Thursday, 26 June 2014

Top 10 Questions (and Answers)

I've received a ton of questions about the Academy this last week.

In order of most popular, here are the top questions and answers...


    Q10. How does the Watercolour Academy differ from Watercolour Secrets?
    A. It's completely different. Watercolour Secrets only covered landscapes. Watercolour Secrets had no exercises and no community support (more on that below). And in Watercolour Secrets I wasn't able cover  the breadth of foundation techniques that we're able to demonstrate in academy lessons - such as colour mixing, strength of paint and timing.

    Even the Landscape Module in the new Academy is completely different to Watercolour Secrets with brand new, high-definition content.

    CLICK HERE to see a full list of the lessons in the Academy >>>


    Q9. Can I take just one Module from the Academy or do I have to take them all?
    A. We've designed the Academy so that Modules build on top of each other. In other words, there are techniques you'll learn in, say, the Landscapes Module that will benefit you going into the Portraits Module. In you're a newcomer, and you jump straight into Animals, Figures or Portraits, you might struggle.

    Having said that, it's entirely up to you how many Modules you take and in which order.

    I strongly recommend you always start with the Foundations Module first but you could then jump to any other Module you like.


    Q8. When is the Academy going to be available?
    The Academy goes live next Tuesday (1st July). I'll be sending a link to enrol as soon as it goes live, but only to people on the Priority Notification List. If you're reading this, it probably means you're on the list already.


    Q7. What are the exercises and download files?
    When you watch an instructional video or live demo (whether it's art or anything else), you only take in a certain amount of the information. The Watercolour Academy uses short, fun exercises that you complete after watching videos that helps make the techniques really sink in!

    It's no good just copying full pictures all the time (which is what most DVDs get you to do). If you want to create beautiful watercolours that delight you, you need to practice the building blocks and our exercises get you doing that.   


    Q6. What is the support community you've spoken about?
    We've set up a Watercolour Group and Gallery where you can ask questions and share your progress through the Academy. You'll be able to see the progress of others too and it's a great way stay motivated. I personally visit the group on an almost daily basis, and if I'm not around to answer your questions personally, another member of the community will be.  


    Q5. What is the Certification program you mentioned?
    When you complete all the exercises in a single Module, you can apply for an eCertificate of Completion. These are not to easy to achieve but you'll have bags of fun along the way and it will bring a real sense of achievement.

    If you go on to complete all the Modules in the Watercolour Academy, we'll send you a Certificate of Mastery in the mail and add you to our Hall of Fame.

      

    Q4. Is there a set schedule for taking Modules and lessons?
    When you enrol, you get access to every lesson from day 1 and ultimately it's up to you in what order you take the lessons. However, we've created them in a very specific order that will help you improve as much and as fast as possible.

    I strongly recommend you follow the lesson order we've set out but you don't have to watch one lesson to 'unlock' another.


    Q3. Do you cover Acrylic and Oil painting as well?
    We are in the process of creating Academies for Oils, Acrylics, Pastels and Colour Pencils. I'm going to offer a huge bonus to anyone that enrols on the Watercolour Academy next Tuesday... you'll get access to every other Academy when we release them in future.


    Q2. How do I enrol on the Academy?
    I'm going to send you a link on Tuesday (1st July) to enrol. We'll only be taking a limited number of students this time to make sure we don't over-stress the website, but because you're on our Priority Notification list you'll be at the front of the queue, so to speak.


    Q1. How much will the Academy cost?
    We've priced the Academy so that almost anyone can afford to enrol. To get 24/7 access to every Module and every lesson, all the exercises, the certification program, the community group and free access to other Academies as we release them (Acrylics, Oils, Pastels and Colour Pencils) is just $14.95 (about £9.00) per month...

    There are no minimum subscription periods - you can join for one month and then cancel if you want to. You could can easily complete 1 or 2 Modules in a month (more if you have spare time). And here's the best part...

    You can join, leave and then rejoin as often as you like, with just a few clicks of your mouse. AND your progress and content will be waiting for you when you get back.

    This puts YOU firmly in control so that you can complete Modules in those months you have more free time.


    Questions not answered?
    Please leave your comments below and I'll do my best to answer each one.

