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Elements of Watercolor

Learn trade secrets to confidently create stunning watercolor paintings with luminous results.

Instructor: Crystal Beshara
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.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Apr 10 | Apr 17 | Apr 24
3 sessions, weekly
3pm – 5:30pm MST


Note: Price in $USD

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All recordings are available for 1-month after the course finishes.

High School, University, and College students get 30% off!
See FAQs at the bottom of this page for details.

Course Description

Boost your watercolor skills with international arts educator Crystal Beshara! In this comprehensive course, Crystal shares the essential properties of watercolor and equips both beginners and enthusiasts with the confidence to create beautiful , luminous results. Whether you choose to watch and learn or paint along, Crystal will help demystify the often-elusive language of watercolor.

This course will help you:

  • Learn best practices for selecting brushes, paper and the right palette mixing techniques.
  • Explore fundamentals including how to work light to dark, avoiding blooms. Explore graded washes, wet into wet, and dry brush methods.
  • Use masking, lifting, and glazing for varied effects.

You’ll also get:

  • Step-by-step exercises for hands-on learning.
  • Detailed demonstrations of Crystal’s technique, addressing specific questions and issues.
  • Time to complete a seascape as a final project, guided by a reference image.
Supply List
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INTRO to watercolour materials list 2024 (PDF)

Instructor Bio
With over 25 years of teaching experience, Crystal’s expert instruction empowers students to grasp the magic of watercolor. Walk away from this course with a strong foundation and newfound skills to enrich your painting journey.
painting of a woman by Alexandra-Manukyan
artwork by alexandra manukyan
artwork by alexandra manukyan
painting of a ballerina


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 72 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 [email protected].

After this time no refunds will be given (if you have extenuating circumstances you believe justify a refund, contact us at [email protected]).

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] and we’ll do our best to support you.


High School, University, and College students get 30% off ANY course (non-member price).

To claim this discount:

  1. Use coupon code in checkout: student_30_off
  2. Complete your checkout
  3. 🚩Before your course starts, Mastrius Registrations will contact you and WILL REQUIRE info to verify your student status