Watercolour techniques 5 day workshop

Magnolias 1319

Workshop outline.

The workshop provides an opportunity for students to continue to practice their skills in Watercolour technique in the company of other like-minded artists.   

Watching other student's styles and the different range of subjects examined can be very stimulating and informative. The workshop is limited to 12 students. The emphasis is on developing skills in watercolour while exploring different styles and techniques. We use everything from sponges to masking fluid but we also look at traditional styles and techniques.

Some time is spent sketching and practicing pen and wash techniques outdoors while using the lovely old buildings of Bungendore as inspirational subjects. This year we will try our hand at making brushes - a skill that requires years to perfect but which can still provide results at a simple level.

Techniques and methods covered in the course include:

•Watercolour washes - flat and graded, these are fundamental to watercolour painting.

•Wet in wet and Wet on dry.

•Lost and found edges.

•Dry brush effects and different brush strokes with a variety of brushes.

•Masking fluid and resist work.

•Lifting out with stencils and tissues.

•Sponging, spattering and scraffito.


•Effects achieved with things like salt, cling wrap, wax, straws, etc.

•Colour mixing is discussed, plus different colours that are available, and the use of a limited palette.

•Composition, placing the subject on the page, cutting down work to enhance composition, and working from photographs as well as from life, are part of the course.

Daily program.

Day 1:

•Basic watercolour techniques

•Flat and graded washes etc.

Day 2:

•Colour discussion

•Colour mixing and the theory of colour

•Paint quality

•Experimental work making brushes

Day 3:

•Outdoor pen and wash techniques

Day 4:

•Resist work and effects

Day 5:

•Completion of small paintings by each student

Classes start at 9.30 am sharp and finish around 4.30 pm.

Tea, Coffee and biscuits are provided during the workshop.

Lunch (usually 12:30 to 1:30 pm) may be purchased at the nearby shops  or brought to class by students.

Please note:

•That certain aspects of the planned program may be modified to suite the workshop.

•The course fee is for tuition only and doesn't include materials, transport  or accommodation (if required).


Materials list.

• 6 sheets of watercolour paper - try different ones - Arches, 300gsm cold pressed,   Student w.c. Paper or Saunders Waterford paper.

•Windsor and Newton artist quality watercolour paints 5 ml tubes (or what ever you have)

•Cadmium Yellow

•Cadmium Lemon

•Cadmium Red or Scarlet Lake

•Permanent Rose

•French Ultramarine Blue

•Cerulean Blue

•Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna,

•Brushes: Helen will have a selection of brushes for students to borrow and try if desired.

•A palette could be a plain white china plate, I use one all the time, or you might prefer to buy a folding palette which is easier to transport, or there is one on the market by Michael Wilcox, which helps with colour mixing by showing you where to put every colour, the choice is yours.

•Masking fluid.

•A small roll of cling wrap, sponges and masking tape. Also, a waterproof black pen (not too fine) from the news agent for sketching, small rags, a small water spray bottle and water container.

•A sketchbook.

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