Watercolour painting

Watercolour Painting Courses in London & Online

Experience the versatile, subtle yet radiant qualities of working with watercolours and why it is such an absorbing art form. Beginners will be introduced to the basics of brush and wash techniques, alongside colour mixing through hands-on tutor demonstrations, with plenty of advice on materials along the way.

If you’re a more experienced student you can explore creative approaches to mark-making and investigate composition to plan and develop imagery. All courses reference a variety of watercolour artists’ styles and techniques to inspire imaginative work. We offer watercolour courses online, off-site and in our wonderful fully equipped watercolour studio.

Courses available both in-person and online

At City Lit, you can choose to study in-person or online. Our fantastic in-person courses are taught in our attractive campus, located in the heart of Covent Garden, central London. Here, our students can benefit from a variety of services and resources, including our café and state-of-the art equipment.

Our online courses are tailored to give you a social and interactive online learning experience, allowing you freedom to study from anywhere and with like-minded fellow classmates from all over the country without the need to travel. Use the Location filters on this page to choose your preferred learning method. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

For more information about courses available, please contact our Visual Arts team on visualarts@citylit.ac.uk

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  1. Watercolour painting for beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rebecca Allen
    An introduction to the radiant qualities of watercolour painting. Through simple exercises, we'll explore watercolour techniques and mediums. The perfect way to start using watercolour.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  2. Watercolour painting: mixed media techniques
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Watercolour has a rich tradition - this course will explore the more experimental ways of using this pleasurable medium and will present new possibilities for producing exciting new work with mixed media. Make inventive combinations of media to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  3. Introduction to watercolour painting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    Introduction to a range of watercolour techniques such as layering, masking out and creating textures, to gain basic skills and an insight into the possibilities of this exciting medium. Includes some work from still life observation. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  4. Watercolour painting studio: still-life
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hilary Rosen
    This course is all about painting still life compositions, looking at how to capture the characteristics of a variety of objects in the studio, on both a small and large scale. The emphasis will be on the different watercolour techniques including primary, secondary and tertiary watercolour mixing. Suitable for beginenrs as well as a refresher course for those with previous experience of watercolour.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  5. Watercolour painting: experimental techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hilary Rosen
    Always wanted to experiment with watercolour painting? Now's your chance to learn how to make more imaginative use of washes and mark-making; enjoy the colour and fluidity of this beautiful medium and discover if you'd like to take it to the next level.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  6. Watercolour painting projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    An introduction to a range of watercolour techniques such as layering, masking out and creating textures, to gain basic skills and an insight into the possibilities of this exciting medium. You will be guided through a series of short creative projects including working from still life observation.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  7. Developing watercolour painting and mixed media
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    Explore the sensitivity of water-based media such as inks, watercolour, water soluble pen, pencil and crayon. Make inventive combinations of materials and approaches to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  8. Watercolour painting: artists and techniques
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    This online Watercolour course will introduce you to different approaches to mixing and working with your palette of watercolours. You will also explore textural mark making and how to use colour in your work to showcase details. Build confidence in mixing colours, understanding how to work with a lmited palette and create beautiful watercolour work.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  9. Watercolour painting studio: nature and colour
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Hough
    Celebrate the glorious colours found in nature by working from observation of natural forms. You will be encouraged to respond to the subject expressively using paint and other colour media to create a number of studies and one or more finished pieces.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  10. Watercolour painting studio: urban landscapes
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hilary Rosen
    You will be introduced to watercolour mixing and mark making in relation to painting the urban environment. There will be an introduction to watercolour artists who paint ‘en plein air’ and you will have the opportunity to build your confidence in outdoor painting in various interesting London locations. This course can be seen as a refresher or for students who have had a minimum amount of watercolour experience.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  11. Watercolour: washes and brush techniques
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 5 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    This online Watercolour course will introduce you to different approaches in working with watercolour, as you explore a variety of applications and techniques that are essential when working with and manipulating this medium. Discover the various marks that can be made with techniques in brush handling as well as a guide to washes building your first steps in producing beautiful watercolour work.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100

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