beginners watercolour

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!

Suggested Equipment
Table top easel
A3 (minimum) Winsor Newton paper (300gsm / 140lb) or better
Small watercolour sketch pad
Pallet, jars, 2b pencil, eraser
Kitchen roll
Small hair dryer

Suggested brushes (suitable for Watercolour)
1″ flat or wash
No. 6-8 round
No.2-3 detail
No. 0 Fine detail

Watercolour Pallet – preferably tube paints

Earth Colours
Raw Sienna
Burnt Sienna
Raw Umber
Burnt Umber
Yellow Ochre

Yellows
Cadmium Yellow
Lemon Yellow

Greens
Sap Green
Viridian

Blues
Cerulean Blue
Prussian Blue
French Ultramarine
Cobalt Blue – optional
Indigo – optional

Violets
Dioxazine Violet
Purple Lake

Reds
Alizarin Crimson
Permanent Rose (or magenta)
Cadmium Red Deep
Indian Red – optional
Winsor Orange

Ivory Black
Chinese White
White gouache

10 Responses to beginners watercolour

  1. Roger Bloomer says:

    Do you have dates for 2017 as I have missed the September /Nov courses

    • aa-rt says:

      Hello Roger, my 2017 dates aren’t set yet but should all be early January. I will be doing a handful of full day workshops in December… all the dates will be up online in the coming week. I will drop you an email when they are up.

      Thanks Roger
      Sean
      Thanks

  2. Gill says:

    Hi i have been learning to dketch portraits fairies etc and used some pastels i want to improve my drawing skills plus i want to kearn how to use different mediums eg water volours etc. Thanks

    • aa-rt says:

      Hello gill… I have now sorted the dates for my September starts with my watercolour courses, lye course begins on Saturday 3rd and Sedgley course starts on Wednesday 21st. If you are interested please do get in touch. You will note all the new dates for other courses will be published on the site this week also.

  3. Kath Dudley says:

    Thank you for your email I would like to be notified of your beginners course.

    Kind regards
    Kath

  4. Kath Dudley says:

    As a complete beginner could you please advice if you have any dates for courses at Red Cone – Stourbridge

    • aa-rt says:

      Hello Kath,I currently have no plans for new courses at the red cone prior to the end of the year. However I am planning a range of new courses starting in the new year some of which may be here at the cone. One of these new courses will be aimed at complete beginners.If this sounds good with you I will pt you on my mailing list for when the details go out, or you can keep an eye on course details appearing here on the site nearer to the time.

      Thanks for getting in touch
      Sean

  5. Kumiko Ohashi says:

    do you run Painting & Drawing – Beginners Watercolour after Easter? any art workshops?

    • aa-rt says:

      Hello Kumiko,I have not had plans for new courses at the red cone prior to the end of this year. However I am planning a range of new courses starting in the new year some of which may be here at the cone. One of these new courses will be aimed at complete beginners.If this sounds good with you I will put you on my mailing list for when the details go out, or you can keep an eye on course details appearing here on the site nearer to the time.

      Thanks for getting in touch
      Sean

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