Watercolour For Beginners

Creative Learning |
20th September 2018

Tutor Karen Lester | Fee £63 | 5 weeks

Start to discover the beautiful properties of watercolour paint in this introductory course where you will learn the essential techniques of laying washes, working ‘wet in wet’ and dry brush techniques using a range of reference material. Select the right equipment and materials for the job and start to develop your personal palette.

What will the course cover and how will it be taught?
The focus will be on developing skills to make the most of the transparent qualities of watercolour paints. Using washes and wet in wet techniques you will start to create simple landscapes as well as painting from Still Life subjects. Start to mix colours effectively with reference to colour theory and look at ways of ‘making white’

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?
Your tutor will discuss materials in depth at the first class
As a minimum, for the first session, please bring –

Watercolour Paints – a yellow, blue and red, small tubes. Suggested colours are yellow ochre, cobalt blue, cadmium red. ‘Artist’ quality provide the best pigment but a good brand of student quality paints are also good.
Brush- big round watercolour brush size 10 upwards
Paper – 4 sheets of A3 size watercolour paper, textured (may be labelled ‘Not’ or cold
pressed). At least 200lb weight
Other – Big water pots x 2– yoghurt pots are good !
Kitchen roll or cloths
Masking tape
Large style mixing palette – two or three old saucers work well

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


20th September 2018

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