Watercolour Summer Landscapes

Creative Learning |
25th April 2019

Tutor Karen Lester | Fee £50 | 4 weeks 

This development course encourages you to start to work with watercolour paint, exploiting its beautiful properties, using big washes and brushes to build layers of colour. Develop paint handling techniques and confidence to mix colours with a focus on springtime and summer colour in the landscape.

Learn how to tackle the detail in landscape photographs by working towards simplification to paint skies, fells, water, trees and seascapes. Gain confidence with colour mixing for springtime and summer colours.

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?
Working from photographs you will ‘build’ your painting with simple washes. Develop paint handling techniques and colour management using:

• Blocks of colour -Flat washes and graded washes
• 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 with tutor led
demonstrations, discussion, example work and handouts which will support and guide you throughout.

By the end of the course you will be more confident when working from photos of landscapes, starting to develop skills to deconstruct the detail and work with washes of paint for a more professional finish to your art work.

What do I need to bring with me?
Watercolour paints, paper and brushes
Your own landscape photos

Watercolour Paints – Pans or tubes. Tubes are recommended for large washes.
Brushes- Round and flat brushes in small, medium and large sizes. Suggested large sizes for washes 14 upwards.
Paper – Watercolour paper (A3 minimum size recommended) textured (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
Plastic palette or old saucers or plates to mix paints

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.

Image credit: Karen Lester


25th April 2019

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