Online Class

Portraits in Watercolor


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

Skill Level


What You Get

  • 9 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Matt Rota
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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 Matt 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.gEmbrace a world made with translucent washes of pure pigment. Enroll now in Portraits in Watercolor.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Meet Matt Rota
Meet instructor Rota and discover what you'll learn in this class.
2. Papers, Brushes & Colors
3. Washes
4. Creating a Tonal Study
5. Beginning the Portrait
6. Adding Color
7. Dense Colors & Details
8. Details & Touch Ups
9. Bonus: Mixing Neutral & Primary Colors

Taught by

Matt Rota
Matt Rota
Matt Rota is a New York-based illustrator and fine artist specializing in narrative technique with watercolor and ink media. He currently teaches undergraduate courses in fine art and illustration at the School of Visual Art in New York City and The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. His clients include The New York Times, McSweeney's, The Washington Post and other publications. He has received recognition and numerous awards and was listed as one of the top 200 illustrators in the world by Lurzer's Int'l Archive.
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