Course at a Glance:
At the Time of My Review:
Course Title: Paint Colourful Poppies in a Loose, Wet Style Effortlessly
Course Subtitle: Breathe fresh life into your watercolour painting style with the vibrant and colourful poppy field. Wet into wet.
Instructor: Nicola A. Blakemore
Platform: I took this course on Udemy.com
Current Runtime: About 1 hour
Number of Lectures: 11 (8 video, 3 text)
Skill Level: Intermediate
Promo Video: Yes
Audio/Video Quality: Both are ok. I had no problem hearing the lectures. However, if you are in a noisy environment, you may need headphones. On one lecture, the video cut off the lower bottom left of the painting (part of field in the front/foreground), but this was fixed for the other lectures.
Accent/Speaking Pace: The teacher has an easy to understand English accent. Her speaking pace is easy to follow – I actually sped up the videos when I was simply watching the videos and not painting along.
Lecture Type: Talking Head, Over-the-Shoulder
Supplementary Materials (i.e. handouts): None. There is a text lecture containing a generalized list of supplies as well as a photograph that gives a color reference to aim for.
Course in a Minute:
This course, Paint Colourful Poppies in a Loose, Wet Style Effortlessly, is a fun class aimed at teaching the intermediate student how to paint a field of poppy flowers using an extremely laid back approach. A heavy use of water mixed into the watercolor paints produces a fun effect, but also lessens the amount of control one has over their painting. This course has a high re-watchability factor. I recommend this course if you want to become more comfortable with heavily watered down watercolors or if you simply like poppies and would like to paint them.
Course Skill Level:
The skill level for this course is listed as intermediate. I agree with this classification because the course assumes prior knowledge about watercolor. For example, there are basic techniques that are used in the beginning of the course that are not explained and not fully shown (i.e. the masking fluid used to sketch out the painting is already in place at the start of the course). If you watch the rest of the course you will later see some of these assumed techniques demonstrated in a hands-on way (such as lifting off color, not masking). But the material is not presented like a first time watercolor course.
If you have an easy going personality when it comes to painting and you don’t mind making mistakes and learning from them, then I do think this course is well worth checking out. At the time I took the course, there were several preview lessons you could watch before taking the course just to make sure the course was truly a good choice for your present skill level. I highly recommend watching them.
Also, after you enroll in the course, I would advise a quick run through of all the videos prior to picking up your brush, especially if you are unfamiliar with this type of painting or if you equate painting with perfection (like me).
Nicola’s course is a fun course that I am delighted to find. One reason for this is that I enjoy Nicola’s teaching style. She is laid back and encourages us to explore what we paint. As she states toward the end of the course, “[painting is] all about the enjoyment of the doing. Just have a play and enjoy doing it.” I can really get into painting with this perspective!
The other reason I’m happy to have found this course, Paint colourful poppies, is that I like poppies! But until now I had never considered painting them.
In this course, we see a painting come together that uses masking fluid instead of a pencil, loose painting techniques (aka we use a lot of water), and lifting out unwanted color. We also use splattering for an interesting finishing effect and Nicola show us how to salvage a painting if we make a highly visible mistake using that laid back approach she encourages from the start of the course. She also explains the logic of what to paint first, mentioning things like depth and perception.
There are no handouts to print out, but there is a highly generalized supply list (no brand names or specifics). Included in that general list is a helpful photograph of the color palette used for the painting that you can use to gauge your colors. This definitely follows the intermediate skill level. Also, we never see her setup of paints and water – the camera stays on the painting at all times.
Nicola covered everything listed in the course objectives.
Although I have not asked a question yet, Nicola shares that if you have a question, you can feel free to post it in the course.
After taking this entire course, I will definitely be exploring more of Nicola’s painting classes. This course has a high re-play value, which is a fun bonus to even be able to enjoy since you don’t have that option for live art classes.
Key Take-Away For Me:
The key take-away for me was learning that I can sketch with masking fluid. Although I was disappointed not to see her actually sketch with the fluid, Nicola does show what kind of fluid and tip she uses. I have never considered using masking fluid in this manner and I plan to look for a similar tip the next time I’m in my local craft store.
Meg’s Content Cautions:
At the time I took the course, it was clean and free of objectionable materials.
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Where to Get the Course:
I took the course on Udemy. Nicola offers a variation of this course on Skillshare.
Instructor FAQs: Want to learn more about the instructor?
Udemy.com Instructor Profile Page: https://www.udemy.com/user/nicolaablakemore/