This course has concessions available

Painting Flowers In Watercolour Ink – Online

Inspired by posies / individual stems of colourful blooms, this short course will introduce you to painting flowers with watercolour inks. We will work with a variety of techniques, including: wet on wet, wax resist, glazing and embellishing with colouring pencils. We will begin the course producing a series of large, modern, loose paintings and then gradually move into a more traditional approach of developing smaller, more detailed observations. Some previous general drawing experience is preferred. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email. The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu
Your tutor, Cleo Harrington, worked in the animation industry for several years as well as 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.

Available Classes:

Who is this course for

This Course is for anyone who enjoys using colour, exploring techniques and would like to experiment with coloured inks. Beginners are welcome.

What does this course cover

During this Course you will be introduced to the work of a few established floral painters to gain some understanding of their techniques. Then we will produce our own series of modern, loose paintings before developing smaller, more detailed observations as a more traditional approach. We will initially work 'wet on wet' to embrace the inks' flow and spontaneity, then we will learn to control the brush strokes for the smaller, more detailed work. By the end of the course students will be able to render more detailed forms in ink.

What will it be like

There will be demonstration and exploration of techniques. The tutor will give direction to the group as well as individual instruction and support. Progress will be assessed through group critique.
Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

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 quite 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.

Students will need to buy:
A set of watercolour inks,
Water colour pencils
A range of soft brushes
A permanent ink Black fine liner 0.3 mm
A3 Foam Board for using as a drawing board
Cold Pressed Watercolour Paper Size A4 Pad.

What this course could lead to

This Course could lead to further Courses in Watercolour as well as other courses 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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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.’