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Simply Watercolours a Virtual Painting Course by Tessa Baker

Tessa Baker is a talented artist who runs small-group painting holidays and workshops in Provence, Italy, and other beautiful destinations. For several years, she has organized Painting Provence with Tess tours. The intimate group size ensures that everyone gets the personal attention required. These weeks are creative, intense, and productive.

In addition to the travel weeks, you can now join Tessa online for “Simply Watercolours,” a series of painting lessons for someone learning to paint or wishing to understand the basics.

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Simply Watercolours

Whether you are a complete beginner, or an artist experienced with painting in other media, this online series could be for you. The course includes 20 lessons and roughly three (3) hours of video information on techniques. From start to finish, Tessa Baker introduces the materials and guides you through the methods, concepts, and theories to develop your skills as a watercolour artist. Simply Watercolours is a unique offering which includes one-on-one video calls with Tessa via Zoom. This personal touch ensures that you master the basic techniques with her coaching.

Watch this video to learn more about Tessa and this new online workshop.

About Tessa Baker

Born in London, Tessa lived with her parents and four sisters in the English countryside village of Rousham. Her creative education includes Chelsea School of Art and later at Slade School of Fine Arts. Tessa’s artistic interests sparked working with her mother on theatre set designs. However, her father determined she needed a practical profession and sent her to train as a chef in Switzerland. Both educational paths have served her well. Tessa has painted for over 30 years and has proven culinary talents.

Who are her artistic influencers? Hoffman, Matisse, Pollock, Rodin, Rothko, Riley, Van Gogh and Monet all form part of her creative inspiration.

Tessa Baker describes her painting trips with students like this, “We go to so many beautiful places to paint, we eat fantastic food, and we are together every day all day. We have all made such good friends during the trips each time; it is hard to say goodbye.”

Simply Watercolours Painting Course

Course Details

The Simply Watercolours – courses for beginners includes the following:

Ten (10) units and a total of 19 videos
Fifteen (15) one-on-one sessions with Tessa Baker

What Will You Learn?
Watercolour materials
Different effects of mixing paint and water
Graduated washes
Colour mixing techniques
Basic colour theory
Understanding light and distance

Click Here for the Course Details

Please note: You have 20 months to complete all the modules. The time limit is needed to keep continuity across the extensive one-to-one sessions. However, you have continued access to the program after that time.


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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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