Intro To Watercolour Painting Online

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.

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

This 3 week Summer 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.

What does this course cover

This fun and contemporary 3 week Summer Online Watercolour course explores a variety of techniques including using: String, Stencils and additional media 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!
Working from a variety of easily accessible themes/ subjects such as: Nature/ Urban Life / Text, you will be encouraged to work loosely to encourage a refreshing more contemporary style of painting.

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 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.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

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.

Materials List
Watercolour pencils Charcoal 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. Brushes 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, Fine Liner permanent ink pen size 0.3mm or 0.4mm nib

What this course could lead to

Further Study with Mary Ward Centre.
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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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

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.’