Building confidence and discovering the joy of watercolour.
Exploring and extending your understanding of watercolour and how you
can develop your ideas in painting. Watercolour is a very flexible
medium which can be enjoyed indoors or outdoors. You need not have
a vast array of materials but can start with a few key items. These will
be highlighted during the sessions. You will learn established “tricks of
the trade” in a friendly relaxed environment and be invited to develop
and share your own successes and failures, the latter being a very
important part of the journey as what does not suite one painting may
be exactly what is needed in the next. You will be experimenting with
processes to develop vibrant exciting watercolours. Painting is a journey
and I look forward to the discoveries made each term.

This course is suitable for beginners and more experienced painters.

Watercolour is a magical medium which can be used in a variety of
ways, but the quality of the materials impacts the results.
Watercolour materials can be very costly. I recommend that you start
with what you have and gradually increase your supplies. Student brand
materials are tempting but they produce muddy results. So that you can
join in the initial session I suggest that you bring what you have, and we
can discuss any concerns in the class. I have outlined what I
recommend but am not expecting you to have everything all at once.
Please bring some paper for drawing, pencils, eraser, sharpener, to the
first session and any watercolour materials you already own or wish to
purchase from my suggestions. There are many excellent brands and the
ones listed are my preference and a guide. Artist quality watercolour is a
joy to work with and tiny drop of paint will go a very long way. The
same applies to paper and brushes
I recommend fewer colours start with and the following brands are my

  • Windsor and Newton Artist grade tubes
  • Daniel Smith Watercolour tubes
  • Sennelier Watercolour tubes

If you already use watercolour pans please bring them to class

  • 140g Cold Press a versatile surface. I recommend Bockingford made by
    St Cuthbert’s Mill or SeaWhite Watercolour paper
  • 2 glass jars for water
  • White china plate for your palette, china is much better than plastic as
    the puddles of paint do not pool.
  • Paper Towel
  • HB pencil
  • Putty rubber or blue tack
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener
  • Craft knife
  • Masking tape
  • Rough paper for drawing, cheap cartridge or lining paper recommended

Recommended online suppliers:

  • Cass Art
  • Jacksons Art Supplies

The cost of the materials

Cläre is a mixed media artist passionate about materials and how they
interact. She creates evocative, intuitive paintings inspired by travelling
and storytelling. Her interest in colour and pattern stem from a
fascination with the effects of weathering and decay and the cycle of
regeneration. She works with oil paint, cold wax, acrylics & watercolour.
Her work has been showcased at the Islington Contemporary Art Fair,
The Stroud House Contemporary Gallery, Gallery Above Linton and has
been bought by private collectors.
She has been working as a tutor and mentor for ten years and her
special interest is helping empowering learners to find their visual
language and build a confident approach to art making.
She studied Stage Design at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Fine Art
at Central St Martins and Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge
School of Art. Her continued interest in CPD led her take the Creative
Visionary Programme with Nicholas Wilton in 2020.

Course Details

Day Tuesday
Time 14.30-16.30
Weeks/Term 10
Start Date 24/09/2024
Cost £136
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