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An introduction to the materials and techniques required to produce exciting watercolours including drawing, composition and colour-mixing.

What will you learn on this course?

 This course provides an introduction to watercolour painting. You will learn about the materials required and a range of painting techniques to equip you with the skills to explore watercolour in your own style. The techniques covered on this course include:



Building layers of paint



Colour mixing

Use of colour

Colour theory


Drawing skills

You will learn these techniques by painting a range of subjects such as landscapes, still life, portraits and figures.

 New techniques are taught through tutor demonstrations and whole-group projects set by the tutor followed by group discussion and feedback. As the course progresses and your skills develop there will be the opportunity to work on your own individual projects. You will be encouraged to work independently with one-to-one support from the tutor. Guidance will be tailored to your level of experience to help you to achieve your aims for your work.

In addition to practical drawing and painting techniques the course focuses on creative skills, artistic knowledge and self-confidence.

On completion of this course students will usually have produced several watercolour paintings, along with supporting drawings, paintings, photographs and research. You can expect to have gained new skills and confidence in watercolour painting and enjoyed working in a friendly, lively class of like-minded people.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners who may be completely new to watercolours or may not have worked in this medium for some time. You don’t need any previous painting experience as full instruction is given.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities. The room is wheelchair accessible and a support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

Do you need to bring anything?

The drawing and painting studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Watercolour paper is provided and also basic art materials may be borrowed on the day, such as pencils, erasers, sharpeners, brushes and paint.

You may wish to bring additional art materials to work with.

MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Are there any additional costs?

As the course progresses students should expect to provide some of their own art materials that they bring to the class at their own expense. This would typically include watercolour paints, brushes and palettes.

Who teaches this course?

Anne Brierley

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Dates & Times

    Watercolours (VA83 Spring)