What results will you gain?

At the end of this course you will have completed a beautiful painting; as well as learning to combine watercolor with a new medium. In addition you will be improving your drawing, composition, and watercolor skills along the way!

Meet your tutor

Michele has over 20 years experience teaching painting and drawing in the UK and Europe. She has taught thousands of students at hundreds of venues. She is a published commercial illustrator, and has given lectures and demonstrations to art clubs and societies. Her tutorials have been published in magazines and seen on Sky TV and YouTube.


What my students say...

Fast improvement!

Penny Wilby

I have always assumed my art skills were awful (didn’t bother with GCSE art) but your brilliant teaching ability resulted in me learning more in 30 minutes that I ever did at school! Thank you!

Something new and positive after retirement!

by Mary Parrott

I am finding skills I never suspected I possessed and really feel that I have made progress. As a teacher myself, and latterly a teacher of teachers, I know that teaching is not as easy as many people think and you are really good at it, not just the lecturing/ demonstrating part , but the ability to give individuals what they need. Your awareness of colour is extraordinary; you can see what will enhance or rescue a painting immediately. You give clear guidance about materials and tools and really know your subject inside out. Your positivity and encouragement have really been a life-changer for me. And I don’t say that lightly.

Easy to understand...

Mark Shoesmith!

You have an ability to make your students feel at ease and welcome. Your technique in presenting a subject makes it easy to understand what you are trying to convey. You are able to give help and support to your students in a very constructive and positive way. Your enthusiasm for your subject, art, comes across well and therefore enthuses others. You appear to have boundless energy.


  • Do I have to complete the painting in a certain timeframe?

    No, absolutely not, complete the course as and when you wish.

  • Why is the course priced in US dollars?’

    Simply put, I need to use a specialist site with a lot of functionality to deliver this course. All of these sites are American, and although I am English, two thirds of my customers come from the US. If you are in another country don’t worry, safe payment is by PayPal and it will automatically convert to the correct local currency. As a rough guide, for those in the UK $39 Dollars is approx £28 GBP depending on daily exchange rates. For other countries simply google the exchange rate on the day you pay to get an approximate guide.

  • What will I learn?

    You will complete a full painting, combining watercolor with fun collage techniques. You will be provided with an attractive source photo, full materials list, downloadable PDF written instructions and a step-by-step video.

  • How will I ask questions?

    There is a messaging facility within the course where you can send me a direct message, or you can just email me: inthestudiowithmichele@gmail.com

  • Where can I get the materials I need?

    You probably already have many of the materials, unless you are completely new to painting. Your materials list will tell you the exact colors and brands I use, but also give you color swaps so you aren't wasting money if you have something similar already. If you have any trouble sourcing materials online just send me a message.

  • Is the course suitable for beginners?

    Although most people will come to the course with a little watercolor experience, there's absolutely nothing that a beginner with enthusiasm can't tackle! If you feel you need help understanding any basic aspect of watercolor painting there are lots of videos on my youtube channel, and they are all free to access.