This student book introduces the tools of the trade, gives innovative substitutes for art materials, and shows the basic techniques used in creating watercolor paintings. Given this foundation, students copy the author’s step-by-step demonstration paintings, create their own compositions, and paint them in watercolor. Art history is incorporated in later lessons as students analyze and copy the style of master watercolorists. Students learn to paint still lifes, landscapes, florals, architecture, and other subjects. Students should possess basic drawing skills and an understanding of color mixing (ex.: red + yellow = orange).