JOIN THE PAINT PARTY
Stop floundering and start making waves!
Fundamental watercolour topics to get you up and running. A topic library with over 100 ready-to-binge classes, with 4 new tutorials each month. Fortnightly live group calls with demos, paint-alongs and Q&As. Regular masterclasses to level up in other areas. Oh... and did I mention you don't need to wear pants?
SOUND FAMILIAR? YOU...
Went to the art store and wondered which kidney you'd have to sell to afford all the supplies you need?
Looked for some inspo on Instagram, tried to DIY, but painted the equivalent of bin sludge?
Always have the best intentions of sitting down to practise, but end up spending the whole time wondering why the damn paper is doing that weird thing?
Binge-watched some more YouTube vids, Googled some stuff, read 8 books but STILL can't get your paintings to look like everyone else's?
Join the club. (I'm the former President by the way). I've done all of the above, and more, trying to crack the code on watercolour. Spent all of my free time and money figuring things out the hard way. Collected a bunch of supplies I didn't know what to do with. Felt like I would NEVER 'get' watercolour. At times have even wanted to throw in the towel and just take up reading or something...
It's time to kiss those days of frustration g'bye!
Hey, I'm Emma, and I'm a chronic problem solver. Ever since I was a little kid, I'd do everything the hard way. Take something apart just to learn how to put it back together. I mean... I even learned to make my own watercolour paint just so I could really know how it "works". Is that weird? Maybe.
Either way, I really enjoy finding all the possible mistakes and wrong turns in watercolour. I figure out new and better ways to do it, distill it down into bite-sized bits that make sense and save you the time and frustration of struggling through it yourself.
Kinda like Robin Hood. But with time and watercolour, not small pouches of stolen gold or a classic 1973 animated movie about it.
I believe creating great art can be simple, easy to fit into your schedule - and it can definitely be fun!
HOW, YOU ASK?
The Watercolour Academy!
My online watercolour-focused membership is designed to build your skills fast from the ground up, make you a more confident artist, and allow you to actually ENJOY painting! I'll show you what you need (and surprise, it's not as many supplies as you think) and how to use them well. Then you can choose-your-own-adventure and continue upping your game with the ever-growing topic library!
The Watercolour Academy breaks everything down and makes learning watercolour SIMPLE, so you can stop staring at a blank page and get painting.
"If you think you might want to start watercolor, but you are completely overwhelmed, this is the way to go! Emma breaks everything down to the very basics and has a great sense of humor as she goes. The basic way Emma teaches you how to make 144 colors from just three primaries will give you confidence to mix any color you might like. The way the courses continue with only the three primaries makes it very affordable to continue without having to buy new supplies for every new class. Emma made me feel like I could tackle any watercolor project I might want to do and I totally loved having so much fun while growing through this academy."
FOR ALL MEMBERS:
- Access to all course materials while you're a current member
- Fundamental classes that cover supplies, colour theory and techniques
- Topics so you can put that knowledge to work, incl. over 20 existing topics, and over 80 tutorials
- New topics every month + your suggestions for topics are always welcome!
- Regular Masterclasses on extra goodies like digitising, drawing, working with masking fluid + more
- Access to fortnightly (every 2 weeks) live group video calls with me, Emma to watch live demos, ask questions and get feedback on your work
- 10% discount on The Watercolour Factory orders (my handmade paints)
- Free mobile app to watch the classes on the go!
Get back to basics! The fundamentals will teach you everything from supplies, how to use them, colour theory, techniques and troubleshooting.
After the fundamentals, it's time to put it to work! Use the 25+ existing (4 tutorials in each) and future monthly topics to apply your new knowledge to paintings.
Don't get stuck again! Jump onto one of the twice monthly calls and get feedback on your work, answers to your burning questions, continued support and encouragement.
Go beyond painting! The masterclasses will teach you fun extras like digitising your work, how to sketch, how to take photos of your work for websites, social or portfolios.
Take a peek below at some of the projects waiting for you in TWA - and click on the Topic Gallery in the top menu to see 'em all!
"If you want to learn watercolor, I would not hesitate to join the Academy. In just a few months, I can see such an improvement in my skills. Water control has always been a challenge for me, but after going through the Techniques 101 section, I had a light bulb moment. Emma explains and demonstrates what we want to see - and also what it looks like when things go sideways and how to recover. Which, as a beginner, is so key!"
What supplies will I need?
I don't like too many rules around here, so I like to give my recommendations, but also the freedom to use the brands you already have or prefer.
The basics to get started
Some recommended extras
"Investing in The Watercolour Academy was an easy choice to make. I love that I have access to so much amazing content and Emma breaks everything down so clearly in the classes in such a way that I was able to paint things I never imagined I could. Plus, she is super dependable and supportive. Everything you need to know about watercolour is right here."
"I am a beginner to the world of watercolouring but Emma is an amazing teacher who takes you through each topic in great detail and easy to follow steps. There are so many fun classes and I always get excited to see the next topic. I am so glad I found The Watercolour Academy because it is helping me grow more confident in my watercolour skills and I am making fun projects and beautiful works of art that I can now share with my family."
"Emma’s Watercolor Academy will be the best thing you’ve ever done to learn about watercolors! Not only will you learn the very, very basics if you are just beginning, you’ll progress step by step and learn things you didn’t know you missed if you are a bit more experienced. Things you wondered about and things you never even imagined! It’s all there. It’s all carefully explained. This is as complete as it gets AND it’s not tedious. It’s FUN!"