Independent Study


  • Learn how to create a gallery wrap frame to use as a painting surface.
  • 9 different in-depth painting lessons
  • Become more painterly without being perfect.
  • This process includes, masking, pouring, painting, and lots of imagination, while having a lot of fun.

The main goal is to help you learn how to interpret your own images and reference photos, keep the idea simple, effective and successful. 

Your instructor 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.

Example Curriculum

  Welcome
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  FAQ
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  Section 1
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  Section 2 _Paint a series using 12x12 panels / recomended
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  Series 2 _ different size option
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  Section 2_ Shell series lessons
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  Section 3 _ Sand Dollar & Starfish
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  Section 4 / Starfish and Shells / reference materials
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  Section 4 / Create your own compostion
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  Framing without Glass
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What Students Say


"You have challenged & expanded my watercolor journey beyond my wildest dreams! I’m so very grateful for you!! This is such a super cool course 😍 thank you so much for putting this together ❣️❣️❣️" Georgia Young, NM


"What a great challenge" Susan Caudill


" I would like to thank-you for all the effort you put into your classes, and your joi de vivre. I have learned so many things" Barbara Beintema


"I learned so much taking this class. It definitely pushed me past my abilities." Christine Cleary

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