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One of the most wonderful characteristics of watercolour is its immediacy.
Fantastic results that capture the essence of our subject quickly, simply and without fuss or fancy technique are typical of watercolour!

This course is pure paint-along fun!

No theory, no complicated techniques, simply join me for 3 Zoom Sessions to tackle a wide range of subjects requested by you!

We may start with a loose sketch or possibly no sketch, just diving into this expressive medium to see what we can achieve.

This is a course where we leave all expectation of end results at the door and plunge in to the fun an adventurous side of watercolour - ironically this usually leads to better end results anyway, hah! 

I guarantee you will surprise yourself at least a few times!!

We'll approach this course as if we were sketching from life, with the same excitement and energy of plein air painting. In doing so we will cover a huge amount of very useful information, which can easily be transferred to working from life or plein air.


This course is absolutely suitable for any and all experience levels!

THE COURSE at a Glance

The premise of this course is very simple!

Join me for three paint-along Zoom sessions with minimal equipment.

We will work through a selection of reference photos; sometimes starting with a quick loose sketch done on the spot, other times diving straight in with paint.

I will encourage you to
send in one or two photos you would like to see me tackle.
Please send your own or photos from copyright free sites - I will send out a list of these sites.

I may well receive far too many photos to possibly attempt in 3 sessions. If so, the selection will be made first come, first served, but also what is most suitable.

However, I will do my best to choose an extremely broad range of subjects, including ones which appear tricky so we can look at how to simplify!

It's going to be such a fun course, I really hope you will join me!!

Don't forget, if you cannot attend live you will receive a re-watch link, and have access to stream or download the Full HD Versions, for life.

(This represents by far the best value if you are interested in one, or all of my current Zoom courses)



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My name is Tom.

I am a professional artist, specialising in watercolour, and I love SHARING my knowledge with others to help them on their own artistic journey.

After teaching and mentoring many students of all abilities for over 10 years, I have discovered and refined what is needed to IMPROVE your painting – and how to teach these concepts in a very simple and practical way to take your painting to the NEXT LEVEL.

Sketching in Watercolour
Online Zoom Mini Course

A Pre-recorded Intro video on materials and considerations
3 Live Zoom Sessions
(If you cannot attend live, recordings will be available immediately)
This course includes lifetime streaming access to Full HD versions, or you can download the videos – your choice
The course will operate through Google Drive but also via email for those who do not wish to use Google Drive

You will have life times access to stream all videos and sessions and/or download them to keep forever.



  • Pre-recorded Introductory Video - download or stream for life

  • 3 Live Zoom Sessions - approx. 3 - 3.5hrs including Q&A and draw-along demos

  • Catch up / re-watch via Zoom link (available immediately after each session)

  • Full HD version of live sessions will be available to download or stream on completion of the course

  • Theory, practical examples, studies and demonstrations – all draw-along style

  • Lots of reference photos across a range of subjects (As mentioned I will take requests but may not be able to accommodate all of them!)

  • Your quick questions answered by email – detailed answers will be addressed in live sessions

  • Life time access to stream the videos and/or download them to keep forever


The essence of this course is simplicity, so a selection of your favourite materials will be fine.

Here is an example of possible materials

(a more detailed list will be sent out well ahead of the course starting)

  • A4 and /or A3 sketchbook, gummed block or sheets of good quality paper. Ideally 300gsm.

  • A basic set of 6 primaries (I will be using more as examples, but they are not essential)

  • A couple of brushes: a medium sized mop plus smaller mop or pointed round.

  • Water pot, palette and kitchen roll

  • Masking tape and a board if you do not wish to work direct in your sketch book /pad


LIVE SESSIONS have been set at a variety of times

This is in an attempt to accommodate an international range of students as best possible.

Allow around 3 - 3.5 hours (there will be plenty of breaks!)

Don't forget, if you can't attend live the replay is available immediately

Plus the HD version will be available to stream or download within 3 days

Not forgetting that you can STREAM or DOWNLOAD all videos and sessions FOREVER

All times UK (GMT)

Live Zoom Session 1: 6th February 2024 @ 10am

Live Zoom Session 2: 9th February 2024 @ 2pm

Live Zoom Session 3: 12th February 2024 @ 5:30pm

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Join me for Watercolour Sketching

EARLY BIRD PRICE until midnight 21st Dec'23 (UK time) = £79

Full Price after this = £95

(PLEASE NOTE that an edited version of this course will be available to purchase in the future but at the full price of £165. So even if you cannot attend live, purchasing now represents the best value!!)

There are 2 other Zoom Courses reamaining in early 2024:

Charcoal, The Figure Revisited

(click the links to see full details)

If you wish to book onto all 3, including this one, the option is below.

This option does represent by far the best value.

If you have any questions about any aspect of the course please do not hesitate to get in touch with Tom:

07980 611 267

copyright Tom Shepherd Art 2023 - 2065

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