This course has concessions available

Contemporary Watercolour – Online

With the emphasis on nature, landscape and abstraction, this course will explore the liquid dynamics of water colour and other based media. It will look at modern and contemporary artists and encourage development of your own ideas and visual language.

Classes will on Zoom and will involve some self-study and information being sent to you via email. The online section of the course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have it installed.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

Though some experience is required as basics are not covered, this is generally a mixed level class. Students often progress to this after completing (3 terms) of Watercolour 2. Students need an open attitude and a willingness to explore and develop their own ideas.
Although some knowledge of the medium is expected, the course is open to students at a range of levels as it offers perspectives on creative process and the watercolour medium generally which are relevant to all and not dependent on your level of skill.

What does this course cover

- Looking at modern and contemporary artists who use watercolour in inspirational ways.
- Experimenting with the marks that watercolour can make and how to use them, such as flow marks, sedimentation and dry lines.
- Experimenting with more unusual techniques of watercolour such as floating watercolour on water and making prints.
- Looking at the relationship of watercolour and nature.
- Developing a personal project then curating and presenting it to other students.
- Colour and luminosity.
- Working outside on the river bank.

Term 1: Abstracting landscape, Alchemy of colour and materials (Callum Innes) Alchemy of fluid dynamics (Bernd Koberling) Sculpting watercolour (Minjun Kim). Personal project.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
Be familiar with the methods and attitudes of a variety of modern artists who use watercolour.
Have developed your watercolour skills and found ways to work with them more inventively.
Have explored watersoluble materials beyond watercolour e.g. ink and acrylic.
Begin to develop your own ideas and themes more comprehensively.

What will it be like

The course will be run on Zoom, 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.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

You will need a way of photographing your work and sending it through to me by attachments in an email or by WeTransfer. Most people use their phone or camera. You can familiarise yourself with WeTransfer here: It is a simple method of sending files that are too large in size for normal email.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

What else do you need to buy or do

Watercolour Materials - a list will be sent to you once you enrol.

What this course could lead to

Further Study with Mary Ward Centre. Watercolour 2 or Watercolour 1 Mary Ward Centre as each course has its particular flavour. Another art course at the Mary Ward Centre or other A.E institution. Pre-foundation course at Mary Ward Centre or the Foundation course leading to Further Education. Continuing to develop your skills in watercolour independently.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre. Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

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 and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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.’