    103 comments:

    1. Fantastic! It's great that there is no huge initial outlay - paying monthly is a great idea! I have been dabbling with watercolours for years, and although I am "an alright" artist I know I have plenty to learn! Having just watched your taster lessons I have already learnt more from you than any other course/book so can't wait for the full course! I love the depth you go to in explaining techniques etc.
      Sheila

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      1. Hi Sheila, thanks for that vote of confidence. We've tested the Academy with 1000 students and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive so far.

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    2. How will we pay for this? Credit card? Pay Pal? Louisa

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      1. Both options are available Louisa. But funny you should ask because we're going to offer a chance to win an iPad Air for anyone that joins via Paypal on Tuesday (details to follow in my next email)

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    3. I am very impressed with what you have shown far - all clear and easy to understand. I am hoping that the course will be in a CD format like Watercolour Secrets as my painting area and computer are far from adjacent.

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      1. The Academy is online. Over the last 18 months DVDs have become too expensive because of the rising cost of shipping. They also lack so many of the community and support benefits that you can get with an online program.

        You won't need to watch and paint at the same time. In fact, we encourange you not to do that in the gudiance notes for the Academy. Why? Because we don't want you just 'painting by numbers' so to speak. You watch the lesso, print the exercises and reference photo, take them to your workstation and complete!

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    4. Great stuff, been experimenting on my own, finally I have something to follow. Will PayPal be accepted.

      Peter from Malta.

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      1. Absolutely Peter. We're actually going to offer a little incentive for using Papyal. Details to follow...

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    5. Looking forward to joining. I packed up painting (Watercolours, both brush and pencil, pen and wash, pencil drawing, coloured pencils and pastel, over 17 years ago, but I never had a cheat sheet like I have had on the first of the tasters. I haven't managed to do much else since, due to the garden! The course price is quite reasonable and feel I should be able to manage out of my State pension. Thanks, Bob and team.

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      1. I look forward to seeing inside the Academy! Don't forget, you can dip in and out of the Academy on months that maybe your expenses are going to be a bit higher. So you could do a Module or two one month, take a few months off (to do your garden!) and then return to complete the next Module

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    6. All sounds brilliant, & at such a reasonable price -- it will suit me particularly to be able to dip in & out to suit my restricted spare time. Many thanks - a super idea .
      susan castle.

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      1. Glad it excites you Susan, look forward to seeing you inside!

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    7. How long will I be able to keep the lessons on my computer for?

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      1. "How long will I be able to keep the lessons on my computer for?". I have the same question, Bob.

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    8. Can you pay by direct debit?

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      1. Hi Frank, not direct debit unfortunately. We can accpet Paypal, Visa, Mastercard and Amex

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    9. Hi Bob, can you please tell me, do I watch the videos online only or can I re-watch them offline as in download them to my computer. I like to watch them a few times before starting to paint. I need to be aware of my download usage and don't want to use it all up in the 1st week. Any idea the size of the videos? Thanks Jeanette (Australia)

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      1. Hi Jeanette, if you're on a restricted Internet package you may have a problem watching a lot of videos in one month. I'm not sure how things are in Australia at the moment but in the UK, most of Europe and North America, there are some fantastic deals on unlimited boradband. The videos vary greatly in size. A 20min low definition would be maybe 30MB and a high def 30 min might be over 100MB

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    10. This all sounds amazing, but I know the one question my husband who will OK this or not will have is will that price be locked in or will it go up after you start at any point? He says when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Please respond quickly so he doesn't say no from the beginning. Will this be too hard for someone who has never painted before? Thanks and blessings to you, Zo

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      1. Hi Zo, the price will be locked for anyone that signs up next week, at least for the foreseeable future. How long is the foreseeable future? Well, my personal guarantee is that it won't increase for existing members over the next 18 months, and probably longer.

        Existing members are a much higher priority to us than new members and my big bug bear is when the likes of telecoms and energy companies offer all kinds of great incentives but to new customers only. So any price rises will NOT affect members that join next week.

