Sketching Nature: Foundations Course | New Skillshare Class

Check out my newest class (February 2022):

Sketching Nature Foundations Course

If you’re new to my classes, this is the best place to start!

In this class you will learn:

  • Common materials used for sketching nature inside and outside
  • Easy sketching techniques
  • Simplifying shapes in the landscape
  • Basics of watercolor
  • Basics of sketching rocks, trees, and other natural elements
  • Introduction to Color Theory, Composition, and Perspective
  • Multiple real time demos
  • And so much more!

Class Outline:


  • Lesson 1.1 Setting intentions and managing expectations 
  • Lesson 1.2 Painting on Location
  • Lesson 1.3 Finding your Style


  • Lesson 2.1 Basic techniques
  • Lesson 2.2 Sketchbook Habits
  • Lesson 2.3 Simplifying Landscape Shapes (part 1 & 2)
  • Lesson 2.4 Intro to Value Studies
  • Lesson 2.5 Intro to Composition & Design
  • Lesson 2.6 Intro to Perspective


  • Lesson 3.1 Color Theory Basics
  • Lesson 3.2 Watercolor & Gouache Basics
  • Lesson 3.3 Demo #1 – Watercolor Rocks
  • Lesson 3.4 Demo #2 – Watercolor Trees
  • Lesson 3.5 Demo #3 – Plein air Watercolor
  • Lessons 3.6 Demo #4 – Gouache Forest

Final: Class Project & Homework Suggestions

Drawing and painting simplified trees
Step by step drawing and painting simplified rocks

My teaching style

My goal as a teacher is for students to take away a deeper understanding of the subject, rather than just copy something they see on screen. Understanding the “why” allows you to continue your studies and develop your techniques with a solid foundation.

Want to dive deeper? Check out my other in-depth classes for drawing and painting nature:

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I'm an independent artist living in Scotland. Always chasing the light, and painting the beautiful highlands.

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