Weekend Watercolour Workshop

A chance for watercolourists of all levels to explore different approaches to watercolour painting in a friendly workshop environment.

Who is this course for

This course is for anyone interested in working with watercolour, either as a beginner or for those who have previous experience with the medium. All are welcome to sample from my personal take on this fascinating medium.

What does this course cover

To start with we will look at the history of Watercolour, different materials used and the main artists who used the medium, to the present day.
A brief history of watercolour, to put the medium in context.
A look at different paper surfaces that can be used to support watercolour.
A look at different watercolour makes.
A look at important watercolour artists throughout history.

We will progress to simple layering of the paint onto paper, ensuring that the student understands the technique.

Moving on to building layers of paint, which will improve the student's use of the medium and also build up confidence in the use of the medium.

Painting exercises will follow this, using natural and man-made objects as inspiration.
These will improve the student's knowledge of colour, composition and drawing skills too.

What will it be like

Individual tuition and group work. Students may do set projects offered. Practical demonstrations will be given.

Assessment is ongoing and based on tutor observations. The tutor will look at understanding of technical and aesthetic processes in relation to your discussed aims.

Verbal feedback is given throughout classes on a one-to-one basis. At the end of each term we will discuss projects as a group.

What else do you need to buy or do

Please have watercolour paper (some types of paper are available to buy from the classroom), NOT or ROUGH surface paper with a weight of 300 gsm would be ideal.
New students need only buy three colours of paint, small tubes, of RED YELLOW AND BLUE. Its not worth buying loads of different colour paint at this stage. A mixing palette and a few brushes (numbers 4 and 6 are recommend).

Homework will be set, as it's always best to practise any new watercolour techniques as often as possible, but it isn't mandatory and will depend entirely on what you are able to fit into your schedule.

What this course could lead to

Further exploration of the medium on other courses offered at the Mary Ward Centre, progressing to Level 3 Foundation in Art and Design.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask a member of reception staff, and a half-hour guidance interview can be arranged for you.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: www.learndirect.co.uk tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites: floodlight.co.uk; hotcourses.com

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Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’