Watercolour Landscape: Beginners and Improvers

Ref: C3128120

This course aims to provide an introduction to the beauty and adventure watercolour painting for beginners. Through guided exercises, students will explore the basic techniques of watercolour, including paint consistency, brush techniques and the mixing and application of colour, using a limited and versatile palette. Students will learn techniques to create depth in landscape compositions. Students will be taken through a step-by-step process of creating a landscape painting.

Course aim

Learn watercolour techniques from scratch, to create vibrant and naturalistic paintings. Beginners and improvers welcome.

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:

  • Explore watercolour techniques such as paint consistency, laying washes, brush techniques and fixing mistakes.
  • Explore painting techniques to achieve depth and dynamism in landscape painting.
  • Explore the visual elements - such as colour, texture and tone - to create engaging compositions.
  • Build confidence in creative work by exploring art techniques / processes and sharing ideas with others.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

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

What else do I need to know?

  • See Canvas for full Materials List. Useful colours: Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue & Phalo Blue Watercolour paper & brushes

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

Download full course information sheet

Watercolour Landscape: Beginners and Improvers


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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