What is the course about?
This is a more advanced, in depth watercolour class for students who already have some experience of this versatile medium. You will be encouraged to develop your own style of watercolour painting and also be introduced to themed compositions particular to using watercolour. We will be painting in different venues in London, for example, down by the Thames, Embankment Gardens, and other various locations in London.
What will we cover?
We will cover primary, secondary and tertiary colour mixing. We will also concentrate on various green colour mixing to depict foliage, and the particular mixing of colour for skies, buildings and paintings of the River. We will experiment with approaches to composition and watercolour paint handling techniques.
You will look at a diverse range of artists' work on the theme of cityscapes, focussing in on the variety of approaches, ideas and techniques used.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Improve your understanding of colour mixing
- Vary your approach to mark making to paint skies, buildings and foliage
- Improve on your composition skills
- Gain confidence in developing a personal approach to watercolours.
- Be able to recognise a range of artists working in watercolour on the theme of cityscapes.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is aimed at students who have some previous knowledge of watercolour painting. Ideal if you have completed a beginners or intermediate level watercolour course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught by demonstration, individual and group tuition and discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring a watercolour sketchbook, A3 or 4 plus a large watercolour brush. Advice will be give on this at the first session.
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?
There are a number of watercolour courses that happen in the summer school, which follows shortly after this course ends. Look out for theSummer School 2018 brochure, that comes out around May 2018.
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