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Watercolour landscapes: beginner - intermediate

Learn how to create a landscape, seascape, reflections and shadows.

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. 

12 week course.

Course days/datesCourse info
Tuesdays 6.30pm - 8.30pm
9 January - 3 April 2018
Place: Glais Community Centre
Tutor: Alan Morgans
Code: 1082
Wednesdays 10.00am - 12.00pm
10 January - 4 April 2018
Place: Glais Community Centre
Tutor: Alan Morgans
Code: 1092
Wednesdays 2.00pm - 4.00pm
10 January - 4 April 2018
Place: Daniel James Adult Education Centre
Tutor: Alan Morgans
Code: 1102
Wednesdays 6.30pm - 8.30pm
10 January - 4 April 2018
Place: St Teilo on the Clase
Tutor: Alan Morgans
Code: 1112

What you will need

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

  1. "Not" 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.

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

  • Watercolour brushes: I 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 shop for £2.00 12" x 18" (art shops can charge up to £10)
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