Course curriculum

    1. Introduction to Ocean Adventure Watercolor 3D Underwater Landscape

    2. Before you begin-

    3. Advanced Ocean Adventure Watercolor Scene

    1. Crab Drawing

    2. Seahorse Drawing

    3. Fish Drawing

    4. Puffer Fish Drawing

    5. Sea Turtle Drawing

    1. Small Crab Step 1 Drawing with Pencil

    2. Small Crab Step 2 Watercolor Painting

    3. Small Seahorse Step 1 Drawing with a Pencil

    4. Small Seahorse Step 2 Watercolor Painting

    5. Small Turtle Step 1 Drawing with Pencil

    6. Small Turtle Step 2 Watercolor Painting

    7. Puffer Fish Drawing Step 1

    8. Puffer Fish Painting Step 2

    1. Coral Reef in Watercolor Step 1 Drawing the reef

    2. Coral Reef Step 2 Painting Part 2

    3. Coral Reef Painting Step 2 Part 3

    1. Advanced Cutting Out Your Characters

    2. Putting it all together

About this course

  • $47.00
  • 21 lessons
  • 6 hours of video content

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Ocean Adventure Watercolor Scene

Advanced 3D Watercolor Painting Class

Learn to draw and paint the animals you see in the ocean and coral. The advanced watercolor mini course is so much fun. --- Remember, I encourage everyone to practice first and then jump into the final projects.

In step 1, we will learn to draw several sea animals crab, seahorse, turtle, puffer fish, and tropical fish. We are drawing with markers for practice before we do the final watercolor painting. Step-by-step videos are provided for each animal. I have also provided a PDF with my examples and photographs of these animals. 

Step 2 take three of your favorite drawings and draw the fish on the watercolor paper with a pencil. 

Step 3 paint them with lots of control with your brushwork. We will add detail and personality to our characters. Then we will cut them out. 

Step 4, we will paint an underwater scene of just coral. 

Step 5 put it all together and make a 3D underwater masterpiece. 


    Black permanent markers with thin and thick tip

    Alcohol Markers or any markers

    Marker paper or copy paper

    9” x 12” 90 lb. watercolor paper and 12” X 18” 140 lb. watercolor paper

    Watercolor paint

    Set of brushes for watercolor + a very small brush

    Water container and lots of paper towels

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Karen Barge

Hi, I'm Miss Karen
Karen Barge is a native Texan born and raised in Dallas, now living in southern California. Karen received a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from The University of North Texas and went back to school to get a degree in Computer Graphics in Multimedia a few years later. In 1992, Karen pursued a career in California as a graphic designer in the video game industry. She worked for GTE/Verizon for 9 years. After that she ran her own graphic design corporation for 6 years.
Along the way, she taught a variety of art classes for ages 4 to 85. She created her own curriculum for classes at the Vista Art Foundation’s Gallery 204 and held teaching positions at several Montessori and Catholic schools. Karen has taught kids classes and camps, watercolor, acrylic and oil painting.


“This class exceeded my expectations! Karen is very clear and guides you step-by-step in the creative process! It makes it easy to follow her instructions. Both my 6 year old boy and my 9 year old girl loved the crazy paint class. They keep creating more and more pictures. Great job Karen and Thank you.”

-Marco S. (Father)

“What a great lesson, what else can I say. Good and very useful examples, nice tips that you can apply right away. Enthusiastic and clearly explained. Thanks again for this lesson. My whole class loved this project.”

Jesse J. (Art Teacher)

“Mss Karen is so creative and helps us be more creative than most teachers. She helped me take a simple project like the sun line lesson and make it so much more interesting. ”

Kayla E. (Age 14)

“Mrs. Barge is my favorite teacher. I have taken every one of her summer and winter camps. She is now teaching me how to paint acrylic on canvas. My mom says we have run out of room for my art. We are going to have to buy another house.”

Ashley S. (Age 8)

“Love Karen’s enthusiasm level, and personality. Her class is done well in every way: organized, actionable, great pace. Her drawing prompts and suggestions are going to be very helpful to me. The downloadable documents were very helpful to re-enforce remembering. Thanks Karen!”

Linda Mae O.

“As a beginner artist, I truly appreciated your “ease” in your demeanor: you are very approachable, Karen, and easy to be with. Your projects have a positive aura, confident yet not intimating which allows a pleasant environment to create art! I loved your video workshops … I also loved the Christmas Paint Party”

Aly Dobek (Retired Beginner Artist)

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