Developing watercolour painting and mixed media

Course Dates: 13/02/23 - 03/04/23
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
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.
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Course Code: VM607

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Started Mon, day, 13 Feb - 03 Apr '23

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

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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).


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
Watercolour: intermediate and advanced
Watercolour: life painting for beginners
Watercolour: life painting themes and ideas.

Anne-Marie Foster

Anne-Marie studied Fine Art at Epsom School of Art & Design and Advanced Printmaking at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art & Design. She has been working with printmaking, drawing, watercolour and mixed media since 1976 and has been involved in art education since 1987 at City Lit College of Adult Education, Central Saint Martin’s School of Art & Design, Bath Spa University School of Art & Design, Norwich School of Art & Design, Havering college of Further & Higher Education, V & A Museum Education department (printmaking workshops,) Morley College of Adult Education. Anne-Marie has exhibited nationally including the Hayward Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, Battersea Arts Centre and internationally at Brooklyn Art Library USA, RAMOMA (Museum of Modern Art Nairobi Kenya,). Publications: Mandy Bonnell & Stephen Mumberson ‘Printmaking on a Budget’; Jane Stobbard ‘Drawing Matters’; Jackie Newell & Dee Whittington ‘Monoprinting’ Teaching forms an integral part of Anne-Marie’s art practice with both often acting as a stimulus for the other.

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.