Contemporary watercolour painting projects

Course Dates: 02/11/24 - 30/11/24
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Through 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 feature some approaches to painting, beyond the immediate western tradition to provide broader technical and critical insights.
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Contemporary watercolour painting projects
  • Course Code: VM851
  • Dates: 02/11/24 - 30/11/24
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Taught: Sat, Daytime
  • Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Chris Hough

Course Code: VM851

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Sat, day, 02 Nov - 30 Nov '24

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course will draw inspiration from selected themes and artists, to help you explore in more depth technologies and principles of painting. It will show some of the diversity of contemporary practice and the contexts within which it is made.

What will we cover?

You will work on short projects from observation, secondary sources and abstraction, exploring diverse brush handling, choices of paper and surface and relevant accompanying mediums. You will also explore pigment choices and gain a greater understanding of their characteristics and how to respond to these in a personal way.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Use a broader range of painting techniques in watercolour.
• Select, mix and apply colours with greater confidence.
• Recognise the approaches and painting methods of selected contemporary practitioners.
• Give greater consideration to the scale and presentation of your work, through exploring context.
• Make more informed choices of materials and methods of application in developing your work.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an intermediate course for students with some basic painting experience, which can be in any medium.
You should be able to follow verbal and written instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information. You may be encouraged to take short written notes for your own use and take part in group discussions.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

• Practical work in the studio
• Short demonstrations
• Handouts
• One-to–one tutoring
• Group discussion
This course is supported by Google Classroom as a Virtual Learning Environment. When you log on you will be able to access course material, presentations and handouts etc.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Basic materials and resources are provided as part of this course, including watercolour paint, brushes and paper appropriate for the medium. Students are welcome to bring any additional specialist materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Further themed courses in watercolour or painting courses in other media on the general programme. You may also wish to support your watercolour practices with courses from our drawing programs.

Chris Hough

Chris has taught at City Lit for over 25 years and is a former co-ordinator of the CityLit Fine Art Course , stepping down to concentrate on his painting practice and to teach more on the short course programme. He studied painting at Central St Martins and the Royal College of Art and has post graduate qualifications in art history and a teaching qualification from the Institute of Education and from University of Surrey. He has understaken fellowships, residencies and travelling scholarships in Chicago, Paris, Moscow Region and West of England and has an established art practice which encompasses, drawing, painting, projection and small scale model, making. Instagram c.hough89

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.