Free Mini Course - Barns & Ranches

Learn to be successful in watercolor

What students say

"loved the process and your explanations! I finally enjoy watercoloring :)" Lidiia Holokolosenko

Test the waters

In this non-interactive version you will get a better idea of what an online course is like, these lessons are designed for you to have fun, keep it simple and be successful.

Learn how much water to use, when to apply the color, surface drying time, how to create texture, and so much more.

Start with simple 5x7 paintings, then later if you like increase the size using the same techniques.

Go at your own Pace and have access to the content at anytime with no time limit.

What is covered in this course

  • Paint wood & texture
  • Whats important in a composition
  • Paint simple barns & buildings
  • Grassland, bushes and trees
  • Keep your colors clean
  • Minimize details
  • Use watercolor blooms to your advantage
  • How much water should you use
  • Understand more about types of brushes
  • Get an idea of what an online course is like
  • Keep it simple

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Your Instructor


Birgit O'Connor
Birgit O'Connor

Birgit O’Connor, known for her original paintings and inspirational teaching style, is an award winning artist, master artist of CWA, NWWS, LWS and respected judge and juror.

She is the author of the top-selling North Light books “ Watercolor in Motion”"Paint Watercolor Flowers" and “Watercolor Essentials”

Birgit has been included in over 60 national and international publications. Her memberships include Cambridge Who’s Who, Who's who in America and Who's who in American woman


Course Curriculum


  Red Barns
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  Gospel flat
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  Clouds and ranch
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Frequently Asked Questions


How long do I have access to the course?
As long as your enrolled, this is a sample course
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Try either Firefox or Chrome as your browser

Dear Birgit I want to thank you (among all the other teachers) for sharing your knowledge. I think that you are extremely good at explaining what you are doing in a pedagogical way and also extremely good at creating something beautiful by selecting the basic things which by the brain will make a scene complete without unnecessary details. I know that it is a skill that is hard to achieve. I have learned a lot from you! Thank you! /Erik

HI Birgit, THANK YOU THANK YOU......Every time I watch one of your demos I can't wait to get painting. Those quick easy expressions get me jump started when I'm putting off starting a "project" painting.. Elaine Valdini

These courses are so down to earth and easy to understand. I think that even I, a beginner, will be able to learn and do with practice. Elma Kitch

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