Watercolour painting studio: nature and colour

Course Dates: 25/04/22 - 23/05/22
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Celebrate the glorious colours found in nature by working from observation of natural forms. You will be encouraged to respond to the subject expressively using paint and other colour media to create a number of studies and one or more finished pieces.
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Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00

Course Code: VM435

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Mon, day, 25 Apr - 23 May '22

Duration: 4 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Learn to experiment with different drawing/painting materials to render nature in colour using oil and soft pastels, gouache and watercolour. Following an introduction to colour theory, you will be encouraged to make quick sketches which can then be developed into more sustained and multilayered textured images.

What will we cover?

• The use of different textured drawing papers and prepared textured surfaces for drawing /painting.
• The researching of natural objects - one session during the course will be offsite to a museum or a park
• How to explore and experiment with different mark making and create textures with pastels, gouache, inks and watercolour.
• Introduction to colour mixing in different mediums.

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

• Use drawing/ painting materials more confidently.

• Develop images from nature to create sustained /quick sketches in a given time frame

• Have a knowledge of different papers for drawing/painting and know how to prepare different surfaces for image making

• Understanding the potential of mark making and colour mixing with pastels, inks, gouache and watercolour in relation to natural objects.

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

All levels - for beginners and improvers - No experience is necessary.

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

Explanation and demonstration. An off-site sketching visit. 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?

You will need to bring a sketchbook, A4 or A3 for the off-site visit. All other basic materials will be provided.

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.

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.