Exploring Surrealism in Watercolors | Suzanne Kurilla | Skillshare

Playback Speed

  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x

Exploring Surrealism in Watercolors

teacher avatar Suzanne Kurilla, Watercolor & Acrylic Artist

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Drawing & Composition

    • 3. Floral Surrealism pt1

    • 4. Profile Surrealism pt2

    • 5. Finishing touches pt3

  • --
  • Beginner level
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced level
  • All levels
  • Beg/Int level
  • Int/Adv level

Community Generated

The level is determined by a majority opinion of students who have reviewed this class. The teacher's recommendation is shown until at least 5 student responses are collected.





About This Class

In this class, I will show you how to create your surreal drawing and floral composition. Once you have accomplished your drawing, then you will move on to the watercolor painting portion. Next, I will show you the supplies that I used to order to create this project. If you only have regular watercolor paints instead of the watercolor pencils that is also fine. (Both will work for this project.)

Remember to explore your creativity and abstract side. You can use bold colors and wild vibrant colors to make your artwork pop. When drawing your facial features, you can exaggerate them as much as you would like. In order to explore surrealism, you must let go of your traditional classic views of Art. Let your creativity flow and experiment with the strange and unusual. :)

What you will learn is how to improve your watercolor skills and practice layering color and blending. This class is great for artists of any level. Also, this project will make a great addition to your portfolio. 

Supplies used

  1. Watercolor paper - Strathmore coldpress 140 lb.
  2. Watercolor pencils - Fantasia, brand 
  3. Brushes
  4. A cup of water 
  5. Rag/paper towel

Meet Your Teacher

Teacher Profile Image

Suzanne Kurilla

Watercolor & Acrylic Artist






    Some areas I specialize in are Watercolor & Acrylic Painting. I have worked with adults of various ages and artistic levels. I enjoy creating content and helping others on their creative journey.

You can find my work on Instagram and FREE mini-tutorials on YOUTUBE, ArtwithSuzanne!
Also, l have Art prints for purchase and more in my Society6 shop.  

Now on TikTok, mini tutorials, Artwithsuzanne. 

See full profile

Class Ratings

Expectations Met?
  • Exceeded!
  • Yes
  • Somewhat
  • Not really
Reviews Archive

In October 2018, we updated our review system to improve the way we collect feedback. Below are the reviews written before that update.

Why Join Skillshare?

Take award-winning Skillshare Original Classes

Each class has short lessons, hands-on projects

Your membership supports Skillshare teachers

Learn From Anywhere

Take classes on the go with the Skillshare app. Stream or download to watch on the plane, the subway, or wherever you learn best.


1. Intro: thank you for joining it. And for today's class, we will be exploring some surrealism so you can see in the photo there that I have a little bit more of a wild design with the florals and then the profile of you coming outside of the flowers there and the floral pattern. So a little bit different subject matter and I will go through the actual drawing before I get into the water colors. 2. Drawing & Composition: first up, I'm going to get started with the drawing. I'm going to use a lighter, leaded pencil, and, um, I'm going to press enough so that you can see it. But when you're doing this on your own, you want it to be very, very light. Later on, I will. Before I do the painting, I'll actually light in them with the needed eraser. But anyway, so you can keep your pressure light, and that way you won't have any harsh lines showing through your painting later on. But I'm going to do three different flowers for the floral pattern there on the side, and then I will work on the small profile view of the face that's coming out from the flowers. 3. Floral Surrealism pt1: and for starters, like I said before, I did go ahead and lighten up my lines with my kneaded eraser. And now I'm going to begin to pick out all of my colors for the top flower. I chose a few different shades of green and a little bit of a deep blue. Here I am, mixing it like a gold in the yellow to punch ups over the highlights and also in the center . Moving on to the second flower, I will be using a like a light peach and a few different shades of yellow. You for the last flower on the bottom. I will be using some pink and also more of the yellow that I used from the second floor just 4. Profile Surrealism pt2: next up, I'm going to finish up with the lips. And I chose a bright red for those big, luscious lips. And I left a tiny bit of white on there for the highlight. So, yes, they are exaggerated a little bit. And then for the skin tone, I used a little bit of peach and like a golden yellow to blend together for a skin tone. - And when you're done with all of your colors there, then you could move on to adding the water. And what I'm going to do is I'm gonna do every other one on the top flower here to start off. I'm going to continue down with the flowers, and I'm going to repeat the same pattern doing like every other one because you don't want , um, colors to bleed together. So just try not to use too much water. And like I said, you're gonna do it. Like what? Dry, wet, dry? - Also a good tip, even for when I'm doing the center there, I'm actually it may look like I'm doing the whole thing, but I'm actually leaving like a teeny tiny space in between the colors 5. Finishing touches pt3: once you're painting has completely dried, then you can go back in and do your other sections. While you're letting your flowers dry up a little bit, you can move on to, um, the natural on the nose or meeting the lips and start to work up some of the details there and when you're edges air finally dry there you can move on to the skin tone, and I know my nose is a little on the small side. There. I did end up making it a little bit larger. I just added a small shadow to, um, make it a little bit bigger. I will show a picture on the end. - I decided to add a little extra deep orange and red in the middle of the bottom flower just to help balance all that bright red and the lips. - Thank you so much for watching. I hope you enjoy this tutorial. Be sure to check back for more, and also, if you love watercolor, I have many other tutorials available