Art Watercolour Summer Landscapes

16 Apr – 21 May | 1.30pm to 3.30pm | Tutor Karen Lester | £76 (6 weeks)

For those with some experience of watercolour, this short course focuses on techniques and approaches to painting landscapes. You will consider colour management, simplification, including working with limited palettes, and creating lights.

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?

Working from photographs of a range of landscape subjects including, woodlands, fells, water and seascapes, you will consider-

  • ‘Building’ a painting using washes
  • Work with a limited palette
  • Approaches to aid simplification when working form a photo
  • Glazing techniques to build colour and tone
  • Colour theory to create springtime and summer colours and keep them bright.
  • Techniques to create lights and whites, such as ‘lifting’
  • Composition theory for effective paintings

There will be a mixture of exercises and working towards finished paintings
The emphasis is very much on practical individual experience and our tutor will guide and support you throughout using demonstration and discussion

What do I need to bring with me?

Your tutor will discuss equipment and materials in more depth at the first session.

  • Paints Bring the paints that you already have!
    Artist quality paints are the best for pigment but a good student quality from a well-known brand such as Winsor and Newton Cotman series will give good results. Tubes of paint are better for washes. Suggested basic palette colours –
    Yellow Ochre//Cadmium yellow // lemon yellow // Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue // Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium red //Paynes grey //Burnt Umber
  • Paper
    A good quality paper is essential in a minimum size of A4. A heavy weight watercolour paper with texture (it may say cold pressed or Not) of 200lb is ideal. Brushes
  • Watercolour brushes, in a range of sizes of small, medium and large size (eg 4, 8, 14). Look for soft synthetic watercolour brushes. Round or flat brushes are useful as well as a ‘Rigger’ brush.
  • 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
  • Board- wood or card- old backs from picture frames are ideal

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. She finds the quality of marks made in the process of printmaking particularly fascinating and has produced prints using a variety of techniques.

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

Karen Lester


The Brewery Arts Centre
122a Highgate


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