Unlock the Power of Gradations

Unlock the Power of Gradations

Add depth and dimension with gradations so that your paintings never look flat again.

Instant Lifetime Access, Self-Paced

Painting gradation is a must-have foundational watercolor technique in order to create paintings that have depth and dimension.

In this course, you'll practice gradations, with our easy-to-follow professionally filmed course with Arts of Course star instructor Jess Rice.

The course shows you how to create a landscape scene with a gradated sky and mountain ranges. You will do this painting in washes, starting from the background to the foreground. Jess throws in a few other techniques on the way to complete the painting. 

What's in this course?

"Unlock the Power of Gradations" is all about giving you the technical know-how and the supportive and constructive feedback you need to paint watercolors you love.

All the modules can be paused, rewound and replayed so you can work at your own pace, whenever it works for you.

You can work from the detailed step-by-step workbook, refer to the complete transcripts or turn on the subtitles.

And you get supportive and constructive feedback from the Arts of Course team and the other students in our Private Facebook Group.

Play, pause and paint with our clear and concise videos showing how to easily create smooth gradations

Just starting out? We've added this video primer as a bonus to help you get started on the right foot. 

Illustrated Workbook
The downloadable illustrated step-by-step workbook includes a supply list and a photo of the finished painting.
private WATERCOLOR group

No need to wait to receive answers to your questions, exchange and share your work in our Private Facebook group.


There's no time limit for you to enjoy this course so you can relax, learn at your own pace and benefit from our growing community.

extra BONUSes to Enjoy!

✓ Paint substitution charts (Daniel Smith, Winsor & Newton, Tri-Art)
✓ Left-handed version

Course Curriculum

What students are saying...

Lyse C., White Rock, Canada

"Jess Rice commands his art and loose style with conviction! He kindly reminds us to 'let go,' 'have fun,' 'one stroke, rinse your brush and feather,' — which I find soothing and inspirational." 

Heather R., Surrey, Canada

"I wanted to improve my watercolour techniques and this course helped immensely. The videos are like having a series of private painting classes with Jess guiding me. The best part is that I get to keep all the lessons, tips and bonuses to use in the future. I highly recommend this course."

Meet your instructor

Growing up on a ranch, Jess Rice learned watercolors at an early age from his mother, an accomplished artist and art teacher.

He has been painting full-time and teaching for over twenty years, collecting many admirers for his whimsical romantic paintings of rural and pastoral scenes.

He has developed a fail-proof teaching process that has earned him a devoted following. Jess now shares his time between his native Montana and British-Columbia.

Instructor art

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Questions? Please email Sylvie at hello@artsofcourse.com