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Portraits in Watercolor

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


Lesson 1. Meet Matt Rota

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


Lesson 2. Papers, Brushes & Colors


Lesson 3. Washes


Lesson 4. Creating a Tonal Study


Lesson 5. Beginning the Portrait


Lesson 6. Adding Color


Lesson 7. Dense Colors & Details


Lesson 8. Details & Touch Ups


Lesson 9. Bonus: Mixing Neutral & 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."
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