        No, the Academy is not too hard for someone who hasn't painted before. If you jump straight in at the portriats module, you'll struggle but we've set it out so that you start with fundamental techniques

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      2. Thanks Bob I am so excited to start next week, my husband said yes!!!!!!!!!!!! Hugs to you for making this affordable and not to hard for all to try, Zo

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    11. Good morning from Virginia, USA! I will finish my doctoral program on July 8, 2014. I had planned to reward myself with Watercolor Secrets. Now, I will reward myself with Watercolor Academy instead. I am retired, so your monthly payment plan is ideal, especially since you offer Paypal. I am a rank beginner at painting with watercolors. Also, I am not very good at drawing. However, I have fallen in love with watercolor painting and am really looking forward to learning more. You are a wonderful teacher, Bob. I have watched every video of yours on YouTube that I can find. Thanks so much for making painting with watercolors a possibility for someone like me.

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      1. What a nice comment Joan, thank you very much for taking the time to write that. If you do decide to join us I'm sure you'll fall in love with watercolours even more!

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    12. Hi Bob- I've been dabbling in art of some sort most of my life, but never did much with watercolor. What watercolor cakes brand do you suggest ( I've had the tubes and they dry up so fast!) and where can I get them in the U.S. Looking forward to your July 1st launch! Mary

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      1. Hi Mary, there are so many good brands these days. I use a mix of brands including Daniel Smith, Winsor and Newton and Daler Rowney.

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      2. Mary

        I buy all of my watercolor paints at Cheap Joes which you can find on line/Google. Also, Ultrecht Dick Blicks, and Jerrys Artarama are good on line art supply stores. They all have a wide range of products and they have a complete selection of watercolor pans from most manufacturers.

        Regards

        Rich from KY

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      3. btw Bob, I am an owner of WC Secrets for the past 2-3 years. Learned a tremendous amount and continue to watch them in review to this day. I am looking forward to the Academy.

        Best regards

        Rich from KY

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      4. Hi Mary. Go for well known brands such as Winsor & Newton and you will not go wrong. I found some good sets on EBay - all new W&N - for about half the shop price. A pocket set of 12 half pans is a good, cheap way to start. Cheap, unbranded paints are a waste of money as they are not translucent, do not mix well and just make various shades of mud.

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    13. Although I have no natural talent for art, I've loved watching and it looks like something I could try. My tubes of paint are a few years old. Should I ditch them and start again?

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      1. Hi Margaret, if you can get the paint our of the tubes then you'll almost certianly be able to reactivate the colour (they will just be like pan/cakes in effect). If you're carfeul, you can open up the tubes with a craft knife if they have dried up, and then reactivate them with water. If you do decide to buy new colours, my videos in the first section will help you choose 6 colours that you can then make many hundreds from.

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    14. I'm so very excited I have been looking for this ! and its a great price ! you'll see me in class ;)

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      1. Great Natasha, look forward to seeing you!

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    15. Hello!
      There is a bank account where we can deposit the money? (I go to the bank.) I can't pay online.
      Ioana

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      1. Hi Ioana, unfortunately not. We can only accept online payments as it's all tied to the website and your membership account.

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      2. Thank you. I'll try to solve this problem.

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    16. I will be in for sure until I ran out of money!!! lol
      Hope you send us the payment options and thanks so much for this opportunity, will be my first formal painting lesson ever :)

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      1. Hi Sue, that's great news and we're priviledged to be your first official teachers!

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    18. For Joyce Morrissey...

      I removed your post Joyce becasue you put you email address in it. You'll end up getting lots of spam because computer programs roam the net looking for email addresses in comment boxes like this.

      To answer your question... the Academy will be avilable from July 1st (next Tuesday) not April 1st. If I've put April somewhere I apologise and we'll put it down to old age ;)

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    19. You mentioned completing 1 to 2 or more modules per month. How often are modules released? Also interested in how long each one is available online or if it's possible to download & save to computer for access offline.

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      1. Lessons are streamed from our membership site and not downloaded. If lessons were a one off download we'd have to charge 4-5 times the price we do (for example Craftsy and Artists Network charge between $29-$39 (£20-30) PER LESSON DOWNLOAD and one of their lessons is the equivalent to just one section in just one of our modules... about 1/80th of what you're getting. We're running the Academy in the same way that Netflix and Spotify do - you get access to everything, anytime, whilst you're a member.

        We never take lessons down so you can access them at anytime in the future and we add more on a regular basis and there's no extra charges for any of these (again like Netflix).

