What students say:
"Wow, Birgit, what a fantastic course! I have learned so much, made so many valuable mistakes and produced some eye-popping paintings. I can't thank you enough for teaching me how to push around watercolor paint." Carol Cox
"I am learning so much, both techniques and materials. I can feel and see the difference in my regular painting and am so much closer to the brilliance of color I was searching for. This process is inspiring and has my creative juices flowing again." Dianna Harrison
"I am learning so much from the class" Jessica Shaffer
"I have struggled with that for years and FINALLY, thanks to you, feel that I have a better grasp of the techniques. I’ve also learned a great deal about the different types of brushes -synthetic, natural & blends and how each hold water differently. You're the only instructor to explain it throughly. This has been a FANTASTIC course - thanks so much for offering it! I really like the online courses (this is my second) & will definitely be taking more! Thanks again, Karen Schmidt
"I was suffering from ”painter’s block”, this course took me way out of my comfort zone and challenged my preconceptions about water color I took a deep breath, jumped in and "It worked" the juices are once more flowing. Thank you for restoring my faith in myself. I am raring to go. Diana Harrison
"Its as good, or possibly even better than being in a class with you. "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. Feel like I'm on the right track with the right tutor to help me". Kind regards from Jude. :-)
6 Week Interactive Premium Course
Have you struggled with not feeling by confidant enough in your painting ability?
This 6-week course works on developing your skills and how to confidently apply your brushstrokes of color into a painting. As an instructor, my goal is to help you become a better artist, through demonstrations, exercises and painting assignments, here you are able work at your own speed, participate in live class meetings, ask questions, and post paintings.
- Lifetime access
- Paint anytime day or night
- Go at your own pace, ask questions anytime
- Join optional Live meetings, or watch the recording
- Access your courses anytime, anywhere, with a computer, tablet or smartphone
- Lessons are designed for a proven learning and successful experience
- No set class time! these courses are structured to fit around your schedule
- Downloadable PDF reference photos and sketches
- CC (Closed Caption)
- $575 value as an in person Workshop
Skill Level Artists: all levels are encouraged to participate
- With lifetime access you can watch and do the lessons as many times as you like.
- If you can't complete the lessons within the 6-weeks, don't worry you can always join a future session, (just check the class board within the course).
- About Facebook, it's just an additional resource and way to share and connect with other students.
- Painting reviews, meeting links, all happen within the course.
How an e-course works video lessons are on-demand and are downloadable so you can paint on or offline and when the time is right for you.
Live meetings are optional and are not required, you will be able to see and meet other students as we review selected submissions, problem solve, with demonstrations, to improve your skills.
When are Live meetings scheduled? bi-weekly meeting will be during the week. If you can’t make a meeting you can always watch the recording.
When does class start? Once you enroll you have immediate access, assignments and submission option open after the course begins.
How an interactive e-course compares to a in-person class Instead of rushing to complete your assignments within a few days, traveling expenses, time off work, feeling frustrated that you can't see the demonstration, I'm right on your desk with you, and surprisingly many students feel they get more individual attention in and interactive e-course compared to an in person workshop.
So much more than a Zoom only class, the meeting schedule allows you time to work on your paintings and then when we meet we review what you've done, problem solve, along with demonstrations.
Meeting schedule Jan 25 - March 8
- Jan 25 – introduction
- Feb 8 - painting review - Iris
- Feb 22 - painting review - Purple Tulip
- March 8 - painting review - Cactus
- 2:00 PM (P) San Francisco
- 3:00 PM (MDT) Denver
- 4:00 PM (CDT) Chicago
- 5:00 PM (EDT) New York
- 10:00 PM (BST) England
- Time Zone convertor
StartHow to change your profile information (0:55)
StartHow to download and Print a PDF (0:17)
StartHow to transfer the image to watercolor paper (4:29)
StartHow to make a quick line drawing or enlarge
StartHow to upload a painting
StartOptional Facebook Groups you can join
StartHow to print the line drawing to size
StartHow to print the line drawing from a mobil device
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
Frequently Asked Questions
"Many thanks for "Fearless Flowers". The lessons have all been perfect for me - I have been contemplating flowers for some time and your advise and critiques (written and the live webinars) have helped me to push through the frustrations that quite often occur when I try something out of my comfort zone. Being able to watch and hear you walk through the flower paintings has been as if you were right here beside me. Til later......Beth Bentz
"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
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! a first class instructor" Cheryl Feragen
"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 love the pace of your instruction, and the fact that you include the little details that are so important. It's really so helpful to me that you're making no assumptions about prior experience." Judy
"I love how you challenge your students to paint outside our comfort zones. I've incorporated all of it into my own paintings". Frances
"These classes are so exciting I can't wait for the next one" Karen
"Thanks so much for your generosity I am a high school art teacher and ave been painting for years your classes are incredibly well developed and clear." Heather Ayris
"These classes are so exciting I can't wait for the next one" Karen