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Premium Full 6-week Interactive course Backgrounds & Shadows

Nov 10 - Dec 22 Special Interactive course Intermediate – Advanced

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What students say

"I am really enjoying your classes. I enjoy painting the flowers and the format is perfect for me as it gives me lots of time to work on the paintings. The interactive online sessions are fantastic!" Lynn

"Thank you for the brilliant lessons. You are easy to listen to and you are so thorough with your explanations.Your approach is so rewarding. Thank you so much." Wendy McLennan

Birgit is an excellent instructor who is organized, informative and thorough in her presentations. Also she is very supportive and helpful in her comments on the painting submissions. I felt strongly that she really wanted me to learn and improve and produce a painting that would make me feel that I had achieved a result that would be worthwhile. I would take another class from her in a heartbeat. Sincerely, Trish Kuncewicz

I never would have had the courage to put such a background on a painting before taking your lessons, but I can see now how much of an improvement it makes". Jeanne Hall

Thank you, Birgit. YOU make learning fun, accessible, a DREAM come true! Your fine instruction makes it possible, Frances Gill-Turano

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This content rich course will help expand your skills, give you techniques, inspire new ideas, along with helping you create some really beautiful paintings


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6- Week Interactive Course

Do you paint the background first, or leave it for last, keep it the white of the paper or add lots detail and color. These are just of a few of the questions we will be covering. In this course, I’ll help you find new ideas and different approaches to apply into your paintings using a push-pull affect to create more depth. Course includes two full step-by-step paintings "Apple Blossom" & "Quince" learn how to how to change and rearrange reference photos and transform them into more pleasing compositions.

  • Lifetime access
  • Live group meetings
  • Go at your own pace
  • Paint anytime day or night
  • Ask questions
  • Downloadable PDF reference photos and sketches
  • Learn how to create your own reference material for future paintings.
  • Understand how to change the feeling of a painting to brighten it up, make it moody or intense and dramatic.
  • Why values are important
  • Learn more about the water to color ratio
  • The full course opens on the specified date and runs for 6 weeks.
  • After the end date of the course, you can still participate with limited interaction.
  • Learn how to fix and recover from a dreaded bloom in the middle of your painting and use it to your advantage.
  • Course is rich in content
  • Free Bonus Course Included



Your Instructor


Birgit O
Birgit O'Connor

Birgit O’Connor, award winning artist, judge, juror and author of the top-selling North Light books “ Watercolor in Motion” and “Watercolor Essentials” and has been included in with three other book titles. She has been included in over 40 national and international publications, the New York Times, SF Gate,Artist Magazine and Watercolor Artist Magazine INK in New Mexico, in the United States, Dobry Zank, (publication in Poland) "L'Art de l'Aquarelle in France,. Memberships include Cambridge Who’s Who, Who's who in America and Who's who in American woman and is a signature member of LWS & CWA.

Known for her original art and inspirational teaching style, Birgit has developed numerous successful online courses and DVD programs to help students find their own creativity and build confidence within the difficult medium of watercolor.

Workshop schedule visit www.birgitoconnor.com


Class Curriculum


  Welcome to class
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  Class board - Live Meeting Schedule
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  Material list
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  Resources & Private Facebook Group
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  App for your Apple device
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  Reference Photos
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  Previous sessions - Recorded meetings
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Testimonials

"Thank you for the brilliant lessons. You are easy to listen to and you are so thorough with your explanations.Your approach is so rewarding. Thank you so much." Wendy McLennan


Thanks so much for your teaching these incredible online workshops...they are magic! :) Debra Laurie


HI Birgit, I want you to know that this particular format with your personal reviews and critiques and the combination of website and class meetings are the best online course I have ever taken. Debra Prat


Thank you, Birgit. YOU make learning fun, accessible, a DREAM come true! Your fine instruction makes it possible, Frances Gill-Turano


Hi Birgit, I really like watching you paint… Your courses are amazing! Cheryl F. Canada


Thank you Birgit..... I am much encouraged. I have all the right equipment and am learning a lot. IT IS INCREDIBLE to be able to get advice from an accomplished artist. I shall persevere! Pat


Hi Birgit Your courses are 100 percent effective. Thanks, Fay


Hi Birgit... I'm thrilled with your extensive comments. :-) I'm really enjoying the course and to have such a valuable critique is such a wonderful addition to this course. Its as good, or possibly even better than being in a class with you. Feel like I'm on the right track with the right tutor to help me. Kind regards from Jude. :-)


WOW!!! You are such a real professional!!! I love how you are instructing...quiet, confident voice, SAYING exactly what you are doing and why, SHOWING exactly what you are doing and why, USING the reference photo as a guide and REFERRING to the practice sample as a reminder that "you can do it"!! And then GIVING the students time to put into practice what you've just taught with your comments and suggestions ready to help! WOW! Not only a first class instructor, but an excellent and beautiful artist. I LOVE YOUR WORK! Cheryl Feragen


I can't tell you how much I enjoy your courses, Birgit, you are a very generous and skilled teacher. LInda Read


Birgit! You are amazing master of painting enriching our minds, hearts and imagination with your art. Thank you, Zlatica Stauder


Birgit is an excellent instructor who is organized, informative and thorough in her presentations. Also she is very supportive and helpful in her comments on the painting submissions. I felt strongly that she really wanted me to learn and improve and produce a painting that would make me feel that I had achieved a result that would be worthwhile. I would take another class from her in a heartbeat. Sincerely, Trish Kuncewicz


I wanted you to know that I really appreciate your calm teaching voice. It was one of the main reasons I chose your class. You speak very thoughtfully, slowly, and clearly. While watching the videos, I picked up a lot of helpful instruction, before of working on the actual painting. Using the sweeping upstroke to avoid spreading at the end of the stroke, and softening the edges of lines with a larger brush both worked beautifully, much improving my first attempts! I'll be starting to paint the poppy tomorrow – so excited! Thanks in advance, Laurie


Hi Birgit. Wow!!!Looks great!!!You are tireless!!!! I love the video courses. Thank you for sharing your expertise with the rest of us. Mary Louise


Dear Birgit you are my all time favorite artist and I have purchased your some of your courses as well as a copy of the watercolor magic magazine you are featured in. H. Merchant AUSTRALIA


"I am really enjoying your classes. I enjoy painting the flowers and the format is perfect for me as it gives me lots of time to work on the paintings. The interactive online sessions are fantastic!" Lynn


Hi Birgit I am a retired art, elementary, and Montessori teacher with over 30 years experience. I tried other classes but I think I've learned the most from Birgit's online courses. I love the feedback she gives, it's way more than I have received before. I find it so valuable. I look forward to doing more. Jann Clare

"my confidence has been boosted. The lessons are so easy to follow. Thank you so much for putting together these courses." Barbara Nelson


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