        We could have offered each module as a one off download but to cover costs and royalties the price would have to be in line with other courses - at least $100 per module. We've chosen the online streaming model because the one barrier that I've heard the most of the years was the upfront cost of buying Watercolour Secrets.

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    20. Hi Bob!
      Could you please respond to the questions about whether or not we will be able to save the lessons to our computer so that we would be able to watch them at a later date? Sometimes, a person forgets a technique when he/she has only viewed it once (especially us retirees LOL). Thanks for developing this!

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      1. Lessons are streamed from our membership site and not downloaded. If lessons were a one off download we'd have to charge 4-5 times the price we do (for example Craftsy and Artists Network charge between $29-$39 (£20-30) PER LESSON DOWNLOAD and one of their lessons is the equivalent to just one section in just one of our modules... about 1/80th of what you're getting. We're running the Academy in the same way that Netflix and Spotify do - you get access to everything, anytime, whilst you're a member.

        We never take lessons down so you can access them at anytime in the future and we add more on a regular basis and there's no extra charges for any of these (again like Netflix).

        We could have offered each module as a one off download but to cover costs and royalties the price would have to be in line with other courses - at least $100 per module. We've chosen the online streaming model because the one barrier that I've heard the most of the years was the upfront cost of buying Watercolour Secrets.

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    21. Hi, Bob--

      I hesitate to sound as gushy as the typical fan, but your Watercolour Secrets DVDs were excellent. Even my wife enjoyed them...we'd joke about your enthusiastic, 'Right!' at the beginning of each lesson, but they were well thought out and your systematic approach was illuminating and easy to follow. The building block approach is apparently a real innovation. I learned enough that--with assiduous practice and some other instruction and workshops--I've gone on to become an instructor on staff of the creative workshop of a university in Rochester, NY. I'll probably be signing up for the Academy because it seems broader in scope and one can never learn enough.

      This brings me to the gist of my comment. It may not be apparent to you and the artists you work with, but the subject matter of most of the lessons has a distinctly English flavor, look and sensibility. The houses, fields, boats and vehicles, vegetation and even the skies look like the British isles. Nothing wrong with that, if one is painting the UK, but would it be possible to expand your stable of teachers to include some from other locales (e.g., North America, Australia, France, maybe even Asia, etc.)? I suspect it would increase the appeal and usefulness of what you're doing.

      Keep up the great work.

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      1. Larry, first thanks for the very kind words and feedback. I did try to include international subjecta in Watercolour Secrets (Arizon Butte, Mount Fuji, African trees and so on) and we've taken the same approach with the Academy. I think the only module this could affect in the landscapes module so when we add future lessons we'll take that on board.

        Incidentally, one of the free bonuses of the Academy is a series of 8 advanced lessons by one of the world's top watercolourists - Geoff Kersey. I think only 2 of the 8 scenes is from the UK. Absolutely stunning images but not for beginners.

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      2. Larry, first thanks for the very kind words and feedback. I did try to include international subjecta in Watercolour Secrets (Arizon Butte, Mount Fuji, African trees and so on) and we've taken the same approach with the Academy. I think the only module this could affect in the landscapes module so when we add future lessons we'll take that on board.

        Incidentally, one of the free bonuses of the Academy is a series of 8 advanced lessons by one of the world's top watercolourists - Geoff Kersey. I think only 2 of the 8 scenes is from the UK. Absolutely stunning images but not for beginners

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    22. Hello from Nevada, Bob. I enjoyed watching the taster videos and especially the first one on color mixing...all were interesting and very informative. I have the same question as Tina: How long will each one be available online and can one download and save to one's computer for access offline? Thank you for making this course affordable and great that it is on a monthly basis. I will be joining on Tuesday. You and the staff are great. I am inspired !

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      1. Lessons are streamed from our membership site and not downloaded. If lessons were a one off download we'd have to charge 4-5 times the price we do (for example Craftsy and Artists Network charge between $29-$39 (£20-30) PER LESSON DOWNLOAD and one of their lessons is the equivalent to just one section in just one of our modules... about 1/80th of what you're getting. We're running the Academy in the same way that Netflix and Spotify do - you get access to everything, anytime, whilst you're a member.

        We never take lessons down so you can access them at anytime in the future and we add more on a regular basis and there's no extra charges for any of these (again like Netflix).

