Learn to Paint
Realistic and Stunning
Watercolours in as little as 20 hours!!

Have you felt drawn towards painting but never really honed the skill because "something" keeps holding you back?

Ever been curious about how good you could get if you had the right instruction and really gave yourself the chance?

Yes?Well, then I'm glad you found me!

My name is Anna Mason and I'm an award-winning professional artist. I love to paint detailed, vibrant watercolours inspired by nature.

I started painting when I was 2 years old, did A LOT of it throughout my childhood, then left it behind, went off to university and got a “real job.” But, though it took a backseat for many years, my creative passion never disappeared. I expect yours hasn't either.

I was 26 when I made the decision to immerse myself in art again and began creating realistic watercolours in my spare time. I went on to win some awards, some of them quite prestigious, and I realised that I was onto something.

I've never taken a class. I'm entirely self-taught. And now I'm passionate about helping others to learn to paint just like me!

Here, I explain how the school works

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Learn a proven method
that's suitable for all skill levels

I've refined my unique method for painting amazingly life—like botanical art over the course of my years as a hobbyist turned pro, and for the last 7 years, have taught this method to thousands of people from over 70 countries worldwide.

The work from my students that you see on this website is not touched up or altered in any way — these are real paintings done by people just like you! Many of the artists you see here were beginners with little to no experience yet they learned to paint with watercolours like someone who had been painting for years.

My clear, step-by-step video tutorials focus on STRUCTURED PRACTICE, which helps you to overcome emotional blocks and negative self-doubt, transforming the experience to one that's positive, empowering, and fun!

My basic principles of painting with watercolours can be applied to other subjects as well, so you can paint portraits of people or pets, landscapes, building and structures, and more. Once you know what to do, you can take this wherever you want to go!

How could I possibly learn this stuff in 20 hours?

As Josh Kaufman writes in his best-selling book, The First 20 Hours, rapid skill acquisition is possible if you have 3 things:

  1. The ability to deconstruct the skill:

    Each of my painting tutorials offers a clear and systematic approach to painting the subject matter, laying important foundational skills that you build upon as you become more proficient with the method.

  2. The right tools:

    A PDF listing my recommended set of paints, paper, brushes and palette is freely offered on my website (yes, even if you don't take one of my classes). Having the right tools when working with watercolour is absolutely essential!

  3. Structured practice:

    Each class provides the structure you need to practice with ease, avoid common mistakes, and gain confidence in your work.

You might not be ready to hold your own exhibition after 20 hours — but, as I've seen time and time again, you could be well on your way and feeling great about your progress!

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You'll have access to

A complete library of step-by step high-definition video tutorials with close-up footage and detailed, guided instruction (complete with subtitles).

sample of tutorials

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Reference photos and outline drawings to get you started with each new subject

An additional video library called the Knowledge Base covering fundamental techniques such as drawing, brush skills, colour mixing, and much more

Sketchbook exercises for skill building and practicing, especially when time is limited

The support of a vibrant and engaged private community where you can receive support, get feedback, and share struggles and accomplishments. (In addition to “learning by doing” numerous studies have shown how we actually learn better in community.)


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I am absolutely thrilled to have finally discovered a professional online course that teaches every detail - from how to hold the brush, mix the paint, the markings to make, and most importantly Anna's unique painting method. Sally Filer
My confidence has zoomed with high praise from family and friends. I am still amazed every time I look at the work I have accomplished thus far. Carole Jurack
Every tutorial I make visible improvement. In the photo I’m holding my first attempt at 3 of the tutorials. Husband’s so impressed he framed them. Kate Fletcher
After starting The School, I sold my first 2 paintings! I’m hoping to do a show next year. Diana Kropka
It is Anna’s belief in what her students can achieve and do achieve which is a fundamental asset to learning with her. Hilary O'Connell
Sallyanne Filer, Wales, UK

I came across Anna's book in the local library – and her method of teaching watercolour was an absolute revelation! My progression using her online School in only 2 months is astounding.

I've been on at least 14 Adult Education art courses over the last 20 years and bought numerous watecolour books – all of which resulted in extreme frustration as none of them actually taught me ‘HOW’ to paint. I was considering doing a fine-art degree just to try and get some actual tuition.

