Creative Learning Watercolour – Creating Colour

Tutor Karen Lester | Fee £63 | 5 sessions

Create fresh vibrant colours and avoid the mud ! This development course explores ways to get the best from your watercolour palette, helping you to make effective choices when selecting colours.

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?
Further develop your watercolour skills and gain confidence to choose and mix colour through a series of exercises and working towards finished pieces. With reference to photographs of landscapes and indoor subjects as well as some still life, you will be encouraged to –

• put colour theory into practice with reference to the colour wheel
• use complimentary colours to manage vibrancy
• explore the properties of transparent pigments to avoid murky colour
• investigate colour bias
• consider traditional colour palettes and ‘modern’ palettes
• work with a limited palette
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.
By the end of the course/workshop you will have started to develop a more effective personal palette and have more confidence when creating colour in your watercolour paintings.

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

In the first session we will look at your existing paints and discuss the qualities and properties of watercolour paint.

Watercolour Paints – pans or tubes. Suggested basic palette –
Yellow – Cadmium, Lemon yellow
Blues – Cobalt blue, Ultramarine,
Reds – Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson.
‘Artist’ quality provide the best pigment and will give better results. This will be discussed at the first session.
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.


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