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Tom Shepherd Presents the
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We will take a traditional journey through subjects to explore MODERN watercolour

COURSE STARTS NOVEMBER 2022 - course runs ONCE a year ONLY

FREE DEMOS & Masterclass Series Intro

"The zoom demonstrations are the best demonstrations that I have ever attended. I have learned more from you than any other artist. You are a truly gifted teacher and your enthusiasm is infectious. Thank you so much." - Sue




 Limited Time Bookings - this series will only run once a year 


5 Zoom courses for a deep dive into applying foundational principles

& essential elements of watercolour to specific subjects

Suitable for ALL experience levels & styles

Join me for all 5 courses

Or pick and choose the ones you would like

(Prices vary depending on package chosen)


completed - booking no longer available


9th, 13th & 16th December '22


10th, 13th & 17th January '23


20th, 27th & 31st January '23


3rd, 7th & 10th February '23

watch LIVE or CATCH UP later

(all sessions 10am - 1/1:30pm UK time)

re-watch each session for 21 days

Loads of other bonus material & extras

more info below

"I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the truly enormous amount of work that you must have put into making the Watercolour Masterclass the mind-blowingly informative, helpful and fun course that it has been. 

I can honestly say it is the only course I have ever done where I learned loads (from the introduction videos) before the course even started! It was billed as a ‘deep dive’ into watercolour and it was definitely that, but I didn’t drown and I loved every minute of it."


- Janet ('22 Student of the Original Class)


Would you like to gin the confidence to tackle any subject?

Not only will these course equip with everything you need to do this

What's included? How does it work?

Course details

Optional add-ons

Why online learning?


Join me for a deep dive into enjoying your watercolours 


and I will see you there


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Still Life Course

now complete

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Still Life & Landscape

Course now complete

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Still Life, Landscapes & Wildlife Course now complete

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Still Life, Landscape, Wildlife & Figures now complete

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Own your Course + £45

Wildlife Course + £85


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FAQs subject

Frequently Asked Questions

By signing up to one Series, do I receive a discount on future ones?

For those who signup to the 4 or 5 Course Subject package you will receive a 30% discount on ALL future MC Original Series and a 40% discount on ALL future Subject Series.

If you have attended any of the MC Original Series you will receive a 30% discount on all Future Subject Series and a 40% discount on future Original Series.

To simplify: if you end up attending both courses at any point you will receive a 40% discount on all future courses moving forward. 


This is firstly because I have found students loved the community element of these course so much that being part of future ones is very appealing.

Secondly, I will be covering a ot fo the same ground (all though there is always more to add and things you won't have "heard" first time round), but all the demos will be different. I feel the discounts offered area a fair reflection of this.

Should I do all 5 courses in the series?

The Series has been designed to work as one whole unit, and I tried to price it in a way that was affordable to do so. I would recommend all 5 courses together. Whilst you may not have n interest in every subject offered I am confident the Course will still benefit your painting.

That said, picking the subjects which most interest you is perfectly fine too!

Which courses should I choose?

I would recommend all 5, but don't be afraid to juts pick the subjects which interest you most.

You do not need any specific materials, other than your usual painting gear e.g., a small selection of brushes, standard colour set, your normal paper, and any sundries like palette, water pot, kitchen roll, etc.

I will email out (in plenty of time) a list of materials that I like to use, with other suggestions and alternatives.

I am a complete beginner, is this series suitable?

Absolutely, this would be a fantastic place to start as beginner. There may at times be theory that is quite in-depth, however, I always try to pull out of this useable and practical advice however - for any level of painter.

If you have literally never picked up a brush I would recommend you do some painting in advance; but I would still say that this series would be the perfect platform to start learning watercolour.

I would recommend purchasing the add-on to own the course if you are a beginner, as a lot of this info will be great to refer back to time and time again as you develop.

I don't have a Zoom account, is this ok?

