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.
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- Watercolour painting: mixed media techniquesCourse start date: Mon 15 Jan 2024 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ruth BrisonWatercolour 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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
- Developing watercolour paintingCourse start date: Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 4 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Jack DuplockExplore the specific qualities of watercolour and the opportunities this adaptable medium offers to create dynamic painting compositions. Develop a fluency with brush work and layering of colour to develop compositional possibilities.
- Watercolour painting: experimental approachesCourse start date: Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Hilary RosenAlways 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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
- Introduction to watercolour paintingCourse start date: Tue 23 Jan 2024 (and 5 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Paul DixonGain a grounding in the rich possibilities available when working with watercolour paint. Through a series of practical studies, you will investigate the potential of this versatile medium.
- Watercolour painting studio: still-lifeCourse start date: Thu 1 Feb 2024 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Hilary RosenA stimulating opportunity to explore the essential elements of still life painting using watercolour. Suitable for beginners as well as a refresher course for those with previous experience of the medium.Full fee £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £220.00
- Contemporary watercolour painting projectsCourse start date: Mon 12 Feb 2024 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Anne-Marie FosterThrough a set of short projects inspired by contemporary practitioners and their contribution to the uniqueness of the medium, the course will help you expand your understanding of watercolour and enable you to make informed choices in making personal work. It will also focus on exploring some watercolour approaches that can add variation and visual interest to your painting according to subject matter.Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £194.00
- Watercolour at home: layers and brush marksCourse start date: Mon 26 Feb 2024
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Paul DixonThis 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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £103.00
- Watercolour painting studio: nature and colourCourse start date: Thu 18 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Hilary RosenCelebrate 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.
- Watercolour at home: colour and washesCourse start date: Mon 3 Jun 2024
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Paul DixonThis 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 £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £129.00
- Drawing into watercolour paintingCourse start date: Wed 5 Jun 2024 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Paul DixonExplore the relationship between the two disciplines of drawing and watercolour painting and the opportunities when their distinct qualities are combined.
- Watercolour painting studio: urban landscapesCourse start date: Thu 13 Jun 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Hilary RosenYou 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 £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £220.00
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