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When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Ruth Dupre
  • Course Code W21PDGF04C

What you will learn

Watercolour has a simplicity of means; paint, brush, water, and paper makes it attractive to many artists. Turner, Cézanne, Klee as well as contemporary artists have used the medium both for highly finished works and as notations and explorations of things seen or imagined. The rich variety and specific possibilities from transparency, chance, glazing of colours, immediacy and control allow for many ways to use the medium. Gain experience and develop your painting skills within a group environment; either working from observation or other visual resources. The emphasis is on individual development and realising your own potential with watercolour. Beginners welcome.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Show an awareness in your work of observational strategies and the role of drawing
  • Generate and develop a range of watercolour approaches from observation and from reference materials
  • Have a resource of colour concepts and ways of manipulating paint to use creatively in your painting practice
  • Have a developing knowledge of some painters and their approaches to watercolour painting
  • Collaborate with your colleague students in the development of your own and their painting practice


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Beginners will be invited to follow a structured programme. Each term will build on basic watercolour concepts and skills in relation to traditional and experimental approaches to still-life, figurative and landscape subject matter. Varied examples will be shown by other artists working with realism, abstraction and expressionism. If joining with some experience, you will have the opportunity to identify an individual project either using your own resources or painting from observation. All learners will be encouraged to meet the outcomes at a personal level and those with previous experience may be offered more challenging aspects to planned projects. There will be an emphasis on sharing knowledge, experience and supporting each other via group discussions and shows of work with group crits. The tutor will facilitate group discussions, give presentations, demonstrations and work with students one to one and in groups.

    Entry requirements

    The course is for all abilities. While it is helpful to come with some drawing experience, complete beginners are welcome.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    The course takes place in a studio with stair access only

    What you need

    It would be useful to have a notebook or sketchbook and something to write and/or draw with. You will need to have your own watercolour paints and brushes: details will be given at the first session. If you already have your own materials please do bring them for the first session. If you do not have any, the cost to buy will be between £18 and £50. *Sheets of watercolour paper can be bought at Morley at warehouse prices between 80p and £2.20. Pencils, sketchbooks, cartridge paper, masking tape are also available to buy at cost price.*Paints and brushes will be available for use the first session and in emergencies

    What you can do next

    Course VPD033C and VPD033E are the follow-on modules giving more time for development of individual projects