This course has concessions available

Watercolour Projects At Home

This new fun and contemporary online Watercolour course that explores a variety of techniques from the traditional to the less conventional - to achieve a looser style incorporating additional media.
Suitable for complete beginners or for students who have previous experience with the medium but maybe lack confidence. Some previous drawing experience is preferred.
Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email. The course will be run via the zoom platform.

Your tutor, Cleo Harrington, worked in the animation industry for several years as well completing a wide range of illustration commissions in the UK and abroad. she has experience of teaching watercolour online and as a tutor at the Mary Ward Centre.

Who is this course for

This 8 week Online Zoom Watercolour course, for beginners & improvers, is specifically designed for students working from home with limited space and resources.

Please read on to the end to see the list of materials for your course.

Cleo Harrington MA(RCA) graduated from the Royal College of Art in '92 and worked in the animation industry for several years as well completing a wide range of illustration commissions in the UK and abroad.
As well as the Mary Ward Centre, Cleo teaches at the Working Men's College and RHACC.
Cleo also runs her own online watercolour and drawing classes for her company:
Art in the Village TM, and has had excellent feedback for these.
For her own work, Cleo is currently working on an illustrated book incorporating watercolour, ink and pen drawings which are then digitised and combined with scanned textures.

What does this course cover

This fun and contemporary Watercolour course explores a variety of techniques including using Salt, Clingfilm and Sgraffito to add depth and texture to the work. Breaking from tradition, we will try out biro, marker pens and collage to really explore how to bring your paintings alive!

Using a variety of easily accessible themes/ subjects such as: Ourselves for self - portraits, views from your windows, fruit, vegetables and ornaments. You will be encouraged to work loosely with many layers of paint and adding detail with mixed media at the end.

What will it be like

This is a new online course being developed by The Mary Ward Centre. The nature of the delivery will be different from a face to face class: but we will do our best to retain a friendly and community experience that you expect from us. Although you may be asked to develop work on your own or between classes, we will endeavour to build in flexible small group work and more individualised feedback, so there is still a personal quality to the experience.

Each week we will begin each session with a very basic 10 minute warm up drawing exercise followed by a more in depth study of a different subject each week.
We will explore different techniques each week to really develop our styles. Then at the end of each session we will have a look at each other's work and a brief Q&A session.

How we assess your progress on the course
Tutor demo and guidance. Progress will be shared and discussed in the class during the Zoom meetings, when both peer and tutor review will take place and some small group work.

What else do you need to buy or do

The course will be run via the zoom platform, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.
Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session.
If you have a device, find a way to prop it up so you can work and we can see your face.
By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may be recorder by the tutor for internal education and training purposes.

Watercolour pencils
HB & 4B pencil
Biros (1 x black and 1 x blue)
Basic Watercolour paints ( 12 Pans )
Masking Tape
A4 pad of Watercolour paper Cold Pressed 'Not' paper 300 weight.
1 x size 4 (or 6)
1 x size 8 (or 10)
2 x Jars for water
Cotton wool balls
Wax crayon (white) or a small thin candle.

What this course could lead to

Further Study at Mary Ward

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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