This course has concessions available

Watercolour 2

Level 2: Exploring colour mixing and a broader range of materials and artists the course will focus on creative process and developing your own ideas and visual language.
Classes will be blended - with half the classes online and the other half in the studio, please see below for more information. The course 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. The first two lessons will be in class at the college.

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

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Who is this course for

Level 2: For those who have a good basic knowledge of watercolour techniques.

For students who have completed a year (3 terms) of Watercolour 1 or who have some familiarity with watercolour painting which they would like to expand. Students need an open attitude and a willingness to explore and develop their own ideas.
Although some experience in the medium is expected, the course is open 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

Guidance on how to source and develop ideas into finished work .
Exercises encouraging students to look and lose inhibitions and explore their creative process.
Looking at a range of artists who use and have used watercolour eg Turner, Emile Nolde and Gerhard Richter.
Exploration of watercolour media and materials.
Combining watercolour with other materials and surfaces.
Exploration of marks and effects possible in watercolour
Colour and colour mixing.
Visiting Tate Print room and working from original works by Turner (second term).
Working outside (third term).
Term 1: Renewing knowledge of watercolour: tutor guided creative process exercises, how to use masking fluid, colour and luminosity, module: learning to develop ideas and visual language with trip to British Museum, trying out alternative surfaces e.g. fabric, working with oil paint transfer, looking at artist Emil Nolde and his use of Japanese paper. One to one reviews.
Students progress through terms 1,2 and 3. Some aspects are revisited each term e.g. colour and luminosity as there is no limit on extent these can be explored. Other aspects are unique to each term. Terms can also be taken as stand alone.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
1. Have developed your watercolour skills and techniques.
2. Have found ways to harness and develop your own ideas
3. Have developed awareness of your creative process and imagination and how to tune into it
4. Be familiar with a variety of artists who use watercolour

What will it be like

Blended learning
In response to the new Covid situation this course is being taught as 'blended'. Meaning that for half the lessons you will attend in class, and the other half you will be taught online via Zoom. More information on this will be sent out once you enrol.
Each session's themes will be introduced through Tutor talks, powerpoint presentation, handouts/ powerpoint presentations and references material from books or the internet.
On occasion the tutor will include guided creative process exercises where each procedure is precisely set out and instructed and the group works within the same timed moment. These are especially helpful for reducing inhibitions, bypassing fixed habits and generally freeing up. There will be group feedback sessions as well as one to one discussion. Tutor will demonstrate some techniques and provide handouts.
In the class room there are natural forms, still life objects, photographs and other materials to work from when not working in the abstract. In work after Zoom sessions you source your own subject matter or images/photographs are sent through.
As well as watercolour there is a focus on the action of water in general so other materials will be used such as ink, crayon, charcoal and pencil and more. Traditional paint brushes will be used but so will alternatives such as pipettes, string and reed pens.
The atmosphere in the class is generally open, experimental, focused and friendly.
Handouts and other info will come through to you by email after the session. This will include the collated powerpoint of the whole group's work for the week.
Assessment is informal and happens:
By looking at the quality of work you produce and how it develops.
By verbal feedback and discussion to assess your understanding individually and during group reviews.
The tutor will keep records of your progress and you will be asked to complete feedback forms.

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.

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.

Watercolour Materials - list will be sent out once you enrol

What this course could lead to

Further Study with Mary Ward Centre. Watercolour 3 (Contemporary watercolour) at Mary Ward Centre or 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. Continue and develop your skills in watercolour.
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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