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Project Watercolor: Sand & Sea

Throughout the course, you’ll have access to video tutorials, step-by-step demonstrations, and personalized guidance from your instructor. We’ll also provide a dedicated online community where you can connect with fellow participants, share your progress, and receive constructive feedback.

Instructor: Sue Dion
Fine Art Painters
For Stage(s):
Beginner, Aspiring, Emerging
Medium: Watercolor

Not sure what stage you are? Visit our How It Works page for details.

Starts on Saturday, September 16, 2023
Sept 16 | Sept 23 | Sept 30 | Oct 7

4 sessions, 1.5 hrs each, weekly
9:00am – 10:30am MT


Note: Price in $USD

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    Course Description

    Hey there, art enthusiasts! Are you ready for an exciting watercolor journey where you’ll dive into the mesmerizing world of sand and sea? Join our four-week project-based course, “Capturing the Beauty of Sand and Sea,” and let’s unleash your creativity with the magic of watercolors!

    Over the course of four immersive weeks, we’ll embark on a colorful adventure, exploring various techniques and subjects inspired by the beach, seascapes, and sandy shores. From tranquil waves to sun-kissed shores, you’ll learn how to bring these captivating scenes to life with watercolor.

    Whether you’re a beginner eager to dip your brushes into the world of watercolor or an experienced artist looking to refine your skills, this course has something for everyone. We believe in fostering a supportive and interactive learning environment, so get ready to connect with fellow artists, share your progress, and receive valuable feedback from our experienced instructors.

    Week 1: “Seaside Serenity”
    In our first week, we’ll focus on mastering the basics of watercolor techniques. Dive into the tranquil world of seascapes, capturing the essence of calm waves and distant horizons. You’ll learn how to create gradients, blend colors, and add texture to your paintings to evoke a sense of serenity.

    Week 2: “Sun-Kissed Sands”
    This week, we’ll turn our attention to sandy shores and beaches. Learn how to depict the warmth and radiance of the sun as it dances upon the grains of sand. Discover techniques for painting the interplay of light and shadow, capturing the intricate patterns and textures of the beach.

    Week 3: “Marine Life in Watercolor”
    Let’s explore the wonders beneath the sea! From delicate seashells to vibrant marine creatures, you’ll learn how to create stunning watercolor renditions of the ocean’s inhabitants. Discover the secrets to painting translucent water and the mesmerizing reflections it casts on underwater life.

    Week 4: “Expressive Coastal Landscapes”
    In our final week, we’ll push the boundaries of your creativity and dive into expressive coastal landscapes. Discover how to infuse emotion and atmosphere into your watercolor paintings, capturing the energy of crashing waves, rugged cliffs, and windswept beaches. We’ll explore various techniques for creating movement and capturing the essence of the coastal environment.

    Supply List


    If you already have watercolor pigments, bring what you’ve got! (You do not need to have the exact colors I have.) Try to have on hand at least a warm and cool of the three primaries or the three primaries and three secondaries.

    Some possibilities:

    • Primary Magenta (Permanent Rose)
    • Cadmium Red
    • Cerulean Blue or Manganese Blue
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Cadmium Yellow Light or Hansa Yellow
    • Quinacridone Gold
    • Sap Green
    • Cadmium Orange
    • Dioxazine Violet or Cobalt Violet


    • You’ll want a couple of rounds (#6 and #10)A 3⁄4” flat and a script liner at the least
    • I prefer a sable/synthetic blend but I use synthetic brushes as well
    • Beste Nadel Round (Creative Mark) or Rosemary Brushes Sable/Sythetic Blend
    • Windsor and Newton 3⁄4” flat Series 995
    • Script Liner #1


    • Minimum of 4 pieces of Arches 140# Cold Press or Fabriano Uno 140 lb. cold press cut to 5 x 7 or 6 x 9.