        We could have offered each module as a one off download but to cover costs and royalties the price would have to be in line with other courses - at least $100 per module. We've chosen the online streaming model because the one barrier that I've heard the most of the years was the upfront cost of buying Watercolour Secrets.

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    23. Hi Bob, this is Nola from beautiful British Columbia Canada. I really appreciate the teaser videos you have published and I am looking forward to signing up for the full academy on Tuesday July 1.
      Keep up the good work.

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      1. Hi Nola, thanks for your comment and I hope to see in the Groups sometime.

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    24. Hello Bob.

      I want to say a deep "Thank You" to you personally for breaking a 50 year "not good enough!" feeling that welled up within me every time I picked up a brush and tried to paint over the years.
      A child's enthusiam for shape and color and light always fell victim to self criticism dragged from childhood.
      Your very honest face, encouraging voice and total lack of pretension as a wonderful teacher have allowed me to break free.
      At 72 perhaps I have come full circle back to the child's enthusiasm but this time you opened my eyes and set me free!
      I don't give a damn, I paint for me no matter how childish it looks!

      Very respectfully yours, Kevin in Nimoland, Canada.







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      1. Kevin, that's fantastic, what a great attitude. I hope you have many years painting images that delight you! If you get chance to join us I highly recommend Joanne Thomas' Module (which I haven't mentioned in the build up). It's all about Loosening up and her enthusiasm is something I'll sure you'll feed off of!

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    25. Could you please respond to the questions about whether or not we will be able to save the lessons and review them at a later date and how long they will be available to us?
      Thanks

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      1. Lessons are streamed from our membership site and not downloaded. If lessons were a one off download we'd have to charge 4-5 times the price we do (for example Craftsy and Artists Network charge between $29-$39 (£20-30) PER LESSON DOWNLOAD and one of their lessons is the equivalent to just one section in just one of our modules... about 1/80th of what you're getting. We're running the Academy in the same way that Netflix and Spotify do - you get access to everything, anytime, whilst you're a member.

        We never take lessons down so you can access them at anytime in the future and we add more on a regular basis and there's no extra charges for any of these (again like Netflix).

        We could have offered each module as a one off download but to cover costs and royalties the price would have to be in line with other courses - at least $100 per module. We've chosen the online streaming model because the one barrier that I've heard the most of the years was the upfront cost of buying Watercolour Secrets.

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    26. I've always wanted to get the Watercolor Secrets course but I ended up buying the Acrylic secrets and never had time to watch it.
      So given the low price and possibility to go in and out I decided to join the Watercolor Academy.
      I was just wondering do I still want to buy the Watercolor Secrets after this? Are they completely different or is the Watercolor Academy landscapes module an upgrade of Watercolor Secrets?

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      1. Hi Meda, I've stopped selling Watercolour Secrets just last month because (as you alluded to) this is an upgrade. There's no way you would need Watercolour Secrets after going through the Academy... or even just the first 2 Modules!

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    27. Bob, can this 'Academy' be downloaded, and the lessons kept. I believe without this option you will lose a considerable number participants. Given today's busy lifestyle, this option will be a 'must for many. I have noticed in reading these posts, that this question has risen a number of times, without you answering one way or the other. Can we have a Yes or No please. Regards, John Conybeare

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      1. Lessons are streamed from our membership site and not downloaded. If lessons were a one off download we'd have to charge 4-5 times the price we do (for example Craftsy and Artists Network charge between $29-$39 (£20-30) PER LESSON DOWNLOAD and one of their lessons is the equivalent to just one section in just one of our modules... about 1/80th of what you're getting. We're running the Academy in the same way that Netflix and Spotify do - you get access to everything, anytime, whilst you're a member.

        We never take lessons down so you can access them at anytime in the future and we add more on a regular basis and there's no extra charges for any of these (again like Netflix).

        We could have offered each module as a one off download but to cover costs and royalties the price would have to be in line with other courses - at least $100 per module. We've chosen the online streaming model because the one barrier that I've heard the most of the years was the upfront cost of buying Watercolour Secrets.

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      2. Yes, Bob is right, that's why I never bought the Watercolor Secrets. I never had that amount of money at once and I was always hoping I will have the funds next time the course was on sale. Plus having a paid membership will make me more conscious about actually practicing painting, instead of watching the videos and putting them away for later. It's just like going to school. Love this Academy idea. I want to practice painting, not collect videos and $15 a month is less than I pay for sweets when I go with the kids in the park.

