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Lifelong Learning - Watercolour painting for beginners

Learn the skills necessary to create your very own works of art.

Paint a landscape, a seascape, reflections and shadows through the wonderful media of watercolour. Learn techniques, such as wet in wet, blending colours, tonal value and composition skills. To transform the appearance of your watercolour painting using mixed medium acrylic, ink pastel and gouache.

Suitable for: Beginner to intermediate.

Duration: 12 weeks.

Course fee: £82 full fee / £57 concessionary fee.

What you will need

Paper - The choice of paper is important. Poor quality paper will give poor results. Watercolour paper falls into three categories:

  1. 'Hot' surface. This is the most popular range of paper, it has enough texture for the painter to make full use of watercolourists techniques.
  2. 'Hot pressed' paper. A smooth surface least favoured by watercolourists.
  3. 'Rough'. As its name suggests, this paper has a heavy uneven texture, the brush sweeps over the paper leaving speckled highlights on the surface.

We recommend 'Bockingford Hot Surface' 140lb weight as this will not need to be stretched.

Watercolour brushes - We would recommend three brushes to start: ½" flat, No. 6 round, and No. 3 rigger. All made with a blend of sable and synthetic hair. These brushes if looked after will last all year.

Paints or paintboxes - Winsor and Newton 'Cotman Watercolours' are good quality paints for the beginner. 'Cotman Pocket set' contains 12 colours and will cost about £11. A good starter pack. Tubes of paint will last much longer than pans. 'Cotman' do two sizes 8ml £1.90 and 21ml £3.70. Artist quality paints are up to 3 times more expensive.

Mixing tray - to mix the colours.

Paintboard or hardboard - can be bought from DIY shops for £2.00 12"x18" (art shops can charge up to £10).

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Friday 20 September 20199.15am - 11.15amCREST, CwmbwrlaAlan MorgansCOURSE FULLJoin waiting list
Friday 10 January 20209.15am - 11.15amVictoria Park PavilionAlan Morgans1122


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