Art Toolkit Classes
Watercolor Fundamentals with Maria Coryell-Martin
Dive into watercolor painting with this six-session course.
Choose your participation level:
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Join us for Art Toolkit’s Watercolor Fundamentals with Maria Coryell-Martin this autumn! From October 11th through November 15th, we are offering a six-week online course with weekly videos, prompts, student feedback, and live sessions on Wednesdays, 4–5pm Pacific.
We’ll practice a range of foundational watercolor techniques, including mixing colors, brushwork, layering paint, and composition. You’ll build confidence in the studio with skills you can bring on your adventures everywhere.
Choose your level of participation! We are offering two opportunities for engaging and developing your watercolor skills: Live Access and Recorded Access. All students, regardless of participation level, will have access to recorded sessions and reference materials for at least six months after the final course session.
Live Access students receive the Watercolor Fundamentals Kit, and participate in live sessions with Maria, where she will guide you through the lessons, answer questions, and demo additional skills.
Recorded Access students will have access to session recordings and reference materials for those who wish to work at their own pace.
We hope you can join us for this unique course with Maria! Please register before October 4th to save your spot.
- Learn how to set up your palette.
- Understand the basic properties of watercolor.
- Explore a range of mark making possibilities.
- Practice water control through a range of washes.
- Explore color mixing and working with triads.
- Create simple layered landscapes.
- Develop awareness of positive and negative shapes.
- Approach composition through thumbnails and value sketches.
A weekly hour-long interactive group session with Maria for Live Access students.
Recorded Access students will recieve a link to view the recording the following day.
- Pre-recorded lesson videos and a downloadable PDF each week.
- Live Access students will receive the Watercolor Fundamentals Kit.
- Access to a student community during the course.
- An invite to join the Art Toolkit Workshops Facebook Group.
Maria will be using the Watercolor Fundamentals Kit, and a few additional supplies.
Cold-press watercolor paper
Maria will be using the Hahnemühle Landscape Watercolor Book. Other watercolor sketchbooks will work well, or loose-leaf watercolor paper.
Warm and cool of each primary, plus neutrals
Maria will be demonstrating with the following eight Van Gogh Watercolors. Other paints, such as Daniel Smith, will also work well! Some alternative colors are listed below.
Transparent Yellow Medium
Hansa Yellow Medium is a good alternative.
Or a similar earth yellow.
Permanent Red Light
Pyrrol Scarlet or another orange-red is a good alternative.
Or a similar magenta hue.
A size 8 pointed round brush
Maria will primarily demonstrate with the Rosemary & Co R10 size 8 synthetic round. You may also wish to have a small pointed round for details (such as a size 4) and a flat brush (3/4” to 1” wide).
Included exclusively with the Live Access version of this course, the Watercolor Fundamentals Kit includes hand-picked supplies to start your watercolor journey.
- Watercolor Fundamentals Palette with 8 Van Gogh® by Royal Talens colors.
- Hahnemühle Landscape Watercolor Book.
- Rosemary & Co R10 Golden Synthetic Pointed Round Brush.
- Art Toolkit mini pencil and blue shop towel.
How to Register
Select either "Live Access including Watercolor Fundamentals Kit" or "Recorded Access" and add to cart. Important: you are not registered until you have completed checkout.
We will send you a payment receipt by email. If you don’t see it, please check your junk mail folder, and add "firstname.lastname@example.org" to your contacts.
When you have completed checkout, you’re in! Live Access students will have their Watercolor Fundamentals Kit shipped out ASAP.
Look for a registration email the first week of October including access details and a syllabus. Live Access students will sign in to the first live session on Wednesday, October 11th, at 4pm Pacific.
Questions? Please send us an email and we’ll help you out.
Maria Coryell-Martin is an expeditionary artist following the tradition of traveling artists as naturalists and educators. Since 2005, she has focused on painting polar and glaciated regions, working with scientists and on expeditions in the Pacific NW, Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and the Antarctic Peninsula. In the field, she sketches with ink and watercolor, and collects multimedia recordings to build her palette of place: a record of experience, climate, and color. This work inspires studio paintings for exhibits, as well as multimedia presentations and hands-on workshops to promote observation, scientific inquiry, and environmental awareness. Learn more about Maria’s work at expeditionaryart.com.
Maria is the founder of the Art Toolkit, creating expedition-proven tools for sketching and painting, from urban to wilderness adventures.