Sample Videos of Yong Chen Watercolor Instruction

Yong Chen, Watercolor Events at Arts Wayland

Usually we use a pencil to plan and layout before beginning a watercolor painting. In this lesson, I demonstrate without the pencil planning step, and directly start the watercolor painting on the paper with a brush. It is a different thought process.

Yong Chen is a new instructor to Arts Wayland. He is a college-level teacher with solid instruction skills in teaching watercolor. His online video instruction is a new opportunity for area artists.

Beginner to Intermediate Watercolor Painting with Yong Chen

Well known watercolor teacher and artist Yong Chen will lead a class of creative painting in watercolor, including drawing instruction. Students will be given expert instruction as they learn for the first time, or advance their current knowledge, on how to paint in this beautiful medium. Working from a still life, or from a photo reference, you will learn about color, values, and composition. Positive, patient and encouraging feedback and instruction in a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere. Level: Beginner/Intermediate

DATE/TIME: Thursdays, Feb 9, 16, 23 from 10:30am to 1:00pm

COST: $90 for 3 sessions. Limited to 8. For beginner to intermediate students.

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This is the first in aseries of painting animal 'Whiskers in Watercolor'. In this video I used re-wetting the area then scratching with a palette knife. This is an 8 minute short version of the lesson, a 45 minute full version.

Watercolor Demo and Critique with Online Training

Independent Online Learning with Instructor Demo and Critique Session. Start online learning series anytime you are ready. Once you sign up you will have access to the videos and the reference picture for download. Come to the Demo and Critique to show your work and receive feedback

Yong Chen is a highly accomplished watercolor artist and teacher. Follow along with his full length videos (links will be provided) and download and print the reference photos to practice on your own time in your own home. Yong Chen will visit Arts Wayland to review your progress and demo of one of his video paintings. Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Instructor Demo and Critique: Wednesday, March 1, 10:30am to 12:30am

Location: Arts Wayland 107 Concord Rd, Wayland, MA 01778

Fee: $35, reserve online at

There is always the challenge and biggest fear in watercolor painting, that is water - when to use more water, when use less, and when should you paint when the paper wet or should you wait. There is some simple logic, and you can learn it with fun.

ABOUT THE ARTIST - Yong Chen is an artist deeply interested in art. He is an educator, painter, and children’s book illustrator and author. Since 1995, he has been teaching studio art classes in many colleges in the U.S., both universities and community colleges. Currently Yong is a full-time professor of art teaching drawing and painting in both traditional classroom and online. His passion for distant education and mission to extend his teaching to the world was started from this website. With step-by-step demonstrations and videos, he continuously shares his painting methods, techniques and creative process. 

During the years he was teaching at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, he created and instructed the course “Watercolor Portraiture”.


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