Get skills in: watercolour techniques and materials

Course Dates: 22/11/21 - 13/12/21
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
This course introduces you to this exciting and versatile medium and the many ways in which you can explore and develop watercolour painting. You will learn various textural techniques alongside an introduction to the history of watercolour paper and watercolour brushes. Get the skills required to be able to select the correct materials, set yourself up and create a beautiful water colour painting.
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Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00

Course Code: VH065

Mon, day, 22 Nov - 13 Dec '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This class is aimed at beginners to watercolour, or as a refresher course for those students who have some experience of this exciting and versatile medium. With reference to a variety of artists work we will explore the genre of Still-Life and the varying watercolour techniques relevant to the subject.

What will we cover?

You will cover an array of watercolour techniques including wet on wet, dry-brush, achieving different surfaces and textures with watercolour. You will also be introduced to some basic watercolour colour mixing.
An introduction to the history of watercolour in different cultures.
A brief introduction and overview to the history of paper making and watercolour brushes.
A brief study of different artists, to examine how they use watercolour as inspiration for the use of different styles of paint application.
You will have an opportunity to experiment and work using the techniques above to paint objects.

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

• Demonstrate basic skills in colour mixing with watercolour paints
• Identify and demonstrate mark making and brush technique
• Discuss the multicultural uses of watercolour in various cultures and arts work
• Select the appropriate materials and develop a water colour painting.

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

This course is ideal for beginners with no or little experience in working with watercolour. Would also benefit as a refresher course for students who have some experience in watercolour painting.

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. There will be an offsite museum visit.

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

All basic studio resources including paper, watercolour paints and brushes are supplied. We do however encourage students to bring their own watercolour paints and brushes so that the tutor can support you with you individual equipment. Larger sheets of specialist watercolour paper is available to purchase in the class at cost price.

Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencil to printing services, at 15% off.
To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

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

You may wish to develop your work in watercolour by joining any of the courses below:
Watercolour: Developing still-life
Watercolour: cityscapes for beginners
Watercolour: still-life and life painting.

Paul Dixon Tutor Website

Paul is an artist who works with drawing, painting and printmaking. He was educated at Jacob Kramer College of Art, Leeds, where he received an Art and Design Foundation certificate. Then after studying at Cyprus College of Art he completed a BA in painting at Winchester School of Art and later an MA certificate in painting at the Royal College of Art. As a tutor he has experience of delivering a wide variety of art courses, Paul prefers an open-minded approach to teaching, supporting learners through developing the skills they already have, while offering demonstrations, guidance and advice that help new learners to explore a basic grounding in drawing and painting skills. This attitude relates to his eclectic and varied approach to working, traversing both abstract and representational imagery. ‘What I enjoy about teaching art is the way that learners respond to exercises and projects in different ways and seeing the development of their work as a personal exploration. It shows an actual record of an individuals thoughts and feelings and I think the purpose of teaching is to embrace and support this.’

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.