Develop Your Watercolour Skills

Creative Learning |
1st November 2018

Tutor Karen Lester | Fee £63 | 5 weeks

An opportunity to further develop your watercolour skills and gain confidence exploring techniques such as glazing and creating lights and whites. With a focus on colour theory, learn how to mix colour effectively to create the muted colours for winter landscapes or shadows in still life.

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?
Aimed at those with a some experience of watercolour painting, this is a chance to further develop skills including –
• building on previous skills using washes and wet in wet techniques
• glazing techniques
• further techniques to make lights and whites
• effective colour mixing with a focus on muted colours
• developing personal colour palettes

Painting from Landscape images and Still Life, the emphasis is very much on practical individual experience with tutor led demonstrations, discussion, example work and handouts which will support and guide you throughout.

What do I need to bring with me?
Watercolour paints, watercolour paper and drawing materials ( pencil, rubber etc)

Watercolour Paints – pans or tubes. Suggested base colours –
Yellow – Cadmium, Lemon yellow
Blues – Cobalt blue, Ultramarine,
Reds – Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson.
‘Artist’ quality provide the best pigment but a good brand of student quality paints are also good.
Brush- a range of watercolour round and flat brushes in small, medium and large sizes
Paper – Sheets of watercolour paper (A3 minimum size recommended) or watercolour pads, textured surface ( labelled ‘Not’ or cold pressed), ideally 200lb minimum weight
Other – Big water pots x 2– yoghurt pots are good!
Kitchen roll or cloths
Masking tape
Large plastic palette tray or old saucers/plates to mix paints

Your tutor will discuss materials in more depth at the first class.
Please bring a pen, notebook and your glasses, if you need them.

Are there any additional costs?


About the tutor
Karen enjoys working with a range of painting and drawing media, including printmaking, sometimes combining these to create mixed media images. Each type of medium brings its own exciting possibilities and unique qualities, something she continually explores.

Her interest in Printmaking developed at Kendal College whilst completing a Foundation Degree in Drawing with the University of Cumbria.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Cumbria and Lancashire over the last 25 years and she has been involved with projects including Printfest and C-Art and runs occasional print workshops for the National Trust at Allan Bank, Grasmere as well as for private groups.

Karen is an experienced qualified teacher and has been teaching in the adult education sector since 2011


1st November 2018

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