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Art – Watercolour

£125.00 fee may apply if you do not meet eligibility criteria
Course Level


Start Date

Fri 13 Jan 2023


10 weeks

£125.00 fee may apply if you do not meet eligibility criteria

Course content

  • To gain confidence in applying washes.
  • Apply a multitude of marks with one brush.
  • Question and plan composition.
  • Look and understand how a watercolour artist has approached a painting.
  • Enjoy and discover new ways of applying paint.


In this course you will develop a free and fresh approach to painting watercolour, which I hope will inspire you to paint at home or on holidays. You will experiment with different styles and bring in mixed media to loosen up your technique. There will be regular demonstrations where you will apply and learn about the different washes, colour mixing and texture. This is an ideal course if you are a beginner or just want to loosen up the way you paint.

Course content:

We will be looking at techniques of applying paint from washes to brushes and other tools that you might like to try.

The subjects that we will possibly be looking at will be seas, hills, skies, trees, rocks, rivers, buildings in a landscape, still life and pictures from your holidays or local scenes.


  • Some or no knowledge of painting is necessary for this course.

What do I need to do this course?

Watercolour paint box with a medium sized round brush hair or synthetic for watercolour, a mop brush for applying washes, a natrual sponge, kitchen roll, masking tape, a board slightly larger than the paper to put the paper on ( this could be a place mat or a scrap piece of light MDF) watercolour pad A4 or A3, a sketch pad for notes and practising in which can be cartridge. I will have some paper at the centre that you will be able to buy at around 40p a piece of A3 watercolour paper.

Teaching Methods

  • Each new technique will be demonstrated and this can be repeated at different times during the course.

  • There will be references to other artists work from books and on line.

  • Learn from looking at each others work and talkng about the processes.

  • How is your progress checked?

    Each week the tutor will come round and discuss individually with you how you are progressing and at the end of the session there will be an informal group discussion on the processes and progress.

  • Extra study or practice required at home.

    Practising is advisable so to master the techniques.

  • What can I do after this course?

    To continue this course into the next term where we will be looking at perfecting these techniques and learning new ones.

£125.00 fee may apply if you do not meet eligibility criteria

Course details

  • Tutor: Margaret James
  • Time: 1300 - 1500
  • Provision: CL
  • Term: Spring
  • Location: Foredown Tower
  • Full fee: £125
  • Concessionary fee: £100