Learning watercolor techniques doesn’t need to break your spirit. No need to research local classes and commit to weekly trips. No need to sift through endless videos and browse countless books. It’s tiring, time-consuming, and after all that effort, you still can’t finish a painting. This website was created to stop that!

Introducing: the first online course for learning watercolor techniques in 6.5 hours!

WatercolorTechnique.com is part of a family of watercolor sites around WatercolorPainting.com. Since 1999 (which was nearly an eternity ago in Internet time), WatercolorPainting.com has become the go-to site for watercolor tutorials, attracting millions from all corners of the globe.

WatercolorTechnique.com offers an online video series for beginners who have never picked up a brush or are still uncomfortable controlling the brush. The lesson plan is split into bite-sized parts, with each part developed and taught by Steve Curl, an award-winning watercolorist who is also a 2-time Teacher Of The Year. Watercolor techniques are taught step by step, brushstroke by brushstroke. More on him later.

And now for something completely different. Most websites like to chest-thump about how great they are. Rather than write more, here’s what one viewer, Kim Neal, sent in:

Overall I enjoyed the watercolor video very much. The artist is very talented, and speaks in a soothing voice. His sense of humor will be appreciated by a wide range of audiences. The fact that he left his mistakes in is comforting to a beginning watercolorist, and shows the viewer the artist’s true character—one of humility. He showed how to correct these mistakes as well, which is very helpful. I learned a great deal watching this video. The fact that it contained a landscape as well as a portrait was very nice. The video quality was excellent. I only remember one time that I saw something other than the painting…a few wisps of hair—and it didn’t detract from the experience at all.

The instructor, Steve, was formally trained in art school many years ago and he has accumulated a life’s worth of painting experience traveling all over. He is based in Palo Alto, California, where he teaches classes, and he makes regular trips to Yosemite to teach and paint. He loves being outdoors painting landscapes and seascapes. His work was most recently featured at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park, California.

Recent Recognition

Best In Show, “Landscapes & Seascapes” Pacific Art League

Featured Exhibit, Annual Yosemite Renaissance Exhibition

Featured Exhibit, “The Light Of Landscape In Watercolor”, Portola Art Gallery