You do not need a Zoom account. You will be emailed a Zoom link which you will click on. You will be asked to either watch in a browser on your device or asked if you would like to download the app.

I do send out a PDF with full instructions on how to use Zoom

Are the reference photos copyright free? What if I want to show any of the paintings online (or even in person)?

Some photos will be completely copyright free. For these you can do what ever you please with the photo and the paintings from them.


Other photos will have been bought on a photo subscription website. I am licensed to send these to students for use as reference for paintings/study aids.


However, it is not within the license for students to then sell these paintings on social media/website (you may display them). It is also not allowed for students to exhibit or sell these paintings in person either...however...


...if a particular painting comes out very well and students would like to do any of the above; I am very happy to share the link so they can buy their own license. Then they can do what they like!  It is very affordable, generally working out at somewhere between £1 - £10 per photo.

I've been an oil painter for years, but have never even tried watercolours. Would this series be ok for me?

Yes, absolutely! I would be the perfect course for you. Some previous knowledge of painting in any medium would be a really great help, and you will find this series perfect for translating your existing knowledge into the medium of watercolour, and getting to grips with it fast!

I have purchased an add-on, how do I access these?

The Wildlife Course add-on is available immediately to stream and download via Vimeo, and remain this way for any point in the future.

If you purchased the add-on to own the courses you attend, the HD version will be edited and released after the course is over. These too can be streamed and/or downloaded at any time in the future.

Due to download limits/internet speed, many students opt to have the add-ons loaded on to USB stick or external hard drive and posted out to them.

The cost of the USB stick/drive, and postage, is extra and I can advice on the size needed, and also recommend the best quality ones for the job.

I recommend until the course is over so that I can upload (if wanted) - all the introductory videos, all the summary videos and the add-ons.

I can't make the sessions live because I live in a different time zone. Can I catch up another time?

Yes, you will be sent a Zoom Link and password after each session. This will allow you to re-watch every session for 14 days, as many times as you like.

You can also own the courses you book onto by

purchasing the "own course" add-on.

Can I paint-along?

Yes, please do. The demo sections will be done in away that allows for painting-along i.e thoroughly explained as best as possible. I will say that paint-along with someone else is great fun, but there is an element of letting go involved and having to work at someone else's pace.

Many students paint-along live, they then go back and do it a second time via the re-watch link and they can then pause and work at their own pace.

Others simply watch live, then paint-along when re-watching.

Why is the cost so heavily discounted if I book onto all 5 courses?

The series really is designed to work as one whole unit, and I wanted to make it as affordable as possible for people to invest in the entire series

I don't quite understand the add-ons and the different packages?

The two add-ons are optional. The first is to own the entire course i.e. the re-watch links are only active for 14 days, if you want to revisit the course this add-on allows you to download the HD version to own for ever.

The second is a downloadable version (to own) of the previous 5 part wildlife course

You can purchase the courses alone at a given price. You can purchase either add-on, or the "full package" price is the courses plus both add-ons.

If I buy the add-ons, how can I download them?

I will email out a link to download the videos directly. However some people may wish to use a cloud storage or other means, we can sort this at the time to suit peoples requirements.

How is this series different from joining your Online Watercolour school?

So the with the Online watercolour school, there are tutorials and narrated time-lapses. Whilst I do mention a lot of the same principles the tutorials are often more general and less concise, with less theory. Great for painting along or to work with over a longer period of time.

This masterclass series is designed to be an incredibly concise, very direct way to teach the keys and foundational principles to really improve your painting.

Whilst joining the site will improve your work, it is aimed at slow and steady progress.


The Masterclass series and the Online School in particular would go very well hand in hand.  The Masterclass series would be the perfect foundation for the Online School...although not necessary by any means.

Think: Masterclass = short, but very in-depth and concise; Online School = these principles built up slowly over time and repeated.

What materials do I need?


Testmonials subjects

"Thanks so much for such a fantastic course!

