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Boats at Low Tide by Martin Kelly

Watercolour Painting

This course concentrates on watercolour painting but also includes a bit of line drawing. Students will be introduced to various watercolour techniques such as wet on wet, mixing colours on the paper, wet onto dry, catching the tooth of the paper, scumbling, spattering, use of a rigger and feather, use of masking fluid, etc. Students will work at their own pace on subjects of their choice.

You can work on still life, flowers or from photographs.  I also have a wide range of watercolour images in a variety of styles and I demonstrate the various techniques involved as and when required.  All levels of experience are welcome, from beginners to the more proficient.

Tutor:                    Martin Kelly

Time:                     Mondays 2pm – 4pm

Dates:                   Sept 18 – Nov 27 (half term Oct 23)

                              Jan 8 – March 19 (half term Feb 12) 

                              April 30 – June 25 (half term May 28)  

Venue:                 Gosling Room

Fees:                     HLSI members £95 for a 10-week term

                              £68 for 7-week summer term

                              Non-members £120 for a 10-week term

                              £85 for 7-week summer term



Art Class materials                                                                                                         

B or 2B pencil + eraser + pencil sharpener + 12” ruler

No 4 round watercolour brush

No 2 ‘Rigger’ or Liner watercolour brush (very long bristles) 

A medium / large size brush (like a No 10) (cheap, as in less than £3 )

‘Mop’  watercolour brush –  if the shop does not have such a thing wait until class starts and we will sort it out then.

(Bring in all your watercolour brushes if you have any.)

Winsor & Newton – Cotman Water Colour 12 Half Pan Sketchers’ Pocket Box.  (You should be able to get one for approx £9, or bring in what you have but best not to buy a cheap set.)

An A4 or A3 watercolour paper pad – 300gsm weight  (the weight is quite important as thinner paper tends to buckle) either Langton, Winsor & Newton’s  Cotman,  Aquafine or Bockingford.

I would suggest one with a nice texture  (usually the one called ‘rough’ or ‘Cold Pressed/ NOT’) but if you want to create fine, detailed work, then a smoother texture would be best, such as ‘hot-pressed’.