So… You have decided you want to learn to paint! You have cast around at the various options, checked out a couple of magazines and books, you headed off to the local art shop, been somewhat slightly overwhelmed by all of the choices but bought a few things anyway… got back and maybe worked your way through a couple of step by step tutorials, and maybe your appetite got whetted just enough to know that you want more!
If that is you then this is an excellent course for you if you consider yourself a beginner and have never really drawn or painted before. Come along and try out ideas and techniques in watercolour. This is an introduction to art, fun and challenging it will give you an idea of what this beautiful medium is all about!
You don’t need any art experience just a willingness to learn, you will be given guidance on materials, budgeting, places and groups to find more help. Don’t worry if you haven’t yet bought anything as provisional art materials are available here on the course to get you going, however I do advise bringing along any materials you may have for advice on their capabilities.
So what can you expect when you are here, well, you will be guided step by step through simple drawing transfer techniques and then go on to produce a simple yet lovely watercolour painting that gives an insight into the mediums properties and the techniques of mark making.
This is a repeater art course, so you can come back again and again safe in the knowledge that you will learn something new and face new challenges that produce better and better paintings.
Throughout this beginner art course your drawing skills will improve, however the focus of the course will not require you to learn or already have strong drawing skills, so if you reckon that a matchstick man is the best you can do… think again as that does not stop you from enjoying the pastime of painting!
If you are part of an art club and would like a guest tutor to run occasional workshops at your venue then please drop me a line to discuss your needs.
Below is a list of suggested equipment and materials that you will need over time. Don’t worry if you haven’t got any of this or you have other stuff in your art box…. Bring along what you do have, there is always enough materials available to get you started on the way!
Table top easel
A3 (minimum) Winsor Newton paper (300gsm / 140lb) or better
Small watercolour sketch pad
Pallet, jars, 2b pencil, eraser
Small hair dryer
Suggested brushes (suitable for Watercolour)
1″ flat or wash
No. 6-8 round
No. 0 Fine detail
Watercolour Pallet – preferably tube paints
Cobalt Blue – optional
Indigo – optional
Permanent Rose (or magenta)
Cadmium Red Deep
Indian Red – optional