I have loved every minute of it and have been amazed at how much content you put into it. It really felt like doing a proper college course and was a lot of fun!

I painted alongside you and created some vibrant, quirky, eye catching animals!

It certainly was speed painting but it was good to be able to rewatch it and try again at a more sedate pace!. ( sometimes I preferred the quick ones! )

Thanks, I have had a blast!"  - Alison

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the truly enormous amount of work that you must have put into making the Watercolour Masterclass the mind-blowingly informative, helpful and fun course that it has been. 

I can honestly say it is the only course I have ever done where I learned loads (from the introduction videos) before the course even started!

It was billed as a ‘deep dive’ into watercolour and it was definitely that, but I didn’t drown (although sometimes it felt like I might) and I loved every minute of it. - Janet

"Tom’s beautiful work has been the entire reason I wanted to dip my toe into trying watercolours in the first place! I owe all my knowledge and technique learned so far from him!  Tom is an extremely articulate teacher and his demos are informative, fun and utterly inspiring. I look forward to participating in future workshops to develop my skills further."

"Just to say that I really enjoyed Tom Shepherd’s watercolour demos. His knowledge of  colour blending and application is extensive. I learnt a lot."

"I have been painting birds in watercolours for many years and reached a plateau where I felt stuck! Your tutorials showed me a new approach and took my painting skills to the next level."

"Your zoom classes are just fantastic. They take away the fear of not being good enough to paint. Your style of teaching is just the best and so encouraging and the notes and explanations help along the journey. I only dip into painting now and again but things may change. I have always admired Tom’s style. It is so fresh and has a magic light."

"This demo was so encouraging - easy to follow and packed full of little tips along the way. His bold expressive early washes and later attention to detail has really helped me progress. A natural teacher!"

"Tom is a brilliant artist and a very generous teacher. He packs a lot of good info in two hours and is happy to take questions plus you get to see him in action! Very inspiring."

"These zoom demos are amazing value and I’ve taken away so many tips and tricks from them. Tom’s approachability and relaxed manner combined with his clear and concise teaching methods make him a great teacher and I always eagerly await his next demonstrations. They are a joy to take part in!"

"I took part in the portrait zoom class. I was quite nervous before the start even though no one could see me. I took notice of the preparation notes and had my table set up in front of the PC. Tom works quite quickly but I was soon fully immersed in the painting and really enjoying myself. I have never tackled a portrait before but thought the out come was surprisingly good. I know some people preferred to watch and then use the video, but I would recommend going for it live. I also appreciated the drawing tips from the class."

"The zoom demonstrations are the best demonstrations that I have ever attended. I have learned more from you than any other artist. You are a truly gifted teacher and your enthusiasm is infectious. Thank you so much."

"A few words about Tom's zoom demos. I found them very interesting not only from the painting point of view but also all the preliminary information and diagrams. Tom is very helpful to all taking part and ready to answer any questions. Wonderful experience and certainly well worth time and money. Thank you Tom."

"Tom’s Zoom demos are amazing! I find it fascinating to watch him create live with so much enthusiasm and energy. I appreciate that he shares his passion and knowledge with such generosity. I like the fact that I can re watch the videos later and pause them as many times as I need when I try to paint my versions."

"Having just taken part in Tom's 'Watercolour Wildlife' zoom course I have to say what a great teacher Tom is. 


He explains everything clearly and simply, with a friendly and gentle manner, and certainly inspires you to go out of your 'comfort zone'! 


In particular his critiques have been spot on, and I have learnt a huge amount.  I can't wait to see if I can carry on the good work, and, of course, join another course again soon.  Many thanks Tom!"  -  Janet

"Tom combines being a brilliant watercolour artist with being a very down to earth teacher.  He explains his methods very clearly in his demonstrations, and his enthusiasm for the medium encourages pupils every step of the way. 

Personally I feel I have benefited enormously from his guidance and can't wait to carry on improving my watercolour work employing all I have learnt."

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