Watercolour For Beginners

Art |
19th September 2019

19 Sep –  18 Oct | 1.30pm to 3.30pm | Tutor Karen Lester | £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

Important Information
Please note there are no classes on the following dates:
Autumn term: 11 to 13 October 2019

What will the course or workshop 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 equipment and materials in more depth at the first session.

Watercolour Paints – A suggested simple palette based on the primary colours, red, blue and yellow. Tubes are better, especially for washes. Suggested colours are yellow ochre, cadmium yellow, ultramarine, cobalt blue, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, burnt umber. ‘Artist’ quality provide the best pigment but a good brand of student quality paints are also good such as Winsor and Newton ‘Cotman’ series

  • Brush- big round watercolour brush size 14 upwards
  • Paper – 4 sheets of approximately A4 size watercolour paper, textured (may be labelled ‘Not’ or ‘coldpressed’). At least 200lb weight
  • Other – Big water pots x 2– eg yoghurt pots
  • Kitchen roll or cloths
  • Masking tape
  • Large style mixing palette – two or three old saucers work well

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 www.karenlester.com

Karen Lester


19th September 2019

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