Watercolour – Explore Light And Dark

Creative Learning |
17th January 2019

Tutor Karen Lester | Fee £63 | 5 weeks

Be bolder with watercolours and develop skills to create depth. This development course, for those with some watercolour experience, explores tone in watercolour painting, focussing on subjects of landscapes, daytime and night time and indoor studies.

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?
An opportunity to further develop your watercolour skills and gain confidence exploring paint handling techniques to start creating drama through tone in your paintings. This is a chance to –

• build on previous skills using washes and wet in wet techniques
• use glazing techniques to develop tone
• create lights and whites
• create vibrant darks with effective colour mixing
• explore the properties of different watercolours – transparency and opaqueness

Painting from photographs of landscape images and indoor subjects 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 basic palette –
Yellow – Cadmium, Lemon yellow
Blues – Cobalt blue, Ultramarine,
Reds – Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson.
‘Artist’ quality provide the best pigment and are best for glazing 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.


17th January 2019

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