    Other Supplies:

    • Pencil
    • Eraser
    • Sketchbook
    • Masking fluid
    • Paper towels
    • Blow dryer
    • Coffee stirrer or straw
    • Graphite paper
    • View my Pinterest board which includes links for purchasing these items
    Instructor Bio

    Sue Dion is an accomplished artist with a passion for capturing the essence and beauty of the world around her. Through her vibrant and expressive artworks, she invites viewers to embark on a visual journey that celebrates the wonders of nature, human emotion, and the interplay of light and color.

    Driven by her insatiable thirst for creative exploration, Sue found her true artistic voice in the enchanting medium of watercolors. With delicate brushstrokes and a keen eye for detail, she breathes life into her subjects, infusing them with emotion and a sense of wonder. Sue’s mastery of watercolors allows her to expertly capture the ephemeral qualities of light and atmosphere, transporting viewers to captivating scenes and evoking a range of emotions.

    Sue’s artistic process is deeply inspired by the natural world. She finds solace and inspiration in the serene landscapes, delicate flowers, and the ever-changing play of light on water. Her ability to convey the intricate textures of petals, the dappled reflections in a pond, or the interplay of shadows and sunlight is nothing short of mesmerizing.

    Drawing on her experiences and observations, Sue Dion’s artwork goes beyond mere visual representation. It tells stories, evokes memories, and stirs the imagination. Her captivating compositions not only showcase her technical prowess but also convey a sense of tranquility, joy, and reverence for life’s simple pleasures.

    Sue’s artistic achievements have been widely recognized and applauded. Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous galleries, and she has received accolades from esteemed art organizations. Her pieces adorn private collections around the world, captivating art enthusiasts and collectors alike with their timeless beauty and emotional resonance.

    Beyond her artistic pursuits, Sue is an avid advocate for arts education. She firmly believes in the transformative power of art and actively seeks to inspire and nurture budding artists through workshops, demonstrations, and mentorship programs.

    Step into Sue Dion’s world of vibrant colors, delicate brushstrokes, and soulful expressions. Experience the magic and be transported to a place where art and life intertwine.

    What are people saying about Sue's classes?
    “I loved, loved, loved the class! And I think you are not just amazing at your painting skills, but also an amazing teacher – which are not necessarily the same or interchangeable lol.” ~ J Crumb

    “Sue is a fabulous artist and very inspirational instructor. She has a unique ability to explain complex theories in an understandable manner to assist students with their art. Sue is very patient and encouraging with all of her students as she helps them discover their own style and inner artist.”

    “Sue generously shares every tidbit of knowledge she has in order to enable her students to succeed. She does not hold back information from her students and actively celebrates their successes with them.”

    “Instructor enthusiastic and helpful. Variety of subject matter.”

    “Sue has the ability to make new painters feel at ease. I never felt intimidated in classes even when others were much more advanced because Sue could work with a class with a variety skill levels. Some of my favorite quote’s were, “It’s only a piece of paper”. “Go for it, It’s your world”. ” Don’t be a chicken”. She encouraged the class to share their painting , so she could critique our paintings. I learned a great deal from that.”

    “Great Instructor” Relaxed and enjoyable. Lots of Information.”

    “Great teacher. Small class size. Convenient location. Right price. Differing abilities in the class so we learn from each other too.”

    “High energy of Sue Dion – contagious.” Your classes are very informative. You are generous with your techniques and I’ve learnt a lot. Your techniques are so clever that I haven’t came across before.. instructions are clear and steps are simple to follow. I hope you continue offering classes online I have a lot more to learn from you.”

    “Teacher is very patient and knowledgeable. Well supplied.”

    “The best features of the class were location, helpful and talented teacher.”

    “Sue has a wonderful loose painting style. Her teaching style is open and friendly. She answers questions willingly. She also provides great feedback. I have gained wonderful tips and tricks from her explanations.’

    “Information and tips that spark the imagination.”