I am absolutely thrilled to have finally discovered a professional online course that teaches every detail – from how to hold the brush, mix the paint, the markings to make, and most importantly Anna's unique painting method.

I am so excited by Anna's course I feel evangelical about it!

Carole Jurack

My confidence has zoomed with high praise from family and friends. I am still amazed every time I look at the work I have accomplished thus far.

Of course the best thing about the School is the instructor, without whom I would never have reached this level of accomplishment in such a short time.

Anna's method of teaching, the well-prepared and well-presented assignments and your six-step work process is a sure-fire recipe for successful tuition.

Kate Fletcher

I've lost my fear of making mistakes in watercolour because you can always correct it in the next wash. This fear used to stop me from finishing a picture. So it's all more fun from start to finish.

Every tutorial I make visible improvement. In the photo I'm holding my first attempt at 3 of the tutorials. Husband's so impressed he framed them.

Diana Kropka

I had no idea how realistic artists do that!

I didn't know how to start, much less the process. Anna has shown me the process!

After starting The School, I sold my first 2 paintings!

I'm hoping to do a show next year.

Hilary O'Connell

I so enjoy Anna's classes because of her unique style of combining a very concise and clear set of instructions of what to do with an informed explanation of how to achieve it and why.

Even down to the colour mix of paints, the consistency of the wash and the size of brush used.

She shows you how to achieve the end result in incremental steps, by us watching her demonstrate exactly what to do.

In the end you always finish with a ‘work of art’ to be proud of. I have even framed a pear I finished, which in itself is proof of the improvement in my work and my growing of confidence.

It is Anna's belief in what her students can achieve and do achieve which is a fundamental asset to learning with her.

Past Student Work

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I get access to the video tutorials for? Can I keep them?

The videos are hosted on the School website and can only be streamed (watched when you are connected to the Internet), not downloaded to your own computer. So to access the video tutorials you need to be a member of the School website, with an active subscription.

As a member, you have access to ALL the video tutorials so you can access all of them the whole time you’re a member.

Can I download the videos to my own computer?

No, the videos are streamed, but so long as you have a high-speed internet connection and are a member of the School, you can watch them as many times as you like.

Are the videos subtitled?

Yes, the videos come with English subtitles which you can switch on or off. Perfect if you are hard of hearing or if English is not your first language and you want to be able to pause and look a word up.

What if I can't keep up with the classes?

There really is no way of getting ‘behind’ in The School. Although Anna releases new tutorials regularly, all the previous tutorials remain available, so you are not rushed to complete them, and can do so at your own pace.

If you find yourself struggling to get down to a painting session, Anna's weekly emails will help spur you on – as will your fellow members in the School.

Will I get feedback on my paintings directly from Anna?

This is a self-directed, group learning experience. Support and feedback from fellow members is readily available.

The School content is designed by Anna and while she’s is active in the School community, we cannot guarantee individual feedback from her on paintings you upload.

What happens if I sign up and find that it's just not a good fit for me?

We want you to be happy in The School. If you join and decide it’s not for you, please contact us within 7 days for a full refund.

I've not joined an online 'social network' before and feel apprehensive, will it be for me?

The School is PRIVATE, and therefore everyone who is there is there to learn and to encourage others. There is guidance on navigating and using the site but it is pretty intuitive.

I have always been reluctant to join any online forum before, but once I saw the work people were doing, and the friendly interest which Anna and the other members showed to each other I lost my apprehension! Wendy Kind, Norfolk, UK
Will I be good enough? The work students seem to be producing is very high quality but I am a beginner.

The School really is suitable for ALL levels of experience. If you are a total beginner, you will be shown EVERYTHING you need to know to start. All that is required is that you make sure you are KIND to yourself and don’t expect yourself to produce masterpieces from day one. The atmosphere in the School is one of support so you will receive no harsh critiques – We insist on it!

I'd recommend the School to everyone interested in watercolour, from budding artists to serious artists. You can jump in at whatever level you feel comfortable and the exercises allow you to progress at a rate you’re comfortable with. Janet Lundgren, Canada
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Getting Help

If you ever have a problem with the subscription process, you can get help and resolution by emailing us via info@annamasonart.com

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You can pay in any one of 18 major currencies, so the answer is probably yes! This means you’ll know exactly what you’ll pay each month and payments won’t vary due to changes in exchange rates.

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