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Designing Nature

If you want to get good at something, find out how it works.

Students say they’re not good at design, or they don’t understand design...but they do.

You use design when you arrange the furniture in your living room, place flowers in your garden or pick out jewelry to go with an outfit. We all possess a unique sense of design, and once you’re aware of how to apply design principles...they’ll be evident in every painting you paint. For the past five years I’ve been putting together an online tutorial that addresses the principal elements of design and how to apply them to your paintings.

Covered in this course:

  • How to simplify nature
  • Use harmony and contrast to to add excitement to your painting
  • The power of light
  • Understand value and color
  • How to analyze a photograph
  • Learn to arrange your values to make your painting readable


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Your Instructor


Don Andrews AWS
Don Andrews AWS

Don Andrews is a nationally known watercolor artist and workshop instructor. He is a graduate of Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and a resident of Bastrop, Texas.

Don is an active member and past board director of the American Watercolor Society. His paintings have received numerous awards in national watercolor competitions, including three awards from the American Watercolor Society.

Don has conducted painting workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe for over 35 years.

Don is the author of the books, "Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor", "Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor" and "Rough Sketches: Short Stories of a Traveling Artist". He has also created two DVD workshop sets that are based on what he teaches in a full week workshop: one on painting figures and one set painting landscapes, as well as his DVD, "Making Watercolor Glow" taken from his original video. He is also featured in the Watson Guptill publication "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Watercolor" and North Light's book, "Confident Color" and has had numerous feature articles published in American Artist magazine, and the Watercolor issue of American Artist. For more information visit his website at www.donandrewsstudio.com


Seasoned artists and teachers will tell you their big breakthrough came when they began introducing design principles into their paintings.

Course Curriculum


  Introduction
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  Containment
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  Foreground
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  Build a Theme
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  Center of Attention
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  The Key-Design Sketching
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  Kanuga, NC
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  Harmony and Contrast
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  Shapes
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  Interlocking Shapes
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  Interlocking Page
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  Silhouettes
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  Patterns
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  Understanding Value
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  Simplify Nature's Values
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  Working From Photographs
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  Why Value Sketch?
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  The Uses of a Notan
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  The Relationship of Color and Value
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  Value Patterns
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  Arranging Values
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  Shadow Patterns
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  Gestalt (Structure and Patterns)
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  Scale
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  Counter Change
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  Point
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  The Abstract in Nature
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  The Power of Light
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  Qualify the Light
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  Light Direction: Front Light
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  Light Direction: Back Light
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  Light Direction: Top Light
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  Light Direction: Dramatic Light
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  Artistic Light
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  Putting it All Together
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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