Watercolour : Starts Wednesday 5th Feb – Call for details
Acrylics : Starts Wednesday 4th March
portraits : Starts Thursday 5th March
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 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!
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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!
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 😀
Starter Set – Alvaro Castagnet
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!
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.
Ultramarine – no stock
Pthalo Green (Blue) – no stock
Other Favourite Brands
- LED Lightbox – for quick transfer of drawings
- Value Finder – quickly assess light & dark relationships
- Colour Wheel – Gain a better understanding of the theory we discuss
- Water Pot – Collapsable for easy transport, get two!
- Spritzer Bottle – Useful in most water based painting
- Art Pallette – Watercolour or acrylics (One for each paint)
- Art Pallete – Oils or acrylic (One for each paint – I don’t use these)
- Art Pallete – Disposable, saves on the clean up
- Masking Tape – For all sorts of jobs
- Craft Knife – Pencil sharpening and various other tasks
- Canvas Brush Wrap – For short to medium handles, pens, pencils
- Pallet Knives – When its got to go on thick