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    28. Hi Bob, I love your lessons but have a question. When I sign up for the academy but must skip a month or two, due to time constraints or lack of funds, will I still be considered one of the original 'students' and have the (at least) 18 month guaranteed introductory price of $14.95?

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      1. Hi Tami, don't worry about the price going up. I know a lot of companies and individuals make out the price of their product will increase soon so they tell you to "get in now while you can!". But that's not the case with this... there are no price rises planned at *any* time. I fully intend to never, ever increase membership prices!

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    29. I usually buy your yearly subscription and I am going to be away for July 1st, so will I miss out. I want to make sure I have all available classes. Margaret Weyers Rio Rancho New Mexico USA Art Instructor

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      1. No Peg you won't miss out. There is no extra cost to you as an existing member!

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    30. Hi. Looks intriguing! What if it takes one longer than one month to work through one module?
      How exactly will that work? I guess it's the download question again. Thank you for making the
      Watercolor Academy available. I bought Watercolor Secrets last fall, but haven't had a chance to use them yet. I'm interested in getting started. Perhaps the Wtercolor Academy would be good motivation. I'm looking forward to it. Thanks!

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      1. Lessons are streamed from our membership site and not downloaded. If lessons were a one off download we'd have to charge 4-5 times the price we do (for example Craftsy and Artists Network charge between $29-$39 (£20-30) PER LESSON DOWNLOAD and one of their lessons is the equivalent to just one section in just one of our modules... about 1/80th of what you're getting. We're running the Academy in the same way that Netflix and Spotify do - you get access to everything, anytime, whilst you're a member.

        We never take lessons down so you can access them at anytime in the future and we add more on a regular basis and there's no extra charges for any of these (again like Netflix).

        We could have offered each module as a one off download but to cover costs and royalties the price would have to be in line with other courses - at least $100 per module. We've chosen the online streaming model because the one barrier that I've heard the most of the years was the upfront cost of buying Watercolour Secrets.

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      2. I am not familiar with down streaming where would I get directions for that.

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    31. Amazing! I can't wait starting 1st July...

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      1. Look forward to having you on board!

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    32. Bob I love that you are streaming these like Netflix and you don't have to download these to continue to have access always and whenever!!!!!!!! Thanks how patient you have been to answer that question over and over for people. Thanks again, Zo

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      1. Hi Zo, I actually see it as privilege to answer lots of questions because questions only come from people that are interetsed and will (potentially) find value in it. Netflix and Spotify have been such a revelation because they allows you get to experience a much broader range of films and music ... for the price you might pay for one CD... that only collects dust on a shelf most of its life!

        I know it won't be for everyone and a lot of people of my generation like to stick to what they know. But I'm a big believer that embracing new ways of doing things is what keeps us baby boomers young in spirit and in body! BTW, my son convinced me to sign up to Spotify and intially I thought it would be a gimmick and never replace my CD collection. How wrong I was!

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    33. will i be pressured into completing all modules to receive certificates.

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      1. Hi Linda, no one will ever put pressure on you to complete Modules. The most you'll get from me (via our newsletter perhaps) is friendly encourangement to keep going but whether you complete bits of Modules or every Module in its entirity is entirely up to you.

        We put the Certificate program in place as an extra incentive to complete the exercises (because that's where the real improvment comes from). Certificates are completely free - they're just an acknowledgement from us that you've achieved something pretty substantial and worthwhile.

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    34. I assume the $14.95 per month is a recurring charge to a credit card.
      1. Is this correct?
      2. How difficult will it be to stop the monthly charges if I choose to discontinue for awhile?

      Thank you

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      1. It's very easy...

        One of my big bug bears is when I have to phone up a company and speak to an advisor (usually after being on hold for an age) to cancel something. It happened recently with a credit reference agency I use and their service is something I don't need every month but go back to a few times each year. It's put me off using them because I had to jump through so many hoops to cancel.

        You'll be able to cancel yourself with a few clicks of your mouse. And any artwork you upload to the website (for critques and comments) or any conversations you start, will all be saved should you come back to us in the future.