    “Sue’s passion for painting and positive attitude are infectious which is why many of her students have been taking classes with her consistently for the fifteen+ years she has been teaching.”

    “Sue is a wonderful teacher and opens up all sides of watercolor painting to you: new techniques, mixing of color as well as many little “tricks” that contribute to your creative process. I think the most important component is that Sue creates a totally non- intimidating atmosphere in which to learn. Everyone

    has fun while learning! Don’t miss out!!!”

    “Sue is personable, knowledgeable, and her lessons are reasonably priced; she makes learning art fun in a stress free environment.

    “Her classes are informative and hands on. She is warm and approachable. She encourages her students to venture out of their comfort zones into the realm of intuitive painting and provides a fun, safe environment for doing so.”

    “Where do I start! You don’t rush steps, you explain what you do, you are very patient and helpful with us students, you are generous with your information, you chose different subjects throughout the month that tackle different techniques, you are always there online and off to answer questions and offer help and I love your voice

    I’m addicted”

    “I love her originality and style in anything she does.”

    “I have been painting with Sue for years. She takes you through a painting step-by-step as well as demonstrates the best techniques to use. She also demonstrates what not to do, which makes for a valuable learning experience. Her honest critiques have helped me become a better painter. Her group classes are fun and have helped develop new friendships!”

    “She made my lessons educational and fun!”

    Painting of flowers and pears
    acrylic painting of a lake by sue dion
    Watercolor painting of flowers by sue dion
    watercolor painting by sue dion
    Watercolor painting of flowers by sue dion
    online mixed media painting


    How many registrations are required for a course to start?

    A minimum of 6 registrations are required.  If 6 registrations are not received by the time the course is 24 hours from starting, the course will be cancelled and all registrants will receive complete refunds.

    What is the maximum number of people in a course?

    This varies for each course.  The maximum number of registrations is decided by the instructor.

    Can I get a refund?

    Up until 24 hours before a course’s first session you can receive a complete refund. You can cancel your registration via the My Account portal, or by contacting

    After this time no refunds will be given (if you have extenuating circumstances you believe justify a refund, contact us at

    Can I register for a course already in progress?

    No. Once a course has started, no new registrations are accepted.

    Where will my course be held?

    All courses meet online over Zoom. You will need a device equipped with a camera and a microphone to fully participate. 

    If you have not used Zoom before, learn about how to use it here.

    If you don’t regularly use Zoom, we recommend you join your first session 10-15 minutes early in case your computer needs to install or update Zoom.

    How do I join my course?

    You will receive a welcome email from when you register.  This email includes the Zoom link to join your course session.  You will also receive 24 hour and 2 hour reminder emails before each session, and each of these emails includes the Zoom link.  You can also access the Zoom link to join your course in your MastriusChat group.

    Are the sessions recorded?

    Yes, every session is recorded and are typically available 24 hours after a session ends.  All session recordings will remain available for the duration of the course, and for one month following the last session.  The recordings are viewable within the MastriusChat platform, and cannot be downloaded.

    What if I miss a session?

    You’ll be able to watch the session’s recording.  If you have questions the recording doesn’t address, you can ask them in the chat feed of your course’s private MastriusChat group.

    What is MastriusChat?

    MastriusChat is an online discussion platform.  You and your fellow course registrants will be assigned to a private MastriusChat group where you can connect and support eachother via the chat “feed”. Your group is also where you’ll access the session recordings. Other resources in your MastriusChat group include a link to join your course sessions, and a library your instructor can use to share resources.

    What is a Navigator?

    A Navigator is an artist who joins your course to ensure both instructor and registrants have an enjoyable experience. They support (as required) with technology, timekeeping, moderating questions, and between-session discussions on MastriusChat. The Navigator has also joined the course as participant, and just like you, they’re wanting to grow their skills and learn the material.

    I’m not ready to register because I still have questions. Who do I contact?

    We’d be happy to help! 

    Reach out to us at and we’ll do our best to support you.