The Watercolor Atelier Program

Enrollment is Full for the Summer Session

Enrollment for the next session will be announced in my newsletter late summer

This program is designed to encourage a consistent practice and develop strong habits to progress in watercolor and art. Join a small number of your peers on this journey that fosters communtiy interaction and artistic growth. 
A limited enrollment, 6 month program 
Now accepting experienced beginners, intermediate and advanced students.

Instruction + Community + Accountability + Inspiration

Success doesn't come from what we do comes from what we do consistently.

What is the atelier method? (ah-tell-yay)

Traditionally, in this method, students start by painting simple subjects and progress into painting more complex works. At each stage of the process the student needs to demonstrate a degree of competence before advancing to the next stage. Students must redo an exercise if the concepts put forth need more attention.

However, we won’t be quite so strict here, but will work to progress in that spirit.

The program will involve completing master copies as well as applying the techniques discussed to your own personal compositions. Other exercises are designed to instill regular art habits and encourage your personal art growth.

Each month there are 2 major focus points- a foundational art truth and watercolor techniques. 

These ideas are then strengthened, repeated and incorporated into every painting we produce.





Color Theory 



What's in the WAP Program?

An artist's testimonial about their WAP experience

I have had the opportunity to work with Dan through his online classes, two in-person workshops and most recently in his Atelier program.  

The Atelier program was a great program that helped me pull together all of the things I had learned in previous classes and workshops.   The course started with some basic concepts, techniques and built on that from month to month with each demonstration focused on the new techniques while reinforcing those from past months.

The program provided invaluable personal time with Dan to talk through my version of the demo, feedback on my own paintings completed from personal reference photos, and some private instruction.  The program is also designed to build solid painting habits so that I can continue to grow and improve as an artist.  

I came away from the Atelier program with a much better understanding of how and when to apply the concepts and techniques I had been exposed to in previous classes in addition to more confidence.  All of which has translated into a significant improvement in my paintings.  

I would highly recommend working with Dan, I feel that my paintings improved significantly over the course of the Atelier program.  Dan is a great teacher and he is genuinely interested in seeing his students progress as artists.

Examples of demonstrations from a previous WAP session

A look at what you'll see in the WAP members site

In addition to the home page with all of the relevant links, schedule and contacts, each month you’ll find the video replays, demos references, etc.


What can I expect from this program?

Each month, Dan will begin with a demo/lecture geared to the topic of the month. Students are required to complete a demo mastercopy and versions from their own reference incorporating the discussed skills/techniques for the following week’s critique.

What is the schedule?

Sessions will be on Monday evenings, 7-9pm eastern

The first and last week of the month with a week mid month to schedule your personal time (approx 45 min)

There will be shifts in the scheduling due to Dan’s travel schedule, posted on the WAP Homepage

How is this different from your other online teaching programs?
This is the granddaddy, top tier, Cadillac of the online learning experience!
If you’ve studied with me before, this will be a completely different learning experience by having a
group dynamic and the opportunity to develop friendships and community with other artists
on the same journey

What if I’ve already done the program and want to take it again?

By all means sign right up! All the demos and technique references will be different. I’ve also to continue to evolve my teaching style so no 2 versions of the program will be the same

What supplies do I need for this program?

My recommended list of palette colors & all the materials I like to use can be found HERE

About Dan Marshall

Daniel Marshall is a prominent watercolor artist currently based in Denver. Growing up on the East Coast and having previously lived in California, his work retains a strong connection to coastal life. His frequent travels to both coasts allow him the opportunity to keep these themes current in the wide range of subjects he enjoys painting.

Daniel has been an award winning professional artist and leading name in the tattoo industry since 1995, redirecting the majority of his creative energy to fine art painting in watercolor since 2013. He’s been featured in Watercolor Artist Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, American Art Collector and Plein Air Magazine. He is also a regular contributor, writing articles about plein air painting, experiences and watercolor instruction.

Daniel is represented by the Huse Skelly Gallery in Balboa Island, California. Daniel is a much sought after instructor, teaching watercolor workshops regularly and doing demonstrations for art groups throughout the country

He is an avid plein air painter, being inspired by and painting the majority of his works on location. This has helped him to develop a confident style with an immediacy and freshness infused into each painting.

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