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Learn the first principles of working with watercolour in this 6-week course by award-winning artist, Peter David Scott. Each week, there will be a set subject and you will explore various techniques taught by your tutor, Peter. Peter will complete staged demonstrations which you can follow. The subject will be chosen to introduce a specific set of skills in the medium and will be tailored to be achievable within the 2-hour class. The colours used will be limited to about 10, which will allow you to become familiar with their properties and Peter will advise on the use of various kinds of brushes, paper and mixing media. During the class, there will be one to one advice given to each student about their work and time will be taken to answer individual queries which will encourage group discussions. After the six weeks, you should have grasped the basic principles of watercolour and hopefully have a desire to take your studies of the medium further.

Course Timetable

Wednesdays 1:00 pm to 3.00 pm
12th September to 17th October

£60 per person for the 6 session course
Suitable for complete beginners and those with some experience

Week 1 
12th September

The first lesson will be a simple subject designed to introduce beginners to first principles and a useful ‘back to basics’ for improvers.

Week 2 
19th September

The subsequent weeks, we will tackle a mixture of still life, objects and images from photographic references. Life subjects may include fruit, flowers, metal objects, glass etc. The photographic reference could include a landscape, an animal, a seascape.

Week 3 
26th September

Week 4
3rd September

Week 5
10thSeptember

Week 6
17thSeptember

You Will Learn

Basic colour mixing
Laying down a wash
Working light to dark
Masking
Using a limited palette
Colour perspective
Light, shade and tonal value
Creating texture
Using pen and wash
Painting using ‘Wet in wet’, ‘wet on dry’ and drybrush.

You Will Need

Watercolour paints, if you have your own
Paint brushes, if you have your own
Watercolour paper, if you have your own
Ordinary pencil
Eraser
Jam jar for water

Watercolour paper and a small selection of brushes will be available for those who are beginning. Please bring your own preferred paper, paint and brushes if you have them.  Peter will advise you on the best options should they wish to buy your own. Ink pens will be supplied for ‘pen and wash’.

Facebook Group

You will be invited to a closed Facebook group exclusively for those attending the course to post your finished work, received step by step guides from Peter when necessary, and information on what will happen from week to week. Peter will post his finished demonstration piece as a guide along with reminders of the methods in the Facebook Group so that you can continue your paintings at home.
For those who do not use Facebook, a group emails with similar updates will be sent to you.

About Peter

Peter is an award-winning illustrator with nearly 50 solo books published worldwide. He has been commissioned by most of the well-known publishing houses, including Reader’s Digest, Harper Collins, Random House, Bloomsbury, Dorling Kindersley and 16 children’s books for Usborne. He has also worked in television, advertising and regularly in magazines, supplying all the artwork for the monthly column ‘Hidden Britain’ in BBC Wildlife magazine. His artwork has been exhibited in London, Norwich and many venues in his native Yorkshire as well as the ‘Art of the Picture Book’ exhibition as part of the Guildford Book Festival. He has a large watercolour in the permanent collection of ‘Nature in Art’ in Gloucestershire. His artwork was selected for the Association of Illustrators annual in 2012. Peter has recently completed 24 watercolour artworks for a new book ‘Time to Rhyme’ which is out now. Peter has taught painting and drawing in various media for over 25 years and currently runs several popular classes and workshops.