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Alex Hillkurtz Watercolor Workshop Live (online) from Paris

Session Begins January 29th!

6 Live Classes

Plus a jumpstart lesson




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In this 6 weeks live course, I’ll share some of my favorite Paris locations with you, and guide you through my process of creating evocative urban watercolor paintings. We’ll explore the basics of perspective, composition, and color mixing, before moving on to capture the mood and character of a place. I’ll teach you how to create a strong center of focus, depict depth on your page, and techniques for how light and shadow reveal form. Join me for an in-depth exploration of the joys of watercolor painting.

Live Class Schedule: Sundays, Jan. 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, 26 and March 5th from 12:00 -1:30 EDT – If you miss the live class for any reason you will be able to watch it is a replay starting the following day. 

Alex Hillkurtz was born in England and grew up in California where he is a renowned storyboard artist for feature films, television, and commercials.

His film credits include “Argo”, “Almost Famous”, “It’s Complicated”, and many others. Alex currently lives in Paris with his film editor wife, Tiffany, and enjoys discovering the hidden corners of the city that sketching and plein air painting allow.

He uses the language of cinema to inform his images, moving beyond what one sees, and depicting what he wants others to see.

He believes that in our too-crowded lives, sketching and plein air painting invite us to move at a more deliberate pace… a true sense of place, and sometimes unexpected stories are revealed.

List of Materials

This is a list of suggested materials. If you don’t have, or can’t find, anything on this list, don’t worry, we can do a lot with a minimum amount of materials. I’ve included my personal choices for each item in parenthesis, but I don’t want you to feel obligated to rush out and buy high-end materials. There are certainly less expensive options.

Pencil – 4B, 6B

Brushes –

• One Round – (I use Escoda Perla 10, Van Gogh “191” 8)

• One Flat – (I use Raphaél “915” 18 or 12)

• One Mop – (I use Raphaél “le 803” petit gris 8, 5 or 3, Escoda Ultimo 14)

Ink Pen – Any ink pen with waterproof ink.

Sakura Pigma Micron 05, 03, or 01


Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment fine liner 05, 03, or 01


• Fountain pen with waterproof ink

(I use a Faber-Castell Guilloche fountain pen with refillable cartridges that I fill with Noodlers Polar Black ink)

Paper –

• A basic sketchbook (approx 22x28cm) suitable for thumbnail sketches as well as watercolor exercises, so a slightly heavier paper that can handle

washes. (I use Strathmore 400 series watercolor sketchbooks,)

• 100% cotton watercolor paper, approx 30x40cm. I like Canson Héritage and Arches cold pressed. I like using paper in blocks so I don’t need to

stretch or mount it on anything. But if you’d rather use loose sheets, that’s fine as well.

Paint – I use Daniel Smith and Rembrandt paints, but most brands are suitable for what we’ll be doing. Here’s my palette:

• Cobalt Blue

Ultramarine Blue

Cerulean Chromium

• Burnt Sienna (English Red if using Rembrandt paints)

• Pyrrol Scarlet – a warm red, similar to W&N “Scarlet Lake”, Sennelier “red”, Schmincke “Vermillion”, Da Vinci “Permanent Red”

Indian red – a very opaque, granulating, and earthy red. Also made by DaVinci and W&N.

Raw Sienna

Raw Umber

• Yellow Ochre

Quinacridone Sienna – Old Holland “Quinacridone Red Orange”, Schmincke “Quinacridone Gold Hue”, W&N “Transparent Yellow” mixed with a little W&N “Burnt Sienna”

Quinacridone Red

• Cobalt Yellow

Miscellaneous –

• Paper towel


Masking tape

• Water bottle

• Water container (plastic cup)

About the Instructor

Alex Hillkurtz

“I believe that in our too-crowded lives, sketching and Plein air painting invite us to move at a more deliberate pace.”

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