Thomas W. Schaller

Thomas W. Schaller: Watercolor - The Power of Design


Video Length: 4 Hours 10 Minutes
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Powerful ideas you’ll discover from Thomas W. Schaller:

  • Ask yourself THIS question before you EVER start another painting!
  • Leave it in or take it out? The power of good editing!
  • Composition is the best storyteller — don’t miss this!
  • How complementary colors will bring you more compliments!
  • TWO things you should just let happen in your paintings (you never would have guessed!)
  • Photograph vs. Sketch (one will win every time!)
  • Why Thomas is in love with luminous shadows … now you can create them!
  • When worlds collide … nature vs. man-made (now you’ll know what to do!)
  • Are you just “looking” or genuinely “seeing”? (Discover the difference!)
  • The “why” behind the “how” — critical to your growth as an artist!
  • The power of using a dynamic value range
  • Are you “living” in your paintings? Well, get ready to move in!
  • Do THIS and you’ll be painting much faster!
  • Stand out in the noisy art world and make your artistic voice heard!
  • Lost the ability to identify your own personal perspective? Get re-trained right here!
  • And much, much more!


    If you’ve ever struggled to paint complex subject matter … or you’ve avoided a subject because it just seemed too difficult, you’re going to love how Tom shows you different ways you can easily include more complex elements in your paintings.

    He’ll help you break down the complex into manageable parts that become much easier to paint. He’ll show you how to combine man-made architectural features with the natural world so your paintings will have a harmonious flow to them.

    Thomas is one of today’s best watercolor artists, and you’ll easily learn from him as he shares his best methods and techniques for developing your own voice and then using that voice to tell your stories through your paintings. You’ll learn his entire painting process. 

    “Everything you need to become an incredible artist is already there inside you, just waiting to be found.”                     
     — Thomas W. Schaller


    You’re going to find this video to be a must-have for your personal learning library. You’ll want to keep it handy so you can refer to it again and again as you try each of the techniques Tom shows you. 

    Most importantly, you’ll be excited about how much your work changes by investing in this course, which is less than a night out at dinner but will impact your work for a lifetime.

    You’ll want to capture every insight he shares and then watch carefully or paint right along with Tom as he does a full start-to-finish demonstration of  Ponte Vittorio Emanuelle — Rome. 

    Tom has been called America’s best watercolor artist. He’s at a level few ever attain. He’s been featured in all the top magazines, and his paintings sell for thousands!

    Tom is a multi-award-winning artist, architect, and author. He’s been painting in watercolor for 35 years. For decades, he has been leading classes and workshops, teaching his sharpened skills to eager students. Like those attending his live workshops, you will greatly benefit from his years as a professional artist and experienced instructor. 

    You’re going to get great instruction from a generous teacher who is driven to help you learn.


    Customer Reviews

    Based on 96 reviews
    Pam Aylmer

    Tom is a good instructor. He began with the sketch, developing value maps, color and brush selection, and more. The materials he recommends are high-end, but then, he sells his work. His color scheme is unusual, but he makes it look just right.


    Really is the best instructional video of Tom Schaller i have seen, and i have seen all.

    The most complete and clear of his instructional videos, Not only explain the technical and materials he uses, but the creative and reflexive proces of creation he follow.

    I admire his work and I hope the next video could be a most technical and advanced one or a plein air video to complete the information and also a most clear explanation of his use of color complementaries


    Katalin Spang
    Liked it

    This is a very thorough film about the creation of this painting and about Schaller's materials and methods. I enjoyed it a lot, but only gave it four stars because he gets very repetitious with his points. I feel it could have been half as long and just as good. As it is, I may never watch it a second time; too bad.

    Susan Biddle
    Excellent video by an incredible watercolor artist !!!

    I first discovered Thomas Schaller while wandering around YouTube and I was immediately impressed by his paintings... particularly the contrast between light and dark. His paintings are strikingly beautiful. I then purchased his book of paintings... it is not an instructional book... rather a compilation of his paintings and his background and thoughts about painting. When I got an email recently from Creative Catalyst saying that they were producing and releasing a Thomas Schaller DVD, I had to have it and pre-ordered it as soon as I could. I now have it in my possession and I am delighted. Mr. Schaller is not only a wonderful artist, but he is a great teacher. This DVD covers it all - the inspiration, the planning/composition and design elements..... the drawing.. the materials.... and the process of actually painting. Throughout the process, Mr. Schaller talks about why he is doing what he is doing and how he actually accomplishes what he has set out to do. I am loving every minute of it. I have purchased many art instructional DVDs from Creative Catalyst over the years and they are always top quality. This one is outstanding !!! Thank you......


    An excellent professional watercolorist - Process thoroughly explained and demonstrated. Well done. I expect to review this often.