Drawing and Watercolour for Beginners

Ref: C2423112

This online drawing and watercolour course is designed to explore different ways of looking. Learn to draw with a range of materials including pastels (which contemporary artists and the Impressionist painters used), and develop a watercolour painting technique. By the end of the course you will have developed your own sketchbooks with observational and imaginative drawing and be familiar with watercolour, and start pen and ink painting.

Course aim

An introduction to drawing with a variety of materials and watercolour painting techniques. Basic drawing techniques and colour theory will be covered.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Become confident to sketch at home and outdoors learning observational drawing techniques.
  • Improve your well-being working online with other people.
  • Learn about balancing a picture through your composition technique and ways to create pictorial depth.
  • Develop drawing techniques in showing tonal contrast using line and a variety of marks with pastels, pencil and pen and ink.
  • Learn to mix and improve use of colour and develop a knowledge of different colour pigments to make warm or cold colours in watercolour.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

A4 or A3 sketch pads one of pastel or sugar paper and another of watercolour paper, cartridge paper, HB 2b, 5B pencils, chalk pastels, fixative. pen & ink, outline pen, watercolours, Palette. synthetic or nylon watercolour brushes of different sizes including a fan brush, kitchen roll & sponge.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Drawing and Watercolour for Beginners


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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 2021
  • 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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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