Further Steps in Effective Watercolour

Ref: C3671062

A step by step and demonstrated approach to a variety of subjects covering different methods and techniques to be used. Advice and information on drawing, colour mixing and wash control. Individual and group attention given throughout with lots of helpful tips and advice on how to improve your technique. Be guided through each stage from planning your composition, accurate drawing to a variety of painting techniques and methods. Special effects such as using salt, candle wax and palette knives to give a variety of unusual textures to be used in your paintings.

Course aim

To improve on methods and techniques used and to diversify and experiment with new and upcoming styles and approaches. To become more confident with washes and brush control.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Use variegated washes to create a sunrise or sunset.
  • Create dry brush effects to be used for painting grasses, rocks and tree stumps.
  • Draw an accurate bottle or vase shape to be used in a still life painting.
  • Create both warm and cool colours to determine the mood of a painting.
  • Plan a simplified drawing from a complex photograph.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • A step by step approach will prove helpful with following each stage of the drawing and painting.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • 2B pencil, eraser, rule. Watercolour paints, brushes, palette and watercolour paper, water container.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Further Steps in Effective Watercolour


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