Portraits and Figures Part 1 - Interactive 6 week session

Sept 14 - Oct 26, learn to be more painterly with your figures and how to approach portraits

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What students say:

  • This class has made it possible for me to attempt and succeed at something I never even had a single thought of pursuing. I thought faces (and figures) were just too hard. You have simplified what, in my mind, was “impossible”. Truly, you are a master of your craft! We are all blessed by your gifts! Sue Warnock MI

Portraits in Watercolor

Different than many traditional portrait painting courses, learn to use a looser painting style, to create expression and personality.

Work with skin tones, brushstrokes and eliminate excessive details and build skill to confidently paint your own portraits.Focus on skill building, skin tone, eyes, mouth, lips, and personality.

Includes, 7 detailed lessons

Go through the entire process step-by-step, along with worksheets, reference photos, and scale line drawing.

Ballet Dancer: work with brushstrokes and focus on the overall figure, eliminate excessive detail, light, shadow, and giving our subject personality.

Man in a uniform, use what you just learned in the last lesson, and continue practicing working with your brushstrokes.

Fetch a pail of water, capture the experience of the moment.

Child face: Keep the attention on the facial features, work with skin tones, eyes, mouth, and lips.

Little Baker: Our goal is to give a wince in her eyes, joy in her heart, and build the background with color and design.


Portraits and Figure Sept 14 - Oct 26

More than only a Zoom meeting course, all the lessons are already included within the course, simply login, start at the top and work your way down.

Meetings are optional and scheduled every other week to check on your progress, problem solve and review. Everyone paints at a different pace, and with that in mind, the schedule below will be our goal and of the focus meetings.

Meeting dates

  • Sep 14 - introduction
  • Sept 28 -Ballet dancer, Fetch a pail of water
  • Oct 12 - Kevi, The Boys, and the Officer
  • Oct 26 - Smile & Little Baker, final review

Meeting times

  • 2:00 PM (PST) San Francisco
  • 4:00 PM (CST) Chicago
  • 5:00 PM (EST) New York

Your Instructor


Birgit O'Connor
Birgit O'Connor

Birgit O’Connor, is a signature member of CWA-M, LWS-M, NWWS, and 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. Currently Birgit has reduced here busy traveling schedule so she can continue to develop and build her online courses. She has been included in over 60 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. Her memberships include Cambridge Who’s Who, Who's who in America and Who's who in American woman. In 2018 she launched a Podcast "The World of Watercolor Painting" to help support and encourage artists from around the world (available on your favorite podcast app). www.birgitoconnor.com


Course Curriculum


  Meetings Sept 14- Oct 26
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  Getting started - Part 1
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  Ballet dancer - Reference material
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  Eyes lips mouth reference material
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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.
Is it interactive all of the time?
To keep you focused, the interactive portion is only available during the session date

What Students say

"Every course is so rich in learning experiences as well as being just so much fun to see what a brush and paint can do in my hands. :-) ;-) " Gail Gabriel

"This is my 6th course with Birgit in 6 months. What does that say about her instruction? Incredible, as I have been painting for only 14 months and she has brought me so far in just 6." Tina Mewhinney TX

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

"The way you teach, I feel I can paint anything...thank you" Gudrun Johnson

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