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  • Class is Open!  Self-Study Course
  • Instructor – Steve Griggs
  • 6 Lessons/5+ Hours of Instruction
  • Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
  • Private Group
  • Course Price – $99USD
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Do You Want to Learn to Create Moving and Evocative Watercolor Cityscape Paintings?  Are You Ready to Grow Your Watercolor Skills?


Join Steve Griggs in LOOSE WATERCOLOR CITYSCAPE PAINTING where you will learn my method for understanding loose watercolor painting and developing a cityscape painting while giving voice to your own artistic style.  Learn my strategy for creating beautiful, moving cityscape paintings with energy, freedom, and fascinating stories.  You’ll be surprised what you can do with a paintbrush, an open mind, and a sense of humor!  We hope to see you in class!




By the end of this course students will have an understanding of the following concepts:

  • Look at a cityscape scene and break it down into simple shapes.
  • Understand value and how value is used to express shape.
  • Discover how color relates directly to values and knowledge of value.
  • Express the human form using accurate proportions.
  • Represent other forms in the cityscape as supporting elements to the story.
  • Develop a fundamental understanding of course elements and how they apply to the creation of a completed cityscape painting.


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In our first lesson, students will be introduced to the concept of simple shapes. A reference photo will be used to demonstrate how to identify simple shapes in a cityscape scene. Additional instruction will include an introduction to watercolor techniques which will provide the background for practice in painting loose, abstract shapes. Students will then examine those abstract shapes to discover how they can be developed into more concrete scenes.


Using the reference photo from lesson one, Lesson Two will introduce light and dark values and how to utilize comparative value in analyzing simple shapes in a cityscape. This lesson will demonstrate how to use this process to create the structure for a cityscape painting.

In this lesson students will be introduced to the concept of a five-value key and how color families relate directly to value structure. We will continue to build from previous lessons and apply color to the simple shapes as they relate to value.

Sketchbook Image B

Foundational to a cityscape scene is inclusion of the human form. In this lesson students will be introduced to appropriate proportion when painting figures. The lesson will also include instruction in painting in visual cues to promote viewer completion as well as how to represent figures in motion such as walking and running.


Lesson 5 introduces the concept of ‘entourage’ or adding supporting elements to a cityscape painting such as cars, busses, buildings, light poles, trees. Students will learn how to integrate the supporting elements into the scene using the concept of simple shapes.

In our final lesson, students will plan how they will interpret a cityscape scene into their own unique painting using simple shapes, values, and loose watercolor painting techniques.




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Steve's love of art started early in life. While other children would lament field trips to the art museum, that was his favorite day of the school year! Steve's mother bought his first 'real' watercolor set of six tubes of paint, when he was in elementary school and his love of watercolor was born. Growing up in a large family made finding time and space for painting difficult. Whenever possible Steve would steal away to the basement of his childhood home where he would paint but never show anyone what he had done. Steve remained a 'closet artist' until he attended Michigan State University and graduated with a degree in Studio Art. Steve later attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

With his unique, loose, moving, and evocative painting style, Steve’s paintings have been juried into a variety of national and international exhibitions and regularly win awards. Steve loves to guide other artists in learning to paint in his free and expressive style and he is a popular demonstrator, workshop instructor, and exhibition juror. Steve and his partner, Sue, have written numerous articles for publication in Watercolor Artist and The Artist Magazine (published in the UK).

Steve has gallery representation with Mirada Fine Art in Indian Hills, Colorado; Twisted Fish Gallery in Elk Rapids, Michigan; and J Petter Galleries in Douglas, Michigan.

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This course will have a private Facebook group just for you!  This course is a self-study, so the teacher may or may not be active in the group.  However, students still sign up and you can see past and present work and comments.


Below is a list of the supplies that I will be using for the projects in this course.  However, you are always encouraged to use what you have on hand. 



I use Daniel Smith and M Graham almost exclusively (these are my favorites), Winsor Newton Cotman or Van Gogh watercolors will do. I often use Winsor Newton Cotman or Van Gogh for sketching and preliminary studies.


Brushes - the best quality you have or are able to purchase

  • One round big, mop/quill-shaped
  • One round pointed brush (sable or squirrel)
  • One rigger or needle point for fine details and lines
  • Small round brushes sized #8, 10, 12 (I like Escoda Versatil or Princeton Neptune or Da Vinci)
  • 1” Flat



  • Arches OR Fabriano 300 grams rough texture 140 lb. It is best to use 1/4 or 1/2 size sheet, but of course, you can paint in any size you feel comfortable. I will demonstrate on 1/4 and 1/2 size sheets.
  • Sketchbook – Canson or Arteza Watercolor 9” x 12”



  • Sponge (for drying rinsed brush)
  • Palette
  • Small pocket knife or palette knife for scraping in
  • Tissues for lifting out
  • Water containers
  • Masking tape
  • Scotch tape
  • Pencil
  • Spray bottle
  • Painting board to mount paper


**Upon purchasing your course, you will be asked to create an account and go through the purchase process (even if the cost is $0 for a free course).  If you have already created an account, after purchase your course will IMMEDIATELY be available under “LOGIN” at the top right-hand of karabullockart.com.

**If your course does not show up, please email us at karabullockart@gmail.com

**Due to the nature of the immediate availability of the course, all purchases are nonrefundable.

**Please talk to the artist of the course about his/her policy on selling artwork created in this course prior to selling any works created during course.  Some artists will allow it, while others do not.  Thank you for your support.


  1. Brenda (verified owner)

    This is one of the best classes that I have taken. He does not just show but gives expert easy to follow instructions that can be applied to other paintings. You will be able to create your own paintings after you take this class. I highly recommend it.

  2. Pamela Enz (verified owner)

    I”ve taken a lot of online watercolor classes and this class stands out as one of the very best. He takes you through the process and explains the why of each step. He doesn’t rush to get to the final painting but teaches each small step to get you there. I would love if he would do more! I highly recomment this.

  3. Pamela Enz (verified owner)

    I just finished Steve Griggs class. It was wonderful. He takes you through each part of his process with demonstrations and exercises before you move into the final painting. I can use his teaching to go out and create my own street scenes without a doubt. I highly recommend this coarse.

  4. Dolly Halverson (verified owner)

    Have had several classes with Steve and his loose style…and I bought his course and love going over technics, planning, colors…well worth the investment!

  5. Fabienne Herbert (verified owner)

    Such a great class, I really enjoyed it and learned so much. You not only get demos but proper instructions and clear explanations on how to proceed. Well organised class. I highly recommend.

  6. Naomi Swyers (verified owner)

    I learned to loosen up a bit by using his technique. I loved the steps you took in developing color and value. I wish there had been more people on the FB group to follow along with, however it was nice seeing the few pieces that were created. I recommend his class to people that need to loosen up, his technique is wonderful.

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