Simple Street Scenes in Watercolor

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Hi and welcome to Simple Street Scenes in Watercolor. In this class, I will show you how to sketch and paint four different street scenes in a loose and impressionistic style. I run through all the techniques I'm using such as wet-in-wet and wet-in-dry. I'll also show you how to simplify and sketch a street scene in pencil.

This class is aimed toward beginners with 4 full street scene demonstrations which I'll help guide you through step-by-step. There are scans, drawing, and tracing templates included for each demonstration to help you transfer your drawing over quickly and easily.

In this class, I narrate my demonstrations in real-time. I explain every technique I use in the context of the painting, such as layering into wet areas to paint skies, trees and buildings. I'll share what materials you'll need, and which ones I use and recommend. If you have some brushes, watercolour paints, and paper, then you're set to go.

So join me in this class - let's create some beautiful watercolour street scenes that you can be proud of!

In this class, I will cover basics such as:

  • How to draw and compose your painting - these lessons are placed at the beginning of each demonstration to show you how I sketch in basic details. I will show you how to place the horizon line, and how to quickly and accurately sketch in the reference photo. I will also talk about how I use my sketch to plan out the steps of my watercolour painting afterwards.
  • How to use complementary colours to create vibrancy and interest in your watercolour paintings.
  • How to paint skies, roads, figures, trees, and buildings in a soft and loose manner, using a combination of wet-in-wet and wet-in-dry techniques. I'll show you how and when to wet your watercolour paper to obtain particular results such as the appearance of soft clouds, and when to paint in more rigid and accurate shapes once the paper has dried.
  • The importance of timing in watercolours and when to use different brushes.


Your class project is to sketch and paint a watercolour street scene! This can be a scene featured in one of the class demonstration videos or based on one of your own photographs or scenes you've observed outside.

You can also refer to the scanned drawing/painting templates attached below which will allow you to trace the drawings if you choose to do so. I recommend drawing each scene free hand. Drawing is an important step in improving your painting skills. This provides you with an opportunity to compose and plan your painting. Complete your drawing lightly and loosely in pencil so that it won't show through in the final painting. This is especially important for background details such as buildings. Once you've finished the drawing, use the watercolour steps and processes included in the class demonstrations to complete your painting.


  • Use any normal or mechanical pencil, watercolour paper, and brushes you have available. I recommend:
  • Mechanical pencil (0.5mm)
  • 100% cotton watercolour paper or sketchbook
  • Student or artist-grade watercolour paints (primary colours only + white gouache)
  • Watercolour Brushes - mop brush and a variety of round brushes.

Getting Started:

Review the exercises and theory videos first. Then follow along to the class demonstrations. There are 4 different street scene demonstrations that you can draw and paint from. You can also download the tracing templates to transfer over your drawing. Remember to watch the video on 'Materials Required' to help you obtain similar results and effects. Always use the best materials you can afford.

As an additional challenge, research some free reference photo websites and find a reference photo you would like to paint. Using the steps and processes included in this class, create your own unique watercolour street scene painting.

Sharing Your Work:

Once you've finished, share your final painting and progress shots with the class by uploading to I'll provide you with constructive feedback on your painting if you ask. If you have any questions or need more tips, please let me know. I'm happy to help.

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