VIEW-Michael Reardon

VIEW with Michael Reardon ``Tivoli, Italy`` in Watercolor

Day 1:  Village in Tivoli, Italy

Day 2: Fountain in Tivoli’s Villa d’Esme


“Each painting is pre-recorded allowing for close-ups and review if necessary. I will narrate it live to facilitate easy interaction with you.

A 3-minute preview of each painting is on YouTube:

Village video:

Neptune Fountain video:

Fundamentals covered will include: working wet-in-wet, creating a strong composition, evoking a sense of light through the use of values, and manipulating color for its full expressive effect”.

Class Information

The class is live and interactive on ZOOM

Dates: Feb 7 & 8 from 9am-1pm Pacific Time 

Level:  Intermediate to Advanced

Participants: Max 20-

Medium: Watercolor

Price: $224 for 8 hours. If you can’t attend, you can buy the recording only. Book the class and email us to let us know you won’t attend.

Class Format

  • A host from the VIEW Academy will facilitate the meeting, admitting you if you connect late, helping you with technical problems, etc…
  • The V.I.E.W. workshop is live, interactive and hands-on
  • Michael will demonstrate step by step using pre-recorded videos,  breaking up the process in manageable steps, giving you time to paint during the live session. He will narrate live.
  • You will be able to ask questions directly to Michael
  • You will be able to show your work to Michael to get personal feedback and critique
  • You will enjoy interactivity with fellow participants
  • You can keep the recordings of the class forever.

What you will learn in this Class

  1. Learn by using a step-by-step process to create your own final painting.
  2. Learn how to create dynamic washes through granulation and mixing on the paper.
  3. Learn how to paint directly using pigment saturation to get the values you want.
  4. Learn the importance of “values” in watercolor painting.
  5. Learn how to use a reference photo in tandem with your imagination.
  6. Learn the elements of strong composition to take your paintings to the next level.
  7. Continue to practice what you learn with the class recordings that you can keep forever.

Biography-Michael Reardon, AWS

Michael Reardon has been painting and teaching watercolor for many years. He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society and a Master signature member of the California Watercolor Association. He is also a signature artist member of the California Art Club.

He is the author of Watercolor Techniques: Painting Light and Color in Landscapes and Cityscapes, from North Light Books and has three DVD’s that demonstrate his approach to painting landscapes, cityscapes, and waterscapes.

He has been featured in several magazines, such as Watercolor Artist and L’Art de l’Aquarelle. His work has garnered many reviews and prizes, including the Ogden and Mary Pleissner Memorial Award from the American Watercolor Association and Best of Show in the Statewide Watercolor Exhibition at the Triton Museum in California. He was also the recipient of the Gabriel Prize from the Western European Architecture Foundation, which sent him to Paris for three months of painting. He works from his studio in Oakland, California.

Check Michael Reardon’s website at

Samples of Michael Reardon's Art

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Testimonials from our VIEWers

“The session recordings are one of the reasons these live on-line workshops are better than in-person workshops. The other reason is that we can sit comfortably and look over the shoulder of the artist during the demo. I’m so glad that you are presenting these workshops!”

Margaret W.

“Michael Reardon’s watercolor class from Feb 11-12 was a wonderful experience. He is a superb teacher and painter and focused this workshop on painting water and on getting the values right. This was my second attempt at the French Abbey that Micheal used as his demo. I highly recommend his classes!”

Karen F.

“I had a great time participating in Michael Reardon’s class. Thank you Jackie facilitating a great workshop! I learned a lot and happy to have a few more tricks up my sleeve for a bit of control for watercolor. As Michael said…watercolor always reminds you who the boss is! And it ain’t me!”

Kathy F.

“Painting along with Michael Reardon was such a pleasure. He made the challenging subjects of complex architecture, light and shadow, and the changing properties of water all very doable. I am looking forward to continuing today with a new painting.”

Evelyn C.

“What a superb workshop with you, Michael. There are so many things about your workshop that I loved:

First, your skillful use of your pre-recorded demonstration not only meant that we could first watch you paint a section & then paint ourselves, but also that you were fully ‘with us’ & able to listen & respond to our queries, & really look at our work that we hold up for critique  etc. This made for such an inspiring, calm & relaxed instructional approach.

Second, I have really learned the advantages of underpainting, especially with those colours, as well as the wonderful granulation that can be achieved with rough paper that Ive rarely used before.

Third, I found your colour palette, the dimensions of the long narrow format of your composition as well as your actual composition, to be so uplifting !

And to you Jackie, thank you so much for organizing these truly amazing workshops & for always being such a lively coordinator!!”

Rosemary T.

The Price of US $ 224 for 8 hours includes:

  • Documents to help prepare for the class
  • Personal feedback during the class
  • The recording of all sessions for you to keep forever
  • The access to our VIEW Facebook page so you can share and communciate with the VIEW Academy community of artists and teachers.
  • If you can’t attend, you can buy the recording only.
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