Vacation in Italy

Summary

The course consists of five video lessons with detailed explanations by teacher Julia Step. We will paint vivid Italian landscapes and still lifes in watercolor, plunging into the atmosphere of Italian cities.

Instructor
Julia Step

Julia is a professional artist. She has extensive experience in the field of design. She became interested in watercolor painting in 2015

Currently, Julia illustrates books, draws a lot to order, paints walls in private houses and various institutions, teaches watercolor painting.

Instructor's Works
Course Program
1 Lesson 1. Door
Learn how to create the texture of old wood
Learn how to create the volume of an object using value contrast
Learn how to paint a watercolor illustration in a limited color palette
Learn how to detail a door using various techniques
Learn how to draw brickwork
Lesson duration: 55 minutes
2 Lesson 2. Patio in Florence
Learn to connect all the elements of the work with the help of color
Learn what colors to choose to create a sun-drenched home
Learn how you can diversify the stone surface of the house using various techniques
Learn how to create stone masonry texture
Learn how to organically fit greenery into the urban landscape
Lesson duration: 46 minutes
3 Lesson 3. Tuscan landscape
Learn the sequence in which to start work on creating landscapes
Learn how to create background without too much detail
Learn how to paint trees with a calligraphic brush
Learn to convey aerial perspective
Lesson duration: 52 minutes
4 Lesson 4. Wine from Liguria
Learn how to create the texture of a wooden barrel
Learn how to create volume using light and shadow
Learn how to bring your background to life with interesting watercolor effects
Learn how to build a composition when creating a complex still life
Let's learn how to convey the transparency of glass
Lesson duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
5 Lesson 5. Venice
Learn to build a composition based on knowledge of linear perspective
Learn how to get started when working with complex cityscapes
Learn how to paint water ripples in watercolor
We will learn how to organically combine architecture and water in urban landscapes
Lesson duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
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Materials

 Brushes

1. Squirrel or imitation squirrel #8-10.
2. Squirrel or squirrel imitation #4-6.
2. Synthetics round No. 4.
4. Flute No. 4-5.
3. Brush for calligraphy (goat/wolf).

Watercolor

Cerulean, turquoise, indigo, ocher yellow, violet, red ocher, natural sienna, neopolitan, ultramarine, violet, olive, yellow-green, light scarlet, lacquer blue, green.

Paper

Cotton paper. Julia uses Saunders Waterford fin.

What You Will Create
Student's Works
Questions?
Our F.A.Q.
1 How do I pay for the course?

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The equally common problem is that you don't get an SMS with a code. In this case, we recommend that you first click on the button to re-send the message (each bank has its system). If you still don't receive the message, turn your phone on and off. Often, you will receive an SMS with the code immediately after turning it on. If you don't receive an SMS, try it in a few hours. Sometimes banks disable this system, and it doesn't work for a long time. If this does not work — contact the bank or us, and we will try to help.

2 When can I start my classes?

The course description provides the start and end dates of the course. The course's first lesson will be available on the day of the course start — the rest of the lessons open at 00-00 on the days specified in the course description.

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If the course is with teacher support, you complete the lesson's tasks, take photos of your work, upload it to your gallery, and write a message to the course teacher. The teacher checks your work, gives feedback, and opens access to the next lesson.

 

If the course is without teacher support, go through the lessons step-by-step, and feel free to upload your work to the gallery or personal social networks. But don't forget about our contests — be sure to mark your work with a special hashtag of the course!

4 How do I receive teacher feedback?

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In courses without teacher support, feedback is not provided.

5 Is it okay for me to start online learning with zero drawing experience?

Yes, our courses are designed for those who have never drawn and those who already draw. The level of difficulty of the course is indicated in its description. In our hearts, we believe that everyone can learn to draw — choose a course for beginner and start creating with us!

6 Can I watch videos after the course ends?

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7 I have problems with the site — crooked layout, I can't log in to my account, etc. What should I do?

We constantly check our site and update its functionality. It allows you to enjoy our school and drawing process. Unfortunately, this has a downside — modern browsers often save parts of the old version of the site, leading to different problems.

 

Fortunately, there is a simple solution — clear the browser cache. It is done quite simply (including mobile devices). You can read the fantastic instructions for all types of browsers and devices here. Usually, you will need to log in again on the site after performing these actions, and everything will start working correctly. If the problem is not resolved after this, please contact us by email info@artpier.ru, and we will figure out how to help you.

8 My video is slow, I can't watch my course. What should I do?

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Like all other big online learning companies, we rely on 3rd party video hosting; in our case — it's Vimeo, one of the best and biggest services there are. So steps that you should try:

 

1. Cleaning the cache of the browser. All instructions can be found here.

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3. In the low right corner of the video player, there is a special settings button where you can choose quality. Please try setting a bit lower quality.

 

If nothing helps — try going directly to Vimeo and watch any video on the site. If this video is still slow, then there is just an issue with connecting to their servers, not more we can do about it. If it's fast — feel free to write to us, we will try to figure out something for you :)

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