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      2. Once paid for the month are these modules or lessons live or are they designed so that the user can repeat the lesson over and over again?

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      3. Please see my answers further up these comments

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    35. Hi Bob,
      How many modules are in a full course? and how long it will take to complete the full course?

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      1. Please see this page:

        http://watercolouracademy.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html

        Just copy and paste that link into your web browser for a full list of lessons. It's impossible to say how long it will take to complete the full course - it depends on whether you fo,low or the exercises, all the modules, how much spare time you have and so on

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    36. Thank you Bob for all of the wonderfull help you offer. Even though I am into acrylic painting I still find the tips helpful when it concerns colour mixing perspectives highlights etc.
      I wish that you could offer some assistance in acrylics soon especially portraits.
      Again thank you so much.

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    37. Hi Bob – Thanks for the notification re the Academy. Looking forward to it. Paypal's ideal. Cheers, Lee

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    38. will there be any modules covering watercolour pencils

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      1. Hi Frank, no the 8 Moduels cover watercolours only

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    40. Hi Bob, thank you. The teasers are great. As a hardened procrastinator, I intend to use the Academy to force myself to do at least a little work each day. So looking forward to this.

      Cheers, Vena.

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    41. I am somewhat confused Bob. I already own your Watercolor Secrets set of DVDs. I am only interested in Module 3 - Still Life. How do I make sure I can access this module for a number of months after I pay for it? I am presently a member of an Acrylic Painting Academy and have been able to access my paid classes for more than 18 months now. Will your academy work the same way? Thank you

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    42. You state, in your response to a question, that if someone joins and pays on Tuesday, when you develop these academies for oil, pastel etc. that person will have full access to those new classes. Will this be free access or will one have to enroll as we will for this academy on Tuesday??

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    43. looking forward to signing up and getting started.

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    44. Looking forward to it Bob! Well done!

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    45. I thought that this got posted but must not have. I thought that I signed up for this back on 7-18-14 for 6 months and paid through Pay Pal. It said it went to Paintbox Art Media... Was this the wrong thing?

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    46. I've always wanted to get your watercolor lessons but haven't been able to yet so this sounds wonderful! Unfortunately I'll be away from June 27 until July 16 . Is there a way to sign up on the 16th? From Victoria BC

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    47. I am not a member of your group and to be honest am not sure how I get your emails but am every so grateful as I have learned allot from just the free stuff you've generously shared. I see from some of the questions I've read that people are members of 'something'. Because I am not, does this mean I won't be allowed to partake in this as I am very keen to register for this. Now I will confess that perhaps I am a member of your group but I honestly can't remember. Yes, I am a baby-boomer if that explains things. LOL BTW the questions and answers are very informative. And you are a very 'patient' man. Bless you for that!

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    48. Looking forward to signing up on Tuesday July 1,for joining in side the Academy.

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    49. What time in the UK will you start selling on July 1? Midnight? If so we in the States can buy it in the evening. If not then , what time so we here can be ready?

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    50. Hi bob I bouht yourvwatercolor cd,s two yrars ago and took some personal lessons also. I just sol fourvpaintings not bad for a beginner

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    51. Hi Bob

      I just want to know can i pay through my visa debit card
      Jyotisha

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    52. hi bob!
      I already have your WATERCOLOR SECRETS & ACRYLIC SECRETS DVDs.i have a few queries.

      1.I am from India and here we get artists colors of the camel brand and talens .Winsor and Newton are mostly unavailabe and very expensive.so what do i do if i need the quinacridone series of colors etc
      2.I am also interested in the COLOR PENCIL and PASTELS module .When will they be available?


      sumita

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      1. Hi Sumita!

        You can use Sakura watercolours, a famous Japanese brand. If they are not available in India you could purchase them from Sri Lanka by e-mailing the Sakura agent, Mr.Vasantha Karunatilaka:
        info@sakuralk.com

        He is willing to post the items to you. I hope that helps!

        Best wishes,
        Deepthi

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    53. hi bob

      I will be travelling in the next month and will be able to do the lessons only from august .so can i join in august or make payment but start my modules from august?please reply
      sumita

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    54. Hello Bob, Have you sent the enrolment link today? Have I missed it?

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    55. Are the lessons that you buy with the academy the same lessons as the dvds?

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