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Boats at Low Tide by Martin Kelly

Watercolour Painting

This course is for anyone wishing to learn or improve their watercolour painting skills. All levels of experience are welcome, from beginners to the more experienced.
Students will work at their own pace on subjects of their choice. The course concentrates on watercolour painting, but also includes a bit of line drawing, proportional measured drawing and perspective. 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. You can work on still lives, 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:                   Autumn term 2019: Monday Sept 16th – Friday Dec 13th
                               (Half term Oct 21 – 25th)
                               Spring term 2020: Jan 6th – April 3rd
                               (Half term Feb 17th – 21st)
                                Summer term 2020: April 27th – May 22nd
Venue:                 Gosling Room

Fees:                     £138 for a 12-week term

                               £46 for a 4-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, like a No 10 or 12, (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.
  • 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 either Langton, Winsor and Newton Cotman, Aquafine, Bockingford or Cass Arts own brand.

I would suggest one with a nice texture (usually the one called ‘rough’), but if you want to create fine, detailed work, then a smoother texture would be best, such as ‘NOT’  or ‘cold pressed’ or even the smoothest paper; ‘Hot pressed’.

If you are a beginner please get the rough paper