Architecture course

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The foundation a watercolorist needs for confidence in constructing and depicting complex forms such as city streets, house facades, architectural elements, ships, yachts, and bicycles when working in the studio and in the open air.


English and Spanish subtitles are available

From a simple lantern element to a complex building facade
with contrasting sunlight.

Architectural painting relies on two skills: academic drawing and watercolor technique.

In the course you will be able to deal consistently with drawing and watercolor right from the architectural details. From exercises to final drawings, everything will be full of life: these are not plaster staging, but real capitals touched by time, textures of dried plaster from city streets, lanterns, not cubes, cones and pyramids.

Classical academic drawing for architectural forms is exactly the foundation that gives the aquarelle artist the confidence to build city streets, house facades, architectural elements, ships, yachts, bicycles. 

After drawing, we will add watercolor techniques to our instruction: the proper use of color to create, for example, sunlight, quick sketch subjects, and slow studio work

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On this course you will learn

Working with watercolor when depicting urban landscapes and architectural elements is composed of several skills:

  • Finding subjects in reality
  • Composition and arrangement of an object on a sheet of paper
  • Finding proportions and dimensions
  • Linear and aerial perspective
  • Working with shading: seeing and conveying volume
  • Illustration of different types of light: diffuse and contrast sunlight
  • Features of watercolor technique
  • Coloristics and chromatics
  • Classical step by step work: from the general to the particular and from light to dark

We'll break down all these points in detail in the context of academic rules and learn how to break them in order to master watercolor for depicting architecture once and for all.

For whom this course is


  • You work in watercolor, but feel you lack the basic rules of perspective and finding proportions.
  • Ever dropped out of academic drawing because you got bored.
  • Would like to master classical pencil shading and feel the difference between linear and light-toned drawing.
  • Dream to understand such concepts as linear perspective, aerial perspective, tone, flare, penumbra, reflex, falling shadow, own shadow and so on.
  • You want to know all secrets how to create realistic architecture in watercolor filled with sunlight on a white sheet of paper.

The course structure will change smoothly from simple to complicated in order to put your hand in the most harmonious way, to develop the sense of rhythm and generally understand the basis of academic drawing as applied to watercolor painting.

Lectoroom is a unique online school of painting, drawing and illustration. Based on the author programs of the teachers with whom we cooperate, here you will learn a lot of new things in different techniques. When, where and how much. It's all online.

You have access to videos courses 24/7. 



8 lectures

2 hours 50 min

We will learn how to depict the main thing, work with coloristic sunny landscapes and answer the question: how not to get confused in so many details and draw complex subjects quickly in the studio or in the open air.

3 hours

Complication of the object. Work with the construction of a truncated pyramid. Construction of a lantern consisting of five elements. Composition consisting of different painting techniques: line and construction drawing and watercolor image center in color.

2 hours 46 min

A deeper study of the three types of perspective we use when depicting cityscapes: frontal, linear, and aerial.

2 hours 38 min

2 hours 53 min

Strengthening the skill of creating sunlight and volume on a white sheet of paper. Work with watercolor.

3 hours

2 hours 40 min

Будем учиться изображать главное, работать с колористикой солнечных пейзажей и отвечать на вопрос: как не запутаться в таком количестве деталей и рисовать сложные сюжеты быстро в студии или на пленэре.

3 hours 15 min

We will learn how to depict the main thing, work with coloristic sunny landscapes and answer the question: how not to get confused in so many details and draw complex subjects quickly in the studio or in the open air.

Necessary materials

  • Cotton watercolor paper.
  • Fin and Satin for work with pencil shading.

Recommended format 28*38cm or 30*40 approximately a quarter of a standard sheet.

  • Round squirrel paper - size 18-12;
  • Round synthetic brushes with sharp tip - size 4-8;

  • Gamboge
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Pyrrol Orange
  • Quinacridone Rose
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Indanthrene blue
  • Phthalo Green
  • Neutral Tint
  • Oxide Black

  • Mechanical pencil with 0.5 lead size for plotting and graphite pencils for hatching.
  • Eraser, blotter
  • F, HB, 2B, 3B pencils
  • masking tape
  • Wipes
  • Bottle for water


Julia Barminova

Julia Barminova

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