Watercolour : Starts Wednesday 5th Feb – Call for details
Acrylics : Starts Wednesday 4th March

portraits : Starts Thursday 5th March

Acrylics

Acrylics are one of the most fun mediums with the added fact that its almost impossible to go wrong so they are great for beginners. There are loads of techniques to be learned in a fun and sociable environment so if you are looking to build your artistic confidence then these courses are for you!

There are two courses that cover mainly wildlife and landscape and one course focuses exclusively on portraiture, these being Wednesday and Thursday respectively. Both of these courses aim to improve your drawing skills too but you do not need to be able to draw to join.

Watercolour

Watercolour is a dynamic medium full of fluidity and movement. It is very expressive and I teach it that way using wet into wet methods. I run an exclusive for beginners session on a Wednesday so if you are unsure I recommend this before considering other sessions.

If you have a little more experience my Tuesday afternoon and Friday morning courses off the opportunity to be more experimental getting to grips with the techniques of wet into wet watercolour.

You do not need any former experience for either of these mediums as you are guided every step of the way, self development and personal interpretation is actively encouraged through individually centred demonstration as well as group demonstrations.

If you are more advanced and intermediate and just looking for a session in which to work on your own projects with a smattering of guidance then the Tuesday or Friday session is perfect for you, we would love to have you join us and inspire us!

Suggested Equipment

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Watercolour

Watercolour Basic Equipment

  • Large Mop – Beginner brush – Great for big splashy washes
  • Flat – Beginner brush – 3/4″ for structural mark making
  • Round – Beginner brush – No.8 for general purpose
  • Detail – Beginner brush – Small enough for most intricate work
  • Script Liner – Beginner brush – Also known as ‘Rigger’ for long strokes
  • Paper – Small pad for testing and experimenting
  • Paper – (A3) Student grade – good for beginners
  • Paper – (A3) High quality with a coarse tooth for great texture
  • Paper – (A3) High quality with a fine tooth for finer detailing
  • Gouache – (A3) White for small corrections and highlights
  • Masking Fluid – Protects specific areas of your paper

Cotman : Student Watercolour

Cotman, made by Winsor Newton, is a great brand to get you started at an affordable price. If you are unsure yet about watercolours being right for you head to the bottom of the list and purchase the paint set, it will get you through everything you need right now!

Cadmium Yellow

Lemon yellow

Pthalo Green

Ultramarine

Cerulean

Purple Lake

Dioxizine Violet

Cadmium Red

Cadmium Orange

Alizarin Crimson

Permanent Rose

Burnt Sienna

Raw Sienna

Burnt Umber

Raw Umber

Yellow Ochre

Payne’s Grey

Starter Set

Daniel Smith : Professional Watercolour

A great brand for professional work. Once you know that watercolour is right for you then this list will see you produce astonishing results! Please note that this list is a bare minimum, DS paints are so beautiful that you will just keep on expanding your range 😀

Hansa Yellow (Light)

Permanent Yellow Deep

Burgundy Yellow Ochre

Quinacridone Burnt Orange

Quinacridone Gold

Cadmium Orange

Quinacridone Rose

Lavendar

Ultramarine Violet

Lunar Violet

French Ultramarine

Manganese Blue

Pthalo Green (Blue)

Sepia

Starter Set – Alvaro Castagnet

Acrylic

General Acrylic Equipment

  • Filbert – Great general purpose – get short handled if preferred
  • Large Blender – Softening out large areas, or washes & glazes
  • Background Blender – Primarily for oils, high quality
  • Round – Ideal for sharp edges and blocking in
  • Flat – Structural mark making
  • Canvas Board – Hard backed, good size but get the right size for you

Galleria : Student Grade Acrylics

Galleria, made by Winsor Newton, is a great brand to get you started at an affordable price. If you are unsure yet about acrylics being right for you head to the bottom of the list and purchase the paint set, it will get you through everything you need right now!

Cadmium Yellow

Lemon Yellow

Naples Yellow

Cadmium Orange

Pthalo Green

Cerulean Blue

Ultramarine

Winsor Violet

Crimson

Permanent Rose

Cadmium Red

Burnt Sienna

Raw Sienna

Burnt Umber

Raw Umber

Payne’s Gray

Titanium White

W&N Artist Acrylic

A great brand for professional work. Once you know that acrylic is right for you then this list will see you produce astonishing results! Please note that this list is a bare minimum and there are some beautiful ranges to choose from when expanding your range :D. Alongside those I use in my session I have also included links to some of my other favourite brands.

Cadmium Yellow Light

Naples Yellow

Cadmium Orange

Cadmium Red (Medium)

Permanent Rose

Quinacridone Magenta

Ultramarine Violet

Ultramarine – no stock

Pthalo Torquoise

Pthalo Green (Blue) – no stock

Burnt Sienna

Raw Sienna

Burnt Umber

Raw Umber

Payne’s Gray

Titanium White

Other Favourite Brands

System 3 Acrylics

Golden Acrylics

Sennelier Acrylics

Sundries