What is the course about?
This course is a unique opportunity to explore the sensitivity of water-based media such as inks, watercolour, water-soluble pen, pencil and crayon. We will work in series, make inventive combinations of media to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches. Applying a range of techniques to different grounds, we will study the expressive qualities of surface, combined with a range of imagery, searching out ideas and themes that can promote visually stunning and personal work.
What will we cover?
The course will cover exercises and experimental techniques for watercolour. There will be experiments with water-based media and collage applied to various surfaces to create atmospheric mixed-media studies. We will reference contemporary and historical artists who have used watercolour media experimentally, such as Marlene Dumas, Georgia O’Keeffe and Peter Doig, as starting points for some of the exercises.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- expand your creativity through experiments with water-based media and collage techniques
- combine watercolour with other media to enhance your painting style
- explore visual elements (shape, colour etc) to develop a composition
- present a composition from your own source imagery (such as cuttings, photos or studies).
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Previous experience in drawing and painting is helpful, but no experience in watercolour is necessary.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Explanation and demonstration. Images of artists’ work where referenced as examples. Practical work. One-to-one discussion. Informal group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials (watercolour and paper) are provided. Advice will be given by the tutor throughout the course concerning bringing in additional paper (for experiments with working on different surfaces).
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to continue to develop your work in watercolour by enrolling on the courses below:
Watercolour: cityscapes on location
Watercolour: cityscapes themes and ideas
Watercolour: developing your skills
Watercolour: intermediate and advanced
Watercolour: life painting for beginners
Watercolour: life painting themes and ideas.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details