pure pigment.

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Lesson Plan

12:07

Lesson 1. Meet Matt Rota

  • Meet instructor Rota and discover what you'll learn in this class.

33:22

Lesson 2. Papers, Brushes & Colors

  • Go over watercolor supplies, including paper, brushes and colors.

32:58

Lesson 3. Washes

  • Learn how to effectively use watercolor washes, including blending colors, creating gradients, and creating hard and soft edges.

44:57

Lesson 4. Creating a Tonal Study

  • Learn to identify light, medium and dark tones and paint a tonal study.

50:41

Lesson 5. Beginning the Portrait

  • Choose paint and create a preliminary drawing of the subject's face. Block in shadow shapes.

41:12

Lesson 6. Adding Color

  • Discover the range of cool to warm colors and begin painting the background and face.

1:07:25

Lesson 7. Dense Colors & Details

  • Mix dense colors and add further details to the portrait.

2:07:25

Lesson 8. Details & Touch Ups

  • Continue to refine your painting, learn to touch up with opaque medium and finish the portrait.

12:08

Lesson 9. Bonus: Mixing Neutral & Primary Colors

  • Learn to mix neutral colors and how they work with primary colors.

"I have been eyeing this class for a while now and finally just decided to take it and I am glad I did. I love portraits and watercolors and have been looking to learn how to understand color, volume, shadow and put it all together to make a good portrait. Matt is an excellent teacher, I have now take several of his classes. He gives tons of info, walks you through understanding color, shadow, and how to put it all together, even if you don't know much when you start. Fantastic teacher and wonderful class."
- michelle214

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