Welcome to Jill Poyerd's


Comprehensive learning from the comfort of home

A Unique Teaching Approach

I've designed my classes to be as thorough and sequential as possible, guiding the student step-by-step through a clear yet enjoyable teaching method. I explain everything with a visually-oriented person in mind, since art itself is a visually-oriented field.

Some Extra Benefits

Personal Contact

Students are invited to contact the instructor whenever they have a question or need further explanation regarding a specific topic. There are also student discussions.

Instructor Forum

In addition to the normal coursework and interaction, students have access to a special forum where the instructor posts works in progress and discusses aspects of the painting process.

In-Depth Instruction

Students of the Old Masters had to begin by grinding pigment and mixing paint. These classes try to capture the same depth of learning, offering students a solid foundation.

About the Instructor

Jill Poyerd, NWS

Jill Poyerd is a contemporary realist known for her tranquil subject matter and unique painting style. Her award-winning work can be found in private collections both nationally and internationally. She has been featured in national publications, is the author of the portrait painting book Fearless Portraits, and is a signature member of several prestigious art societies, including the National Watercolor Society. She is a popular painting instructor on UDemy.com, and produces art appreciation videos for her highly successful YouTube Channel where her videos inspire and inform an international audience. Jill lives with her husband in Northern Virginia.

What Students are Saying...

"A lot of questions I've had for ages have been answered."   - Lynne B.

"A couple of years ago I took up watercolor as a way to relieve stress and longed for a basics class that was comprehensive but not overwhelming. THIS course is exactly what I was searching for. It's excellent and I would recommend it for anyone just starting out or needing a good refresher course."  -  Amanda K.

"I cannot imagine pursuing watercolor painting without taking this course. This is full of thoughtful, thorough, well-produced and understandable. And I have not come across this information anywhere else."  - Alice K.

"Great course. This course is like being in an art classroom."  - Josh F.

"Jill has a wonderful way of teaching you with a delightful voice on how to work with acrylic and oil paint. After this course I noticed a significant improvement already in my paintings and skills."  - Martijn H.

Foundations for Mastering Watercolor Painting

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The Mechanics of Watercolor Painting

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Mastering Brushstrokes Part One

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