Learn how to paint Venetian landscapes in watercolor following the master’s step-by-step instruction! Discover landscape painting techniques and tricks so you can make future watercolor projects yourself following the methods you learn.
Instructor: Michael Solovyev
Fine Art Painters
For Stage(s):
Aspiring, Emerging, Accomplished, Professional, Master
Medium: Watercolour

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

Starts on Friday, February 9, 2024
Feb 9 | Feb 10 | Feb 11 
Daily for 3 days, 3 hrs each
10:00am – 1:00pm MT


Note: Price in $USD

20 in stock

SKU: TcA-0109-ENG-P Category: Tag:
    Course Description
    Venice—this city is created for watercolor! Embark on a creative journey to the wonderful Italian city to paint gondolas, gondoliers, narrow Venetian channels, and soak in all of the city’s appeal.

    In every class, learn new watercolor techniques and tricks that we will use in our step-by-step projects. Each class you will walk away with a completed painting.

    Michael Soloyev shares generously from his personal expertise and experience with watercolor, making him a sought-after course instructor worldwide.

    Supply List

    Watercolor Paper  

    If you have a favorite brand of watercolor paper, by all means, use it. Hot pressed paper is NOT recommended. Choose 100% cotton 140 pound Rough (Grain Torchon) paper—Saunders or Arches, size from 11×15 to 15×22 inches, depending on your preference.

    Instructor recommendation: Saunders Waterford Rough 300 gsm 


    • Round paintbrush (or mop) squirrel, goat, or equivalent (approximately #12)
    • Round sharp paintbrush (or rigger, liner) (approximately #4)
    • Flat strong brush for watercolor, approximately 1 1/2 inch width (3.5 cm) or bigger

    If you have any favorite brush set, feel free to use it. Asian calligraphy brushes are very welcome (goat, rat, etc.) 

    Instructor recommendation: Michael Soloyev’s Signature Brush Set or Michael Soloyev’s Esconda Signature Set



    The instructor highly recommends Daniel Smith watercolor in tubes. In case of impossibility, you can use any other professional brand. Small sets for travel are NOT recommended.

    You will need a basic color set. It is highly recommended to have the following set (we will use it a lot):

    • Quinacridone Sienna
    • Quinacridone Deep Gold
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Perylene Violet
    • Indigo
    • Cobalt Blue
    • Phthalo Green BS
    • Phthalo Blue GS


    You can get the Michael Soloyev 10 color Daniel Smith Master Set in art stores around the world or order it online: Blick Store (USA) or Deserres (Canada) or Jackson’s (Europe)

    Other Supplies:

    • Masking tape
    • Any board to stretch paper on
    • Pencil
    • Eraser
    • A simple hairdryer
    • Paper towels
    Instructor Bio

    Michael is often called a “sunny watercolorist” – his airy, transparent artworks look as though they emit the sunlight. His traditional academic art education, extensive experience as a head theater stage designer, and oil painter career now inform his priority as a watercolor artist – light. His main belief is that sometimes even a pile of rubbish with beautiful lighting can become an artwork. Michael is a watercolor artist of great renown, with exhibitions and workshops all over the world, from Bolivia to France to Australia.

    Michael sees his work as an artist as exploration and observation of the world and its presentation in such way the others can see the things he saw. He considers being an artist as one of the most interesting jobs in the world. Since theater is his background, it is all done through the prism of theatrical art.

    First and foremost, Michael is a head theater stage designer, where he started his career and made more than 50 plays before his move to Canada. The idea of theater art is still with him – that is where his understanding of visual arts originates from. In theater, everything is different – the main part is the light and how subjects present in it, and not the subjects in themselves. He was responsible for light, sets, furniture, costumes, props, and makeup – all the visual aspects, from A to Z, that the audience can see when they go to the theater.

    Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
    Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
    Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
    Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
    Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
    Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
    Artwork by Michaela Hoppe


    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.

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    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

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    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?

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