Welcome to my online school


All levels, are welcome, courses range from beginners to advanced.

A great place to start is with Watercolor in Motion the curriculum helps beginners to understand how the watercolor medium works, water to color ratio, color blending, brushes along with and simple lessons to help to get the results that you want. 

For the intermediate artist this reinforces what you already know, plus much more, dive into composition, color theory values, depth and how to take your paintings to the next level on your creative journey.

If you’re ready to dive in and join me in an interactive course, we always have fun and I guarantee you'll learn a lot in a very short period of time.

For those that like to work on your own, independent study is available.

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Canna Lily

Independent study course

Recorded from a live event

Primarily a demonstration, learn from my painting process as I deconstruct and change the composition, and turn it into a more dramatic painting, let's look at where to begin, the amounts of water to use, how to layer the color, how many water drops to add, more info

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White Tulips

Independent study

It seems that it should be easy to paint white tulips, simply because there isn't much color.

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Interactive course Schedule


March 22 – May 3

  • Seashells 
  • Floral passion, Starflower and Peony

 April 19 - June 14

  • Wet & Wild Landscapes combination course

May 10 – June 21

  • Desert Landscapes 2
  • The Joy of painting loose and free
  • Fearless flowers 2

May 17 - June 14

  • Natures Abstraction - Kelp

For those that like to work by yourself view the independent study offers

About Birgit O'Connor


Birgit O’Connor, is a Master artist and a signature member of M-NWWS, (Northwest Watercolor Society) M-CWA, (California Watercolor Association) M-LWS (Louisiana Watercolor Society).

She is an award winning artist, judge, juror and author of the top-selling North Light books “ Watercolor in Motion”"Paint Watercolor Flowers" and “Watercolor Essentials” along with being included in three other titles. Known for her original paintings and inspirational teaching style. In 2019, she is expanded into portraits which have been well received into international shows. 

Publications include the New York Times, SF Gate,Artist Magazine and Watercolor Artist Magazine INK in New Mexico, in the United States, Dobry Zank, (Poland) "L'Art de l'Aquarelle (France). Her memberships include Cambridge Who’s Who, Who's who in America and Who's who in American woman.

What Students Say


"I have been taking Birgit’s class since January this year and wish I could have found her class sooner. It’s very addicting and no side effects:). Only side effect I can think is that your painting gets better." Mi Madden


"I just wanted to say that I think YOU ARE AMAZING!!! I can't even imagine how you pull all this together! The paintings and lessons are of course spectacular on the one hand, and all the computer stuff...getting it to work as well as all the responses...Great Scott!! I don't know how you keep up with it all!! You are so inspiring and constantly coming up with new ways to use your creativity!! It is always a joy to watch your magic with color and light! Geez!! Wow!! Thank you! I am loving the class, I think your teaching style and helpful comments are delightful and very instructive. Great job!!". Lisa Perry AR


"Thank you for clear and organized instruction. The combination of interactive live introductions, check-ins, of the review of work and feedback and excellent instructive videos to view at our own pace were all most helpful. In addition, your presentation, as always, is full of humor, great attitude and generous humanity. Your love of family, nature, place, art and service are values that can be felt in our exchanges throughout the workshops. You so carefully review each student’s work and offer suggestions for improvement while also praising efforts and successful techniques and encouraging and inspiring your students. You are an amazing artist, instructor and human being. Thank you for the knowledge you share, the effort and time you devote to teaching all of us, your relaxed yet professional style, your ease of laughter and your generosity of spirit. What a memorable experience! Warm regards", Ginger Lang


"I’ve taken many of Birgit’s classes and can honestly say they’ve made retirement the best part of my life to date - and I’ve had a great life. I’m a total amateur but the learning process is so rewarding and fun it doesn’t matter. Birgit’s the best!" Ally Keppel


"I just completed Birgit's two-day workshop, even if she were not giving lessons, I would participate in anything Birgit had to offer; I love her enthusiasm, her sharing and positivity. She is one of the finest teachers of any subject I have encountered, as well." Thank you, Birgit! Lee Sorenson


"Your teaching methods are so powerful, and your courses have enabled me to see almost everything is a very different way that I did "pre-Birgit"! Thank you so much for opening up my mind and helping me to make my paint brushes work for me in a way they never did before. I will definitely be taking advantage of learning more from you whenever I can." Thank you" Gloria Andison


"Wow...this was mind bending for me!! My first half sheet..Lots of head scratching but learned heaps. Waaaaay out of my comfort zone...but some how made it on the other side..😅" Merri Chester


"I cannot describe how much fun this was to do! :-) :-) I don't want this class to end! Thanks Birgit! " Gail Gabriel


"Your course videos and instructions, handouts etc were absolutely perfect. You leave nothing out of the instructions, thank you so much" Kathryn Bevin


"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


"I love love love this course.. Thanks" Elaine Netland


Thank you!!! I would never have thought I could paint like this. Amazing instruction and so easy to follow. You are an excellent teacher!! Kathleen Parker


This was crazy fun! this course is amazing! First art class I have taken, in person or any other way, with so much instructor input assistance and creative assignments! I’m just not used to the expert level of teaching and learning tons!!!! Le'Ann Key


"I 'discovered' Birgit's courses and membership about a year ago, and what a fabulous year it has been to my watercolour growth and skillset, thanks to her instruction and cheerleading us all on! I think, in this course, I am pushed out of myself-imposed box!! Diane McInnes British Columbia, Canada.


"You really have made a huge impact on my learning. One really important part is that I now have more confidence, and have all been enriched by your classes and community." Claire Shadow


"Your classes are addicting!! LOL" Gay Weston San Diego CA


"I Loved the way the class was managed. Too often I have felt some classes are a waste of time with too many "comments" from participants. I also love the fact I can review each demo. I must have watched the poppy demo at least 10 times! Thank you. I will definitely sign on for more! Be Well" TeriAnn Peri